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BC & Bud Harner (who signed Brian to his first record deal)

Studio photos, click HERE. Download FREE charts for all parts, click HERE.

 

Album credits:

1.  “City Lights” feat. Lee Ritenour

Brian Culbertson - Piano, Fender Rhodes, Keyboards & Trombone
Lee Ritenour - Lead Guitar
Michael “Patches” Stewart - Muted Trumpet
Ricky Peterson - Hammond B3 Organ
Ray Parker Jr. - Rhythm Guitar
Michael Stever - Flugelhorn
Alex Al - Bass
Michael Bland - Drums
Lenny Castro - Percussion

2.  “Fullerton Ave.” feat. Chuck Loeb 
(#1 Contemporary Jazz Radio Single - 8 weeks!)

[WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

Brian Culbertson - Piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Keyboards, Slap Bass, Tambourine & Trombone
Chuck Loeb - Lead & FX Guitars
Ricky Peterson - Hammond B3 Organ
Paul Jackson Jr. - Rhythm Guitar 
Eric Marienthal - Alto & Tenor Sax
Michael “Patches” Stewart - Trumpet
Jimmy Haslip - Bass
Will Kennedy - Drums
Lenny Castro - Percussion

3.  "Beyond The Frontier"

Brian Culbertson - Piano, Fender Rhodes & Keyboards
Michael Thompson - Guitars, Electric Sitar & Chinese Banjo
Alex Al - Bass
Michael Bland - Drums
Lenny Castro - Percussion
Brian Kilgore - Tabla
David Benoit - String Arrangement

4.  "Heroes of the Dawn" feat. Eric Marienthal & Rick Braun

Brian Culbertson - Piano, Fender Rhodes, Keyboards & Trombone
Eric Marienthal - Soprano Sax
Rick Braun - Flugelhorn & Valve Trombone
Chuck Loeb - Guitar
Jimmy Haslip - Electric & Fretless Bass
Will Kennedy - Drums
Lenny Castro - Percussion

5.  "Beautiful Liar" feat. Steve Lukather

Brian Culbertson - Piano & Keyboards
Steve Lukather - Lead Guitar
Michael Thompson - Acoustic, Electric & Ebow Guitars
Nathan East - Bass
Ricky Lawson - Drums
Lenny Castro - Percussion 
David Benoit - String Arrangement

6.  "Double Exposure" feat. Russ Freeman

Brian Culbertson - Piano, Fender Rhodes & Keyboards
Russ Freeman - Lead Guitars
Jeff Kashiwa - Alto & Tenor Sax
Paul Jackson Jr. - Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Haslip - Fretted & Fretless Bass
Will Kennedy - Drums
Lenny Castro - Percussion

7.  "Twilight" feat. Eric Marienthal

Brian Culbertson - Piano, Fender Rhodes & Keyboards
Eric Marienthal - Soprano Sax
Paul Jackson Jr. - Guitar
Jimmy Haslip - Bass
Will Kennedy - Drums
Lenny Castro - Percussion

8.  "Horizon" feat. "Patches Stewart"
(contemporary jazz 
radio single on air now!)

[WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

Brian Culbertson - Piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlizter, Keyboards & Synth Bass
Michael "Patches" Stewart - Muted Trumpet
Ray Parker Jr. - Wah & Distorted Guitars
Ricky Peterson - Hammond B3 Organ
Paul Jackson, Jr. - Additional Rhythm Guitar
Alex Al - Bass
Michael Bland - Drums
Lenny Castro - Percussion

9.  "Alone With You" 

Brian Culbertson - Piano & Keyboards
Chuck Loeb - Guitar Pads & FX 
Paul Jackson Jr. - Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Haslip - Bass
Will Kennedy - Drums
Lenny Castro - Percussion

10.  "Long Night Out" feat. Candy Dulfer

Brian Culbertson - Piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Keyboards & Trombone
Candy Dulfer - Alto Sax 
Eric Marienthal - Tenor Sax
Michael “Patches” Stewart - Trumpet
Ray Parker Jr. - Guitar
Alex Al - Bass
Michael Bland - Drums
Larry Dunn - Kalimba
Lenny Castro - Congas, Timbales & Cymbal Rolls
Brian Kilgore - Marimba, Bamboo Marimba, Kalimba, Udo & African Perc
David Benoit & Brian Culbertson - String Arrangement

