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Brian Culbertson's 'Dreams' Soars

6/12/2012 10:42am EDT
Brian Culbertson is one of smooth jazz's best and brightest - which also raises my expectations for each album he puts out. Even by that high standard, new album Dreams is a success.

Dreams (released today) has that same funky, velvety-smooth sound that has made Culbertson so successful. He's consistently turned out the kind of music that you can easily lose yourself in. Take, for example, the album's second track "No Limits." It features guest vocals by Stokley Williams and is a perfect song for date night. It's the latest soulful, romantic ballad that Culbertson's become very good at, no...

Music Talk: The Week In Tunes

11/8/2011 1:00pm EST
Marianas Trench
Last week was a busy one in Southern California music. I spotted Marianas Trench, Simple Plan, Brian Culbertson and Maroon 5.

Wednesday night, Canadian pop-punk band Marianas Trench arrived at San Diego's House of Blues. (You might remember them from my recent interview with bassist Mike Ayley.)

It was the first United States tour for the band, who seemed to be having a fantastic time on stage. If I hadn't known it was their first American tour I would never have guessed. They carried themselves very well, and despite only playing an opening set, left a great impression.

Here's lead sing...

Music Talk: My 5 Most Significant Songs

10/7/2011 11:00am EDT
Brian Culbertson
Tonight VH1 concludes their countdown of The 100 Greatest Songs of the 00's. In honor of the occasion, I've compiled a much smaller list: the 5 songs that most impacted my life.

There are plenty of songs I've enjoyed, and even loved. But few are the ones that I can say have made a lasting impression. The tunes without which I wouldn't be the same person I am today. These five selections span from my youth to adulthood, from moments of joy to the brink of death and everything in between. I'm glad that I heard them, and I hope that you give them a listen.

5. "The Rise and Fall (of Loving Yo...

The 5 Albums Stuck In My CD Player

6/10/2011 6:00pm EDT
Maroon 5
I fired up my stereo today and realized I hadn't taken a CD out of its five-disc changer in nearly a month. Now that's good music...or at least, I've found some favorites. I thought I'd share them with you, dear readers, to spread the love and to ask you which albums spend longer than usual in your rotation.

Maroon 5, Hands All Over (2010)

Since discovering them a few weeks ago, I've had all of Maroon 5's albums in my stereo - but it's their newest release that's still playing, and not necessarily for the reasons you might think. Yes, the hit singles "Misery," "Give A Little More,"...

Jazz Appreciation Month: A Chat With Brian Culbertson

4/15/2011 4:00pm EDT
Brian Culbertson
In keeping with Jazz Appreciation Month, I have a special treat for you today: a recent chat with my all-time favorite musician, smooth jazz keyboardist Brian Culbertson! I caught up with Brian, who was named Keyboardist of the Year at the 2010 Smooth Jazz Awards, to ask about not only his phenomenal career as a jazz artist, but also his background in composing for television commercials and his thoughts about music in television.

Brian, you really get around, career-wise. A lot of people don't know you started in commercials. What were some of the ones you did? How different is that ...

Jazz Appreciation Month: My Favorite Smooth Jazz Artists

4/9/2011 2:00pm EDT
Bobby Caldwell
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, so what better time to pay tribute to my favorite genre of music? Smooth jazz is my genre of choice, and the artists below are the reason why. From great tunes to amazing concerts, they never fail to put a spring in my step or a tune in my head. In alphabetical order, here are my three favorite smooth jazz musicians, and a few others that you should give a listen to.

Bobby Caldwell

It's fitting that the first artist I ever listened to tops this list. The first concert I ever attended was Bobby Caldwell at Humphreys by the Bay when I was five; I go...

New CD Reviews, October 31, 2006 (The Who, Lil' Wayne, Lady Sovereign, Deftones & more)

10/31/2006 12:02pm EST
The Who - Endless Wire
New releases this week include albums from legends The Who, a Cash Money collaboration featuring Birdman and Lil' Wayne, the debuts from pint-sized UK rapper Lady Sovereign and American Idol winner Kellie Pickler, plus many more. Keep reading for reviews & info on this week's new CDs...

Lady Sovereign - Public Warning
Public Warning is stunning, better than the hype machine could ever paint it, with jaw-dropping, busy production and sharp, spunky lyrics that whiz by and back up this pint-sized rebel's serious b-girl stance. Read review...

The Who - Endless Wire
No, Endless Wire is no...