April 6, 2011

Berks Jazz Fest 2011: Brian Culbertson

Sunday night, the festival was brought to an end with Brian Culbertson who pulled all the stops to bring the house down. He jumped onto the stage with his youthful energy, kicking off the show with some funky uptempo material featuring him on keys, before turning to his current release XII with the radio hit "That's Life". The band consisted of Gerey Johnson on guitar, Eddie Miller on keys & B3, Chris Miskel on drums, Nathaniel Kearney Jr. on bass, Marqueal Jordan on sax & vocals, plus a four-piece horn section (including his father Jim Culbertson). Special guest was singer Kenny Lattimore who did first one his own songs, then an uptempo vocal track from XII, which was very well received. After another instrumental, Marqueal Jordan sang "Skies Wide Open". Kenny Lattimore performed "You Are My Starship" in his own soulful way plus his nod to the UK with a soulful Beatles cover. Brian slowed things down with a solo keyboard track called "Forever", before the party really started with his version of the EWF classic "Serpentine Fire", then again slowing it down with his famous slow keyboard track where he plays from the opposed side and almost crawls into his instrument, which had the crowd cheering. Then the funk was brought back for a high-energy final, complete with a horn frenzy having Brian play the trombone, ending a satisfying a very balanced concert, that had it all from funk to jazz to soul.

Posted by Peter Böhi at April 6, 2011 10:28 PM