Somethin' Bout Love

Somethin' Bout Love

by Brian Culbertson
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Somethin' Bout Love

There is a strange but beautiful irony that occurs when an artist writes a great song upon the death of a loved one. Doubtful that Brian Culbertson was aiming for one of Somethin' Bout Love's (Atlantic) most emotionally rich tunes when he wrote the powerful gospel of "I'm Gonna Miss You" for his late manager Howard Lowe II, but he and co-writer/vocalist Lori Perry achieve just that. Unlike similar tunes in American culture that come across as generic, the poignant lyrics are specific to the artist-manager relationship, adding to the tune's uniqueness. The previous ten tracks are typically engaging Culbertson: irresistibly bubbly piano melodies over easy funk grooves, and engaging guest shots by genre artists like saxman Steve Cole (whose alto jams alongside the piano on the hook as Ricky Peterson's Hammond B-3 simmers like a finger on the trigger in the background), Paul Jackson, Jr., Wayman Tisdale, and Dave Koz. Part of the Culbertson lore has him becoming a smooth jazz star while pursuing his love of film scoring. "The Rise and Fall (Of Loving You)," a powerful duet with Koz, soars like the climactic scene in a romantic movie. Culbertson should also further cultivate his love for brassy R&B/blues funk, as the jammin' "Back in the Day" -- featuring the keyboardist playing trumpet and trombone -- which rings like a classic Earth, Wind & Fire type tune.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678323720
catalogNumber: 83237

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Culbertson   Primary Artist,Bass,Piano,Trombone,Trumpet,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass
Howard Hewett   Vocals
Dave Koz   Saxophone
Ricky Peterson   Hammond Organ
Michael Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Josie Aiello   Background Vocals
Alex Al   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Ray Fuller   Guitar
Steve Grisette   Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Tony Maiden   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Lori Perry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Patterson   Bass
Donnell Spencer   Vocals
Todd Sucherman   Drums
Fred White   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Michael White   Cymbals,Drums
Wayman Tisdale   Bass
Steve Cole   Saxophone
Jim Culbertson   Flugelhorn,Muted Trumpet
Gerey Johnson   Guitar,wah wah guitar
Oscar Seaton   Cymbals,Drums,Hi Hat
Kevin Chandler   Background Vocals
Steve Johnson   Cymbals

Technical Credits

Brian Culbertson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Bass Programming
Michael Manson   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
George Nauful   Executive Producer
Lori Perry   Vocal Arrangements
Steve Sykes   Engineer
Steve Weeder   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Craig Bauer   Producer,Engineer,Pro-Tools
Dave Hutten   Pro-Tools
Scott Steiner   Producer,Engineer,Pro-Tools
Thomas Bricker   Art Direction
Jennifer Davis   grooming
Eddie King   Engineer

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Somethin' Bout Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard one song by chance on a local jazz station in Cleveland, OH. Purchased the cd for that song, and was pleasently surprised. The disk is best played cover to cover. No song is a letdown.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listen to this song, in fact the entire album (Secret Garden), repeatedly. I even take this CD into work with me. I find it very relaxing and easy to listen to. It mellows me out and places me in times and places that I enjoy remembering...thank you
Guest More than 1 year ago
I already liked this guy's music the first time I heard one of his cuts on the radio. But, I recently caught his concert in Atlanta and I can honestly say this guy is a major talent. He really entertains the crowd and really gets you to participate in his music. Brian, keep doin what you're doin because, there's somethin' bout your music that really inspires me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album on a friends recommendation. I typically listen to modern rock so I was skeptical to say the least. However, this is the most solid album I have. Its great in the car and great by the fire with someone special. Its jazzy and soothing throughout each track. I liked it so much I bought Secrets the next week!