The past summer, award winning R&B musician and smooth jazz multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Selling Jazz Albums with his thirteenth release DREAMS, featuring the lead singles "Your Smile" and "Still Here" featuring Vivian Green which found themselves in the Top 10 at Smooth Jazz and Urban Contemporary radio.
(Los Angeles, California - Sept. 25, 2012) On November 25th at 9p.m. Centric TV will air the 2012 Soul Train Music Awards from Planet Hollywood in Los Angeles, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. Contemporary jazz artist and multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson has been nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/Group alongside Esperanza Spaulding, Cassandra Wilson, Ben Tankard and Peter White.
The nomination follows the release of the thirteen album DREAMS (Verve/Universal) which landed Brian at #1 position on Billboard;s Top Selling Jazz Albums and Jazz Songs. With the help of lauded guest vocalists Noel Gourdin, Vivian Gree and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition, Dreams masterfully fuses jazz sensibility with an R&B flair in a wondrous amalgam of captivating grooves.
Having worked with an array of stellar R&B artists such as Faith Evans, Ledisi, Brian McNight, Kenny Latimore, Musig Soulchild and Avant on his past albums - in total, Brian has produced or performed on over 25 No. 1 Records, received countless accolades, magazine covers and has been lauded by Prince!
Dreams is a stunning collection of 10 mesmerizing tunes, including the poignant lead single "Still Here" featuring the soulful vibe of Philly songbird Vivian Green, telling the passionate tale of how taking a risk on love can have a happy ending. "Your Smile," the albums lead jazz single is an exquisite rhythmic excursion underscored with an undeniable buoyant groove. Brian recruited the R&B vocal prowess of Stokley Williams to enhance the melodic elegance of "No Limits," whose romantic lyrics accentuate the thrill of actualizing an altruistic union. On "You're My Music," Boston-based singer Noel Gourdin pours his thick, soulful vocals over both Brian's shimmering piano chords and bass guitar licks.
On DREAMS, Brian brought together a group of "who's who" in music including: R&B producer and longtime collaborator and arranger Rex Rideout (Luther Vandross, Ledisi, and Lalah Hathaway to name but a few); four of R&B's top session players to help round out the sound - bassist Alex Al (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Quincy Jones); guitarists Michael Thompson (Babyface, Tony Braxton), Rob Bacon (Beyonce), and John "Jubu" Smith (Frankie Beverly & Maze, Whitney Houston). Dreams holds the key to a new dimension of the jazz listening experience by effortlessly combining elements of R&B and soul with spellbinding melodies and the marvel of inner visions. With Dreams, as with his previous efforts, Brian proceeds to keep the genre of jazz alive and viable by consistently injecting a fresh approach into his own unique sensibility. DREAMS definitely proves that jazz and groove fit hand-in-glove as they have for years!
Listen to the debut single "Still Here f/ Vivian Green on BET'S Centric and download at Essence.com
We here at www.criticaljazz.com wish Brian the best of luck and a great night of music for everyone!