Contemporary jazz star lets fans into his musical world on new DVD/CD release
On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, contemporary jazz star Brian Culbertson released Live From The Inside (GRP Records), a dynamic – and yet intimate – DVD/CD capturing the multi-instrumentalist with his longtime band and special guests recording his songs live in the studio. Live From The Inside is a DVD (with over 90 minutes of special features) and a 12-song CD that offers Culbertson fans newly-rendered versions of some of his most popular numbers, as well as a brand new song entitled "Go."
Culbertson, who is known for his high-energy concerts and expert musicality, wanted to document live performances with his band, but desired to also give his fans something special…an entry into his world behind-the-scenes. Instead of shooting the performance segments of the DVD on stage, he decided to film his band both rehearsing and performing live in the studio - playing at the same high energy level as if they were in concert, but with the advantage of optimal sound and visual lines.
"I was flying home from the Berks Jazz Festival back in March (2009) when the whole idea for this project hit me, " Brian states. "I wanted to show people a true inside look at not only my music, but my life as a musician. I guess you could call the concept a high-energy blast of 'best of' and biography."
Live From The Inside features Culbertson on keyboard, trombone, and bass along with his long-standing band: drummer Chris Miskel, bassist Lamar Jones, singer/keyboardist Eddie Miller, guitarist Wayne Bruce, saxophonist/singer Marqueal Jordan, trumpeter Michael Stever, and singer/guitarist Sheldon Reynolds. All-star guests such as Ray Parker Jr., Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Michael Lington, Eric Darius, and Brian’s father, Jim Culbertson, joined in on the sessions, which were recorded in the famed Capitol Records (Studio A) in Hollywood, CA.
The result is an electrifying “live in the studio” performance filled with vigor, verve, and ferocious vitality. Hit songs such as “Always Remember,” “Get It On,” and “On My Mind” are given a new lease on life with fresh tempos and thrilling accents as Brian and his crew re-imagined the music to keep it exciting for both themselves and their audience. And of course, the recordings wouldn’t be complete without covers of some classic funk tunes – “Hollywood Swinging" (Kool & The Gang) and "Serpentine Fire" (Earth Wind and Fire) – get an updated treatment from Culbertson and his band.
But this is much more than a mere music video: Live from the Inside gives fans a guided tour of all things Culbertson: his childhood home, the high school and college he attended, the recording studio from whence countless projects sprung, the apartment where he recorded his first album. Fans will also get a sense of what life on the road is like for the Brian Culbertson Band as the camera documents their journey – from the monotony of airports and buses to the venue for soundcheck, and finally, the moment that makes all of it worthwhile: showtime!
Following the release of Live From The Inside, Culbertson will hit the road once again, taking Brian Culbertson’s A Soulful Christmas tour to venues across the country. This year, Brian is proud to share the stage with good friend and chart-topping sax-man, Michael Lington. AirTran Airways is returning as the tour’s sponsor. In typical Culbertson fashion, the show will feature uplifting and soulful performances of holiday favorites as well as songs featured on Live From The Inside.
Brian’s first, DVD/CD, Live From The Inside, is available now in both retail and online stores including www.brianculbertson.com.