Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Brian Culbertson - Come On Up (2003)


An enjoyable album of smooth jazz in the same vein as Brian Simpson and Jeff Lorber (which is a nice way of saying there's nothing here that can immediately identify the artist). Lots of familiar names: Marcus Miller, Norman Brown, Jerry Hey, Rick Braun, etc. The only downside is the use of synth drums - a fad that should have run its course by 2003. Culbertson uses live horns and strings, but synth drums. Go figure. Credit to Culbertson, his writing, and the fact that he plays many instruments: keyboards, percussion, trombone, and trumpet (his dad was a school band director). Most reviews I've read give this 3 out of 5 stars; sound about right.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #197
Peak on the US Billboard Jazz Albums chart: #3
Peak on the US Billboard R&B Albums chart: #36

Tracks: The better tracks are Say What?, Playin', and the title track, which got a lot of airplay ("lot" being a relative term for jazz radio). I had high hopes for the cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's Serpentine Fire, but after an exciting intro, the thing just lies there. Skippable tracks include Days Gone By and Fly High.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None - just picked it up recently out of a used bin for $1.

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