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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Great Just Needs A Drummer
This is up to the normal standard of Culbertson albums, great tunes and well played, I have only one criticism the programmed drums get a bit tiring after a while, especially on a track like Madelena which could have been a classic except for the dull background programming, in fact the track would have been better without the programming a la accoustic alchemy...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some great numbers, but not his best! Very enjoyable as a whole.
On "Dreams", Brian Culbertson attempts to dig further into the vein he opened on 2010's XII, where he seamlessly married adult-oriented R&B to contemporary jazz.
In fact, "Dreams" feels like a bookend of sorts. He employs an alternating cast of studio aces who include Alex Al, John "Jubu" Smith, Eric Marienthal, Michael Stever, Ray Parker, Jr., Rex Rideout, and Rob...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some great numbers, but not his best! Very enjoyable as a whole., 15 Jun 2012
This review is from: Dreams (Audio CD)
On "Dreams", Brian Culbertson attempts to dig further into the vein he opened on 2010's XII, where he seamlessly married adult-oriented R&B to contemporary jazz.
In fact, "Dreams" feels like a bookend of sorts. He employs an alternating cast of studio aces who include Alex Al, John "Jubu" Smith, Eric Marienthal, Michael Stever, Ray Parker, Jr., Rex Rideout, and Rob "Fonksta" Bacon, as well as a trio of vocalists: Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), Vivian Green, and Noel Gourdin.
There are some stellar numbers here, including the Williams vehicle, "No Limits", a midtempo babymaker. Culbertson's acoustic piano, Smith's guitar, and some pronounced loops ride atop the bassline to frame the singer's mellifluous tenor. This cut is the sweet spot where neo-soul, adult R&B, and contemporary jazz create a classy pop sound.
Vivian Green's moment, "Still Here", juxtaposes her taut vocal against acoustic piano and Rideout's fat synth bass with an insistent loop. The result is dramatic.
Opening instrumental "Later Tonight" features some nice horn work from Marienthal, Stever -- and Culbertson on trombone -- and very fine guitar from Bacon. Its melody is instantly recognizable with the horns being used sparely but effectively in the mix.
"In the City" may be the strongest of the instrumentals, with a deep bass groove and chugging, almost dubwise, rhythm. Here too, the horns fill the backdrop as Smith's guitar accents the bassline.
All of these cuts are in the first half of the album.
"You're My Music", sung by Gourdin, is a nice soul-pop bubbler and the title track, with its infectious melody and contrasting acoustic and electric guitars, offers a wonderful palette of textures.
The three closing instrumentals, however, are less distinguishable.
They seem to blunt the impact of the set's previous cuts rather than provide the kind of balance -- one suspects -- Culbertson was looking to create.
As "Chapter Two" of XII, this works well, but as an album, "Dreams" doesn't reach its predecessor's heights. T Jurek
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Great Just Needs A Drummer, 7 Dec 2012
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This is up to the normal standard of Culbertson albums, great tunes and well played, I have only one criticism the programmed drums get a bit tiring after a while, especially on a track like Madelena which could have been a classic except for the dull background programming, in fact the track would have been better without the programming a la accoustic alchemy.

It seems to be a thing with modern artists to do it yourself with the drum programming, why bother with a sax player, bass and guitar then play some dull tinny background on it which alters the feel of the music.

Having seen him live he can play drums, so please Brian give us real music, get your sticks out.

Otherwise would have been a 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Culbertson, 7 May 2013
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I really like the introspective side to his music. This is not the frantic style you'll hear when you see him playing live and it reveals another side to his many talents
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful song, 27 April 2014
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heard it on the radio and finally got the name by shazam and so glad i did, love it and once i knew the artist was able to find by previewing on amazon before i buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars best CD ever bought., 1 Mar 2014
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This CD is tremendous if you like this type of smooth easy listening jazz. Can't wait to receive his latest release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!!, 8 Aug 2013
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I have seen the light this CD is the Best......I heard it on a flight to the US and tracked it down by Google and was then directed to Amazon and now it is mine all mine and the whole experience was really good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect late night relaxation, 17 Mar 2013
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Truly wonderful easy listening for any smooth jazz fan. I would have given it five stars were it a little longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 30 Jan 2013
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Brian Culbertson never disappoints! His latest album is simply beautiful, the music soft and mellow and all you want to do after a hectic day, as the previous reviewer has duly pointed out, is to put this record on, unwind with a glass of wine and and enjoy this masterpiece to the fullest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i am Stil dreaming, 28 Oct 2012
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i loved this CD 'Dreams', very intimate and relaxing. It is a beautiful CD to unwind from an hectic misarable day, it helps you to let all your your seances to be recharged up again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL, 16 July 2012
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Yet another fantastic album from Brian Culbertson. One of those CDs where you can just drift away - the track Madelena is simply the best.
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