11.  "Changing Tides" feat. Jonathan Butler

Brian Culbertson - Piano & Keyboards
Jonathan Butler - Vocals & Nylon String Guitar
Micaela Haley - Background Vocals
Michael Thompson - Acoustic, Electric & Ebow Guitars
Nathan East - Bass
Ricky Lawson - Drums
Lenny Castro - Percussion
David Benoit - String Arrangement

All Songs Produced, Written & Arranged by Brian Culbertson for BCM Entertainment, Inc. 

“Double Exposure” co-written by Scott Steiner. Piano tracks engineered and co-produced by Micaela Haley (Michelle). String arrangements and orchestrations by David Benoit except “Long Night Out” co-arranged by Brian Culbertson. Strings conducted by Adam Klemens. Horn arrangement on “City Lights” by Michael Stever and Brian Culbertson. Horn Arrangements on “Fullerton Ave.” and “Long Night Out” by Michael Stever. Music transcriptions and preparation by Michael Stever. String music preparation by Kei Benoit.

Engineered by Brian Culbertson at BCM Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Additional recording by Bob Horn at Echobar Studios, Burbank, CA and at BCM Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Micaela Haley at BCM Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Michael Thompson at Cocoa-Butt Studios, Culver City, CA; Brian Culbertson at Ancient Pathways Studio, Thousand Oaks, CA; Russ Freeman at Surfboard Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Gordon Rustvold at Ahhsum Studios, West Covina, CA; Jeff Kashiwa at Coastal Access Studio, Seattle, WA; Jim Ryberg at Workhouse, St. Paul, MN; Strings recorded by Vitek Kral at Smeky Music Studios, Prague, Czech Republic and by Steve Salani at Orchestra.net, Los Angeles, CA. Remote recording session coordinated by Orchestra.net. Piano Tech: Ron Tuttle.

Mixed by Bob Horn with Brian Culbertson at BCM Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Mixing consultants: Micaela Haley and Scott Steiner. Mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA.

Brian Culbertson uses Mason & Hamlin pianos and Roland keyboards exclusively. Please visit www.MasonHamlin.com and www.Roland.com to learn more about these amazing instruments. Brian also uses Lewitt Audio LCT-540 microphones to record piano and Mogami studio cables. 

Radio Promo Contact: Bud Harner

To download FREE charts for all the parts on this record, click HERE.

ANOTHER LONG NIGHT OUT

#1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts for 5 weeks!

Click here to listen to clips of all 11 songs


The Long Night Out Story

While attending DePaul University in Chicago, IL as a jazz studies major, I would listen to the contemporary jazz radio station in town, WNUA 95.5FM (which is no longer by the way). I loved listening to David Sanborn, Bob James, The Rippingtons, The Yellowjackets, Spyro Gyra, Al Jarreau, Lee Ritenour, Joe Sample, Tom Scott, Jeff Lorber and many of the other jazz artists that were on the air in the early 90’s and I started thinking that I should write some music like this. I was always writing music and doing my own ‘tracks’ since I was about 12 years old with drum machines, 4-track tape recorders and early ‘sequencers’ which allowed you to get song ideas down, but they never sounded like records. In the spring of 1993 during my sophomore year, I had saved up enough money to buy a new Macintosh IIci computer with a 14” color monitor and some new music software (Opcode’s Studio Vision which was discontinued) that allowed me to record digitally into the computer. This was cutting edge technology back then and was very exciting for a young musician with little money since professional studios cost so much. It was the beginning of the digital age that made it possible for artists to make a pro sounding record in their apartment for a fraction of going into the big studios.

With this new computer and software, I wrote a song called “City Lights” based on the view from my college apartment on Fullerton Ave. across the street from DePaul and above a costume shop. I could actually see all the way downtown with a view of the John Hancock Building and the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower). Growing up in a relatively small town a couple hours south of Chicago, this view was pretty awesome and very inspiring. I called a local guitarist that I heard in a jazz club (The Jazz Bulls), Harry Mura, who had his own contemporary jazz group to record guitar on that demo of “City Lights.” I had another song that I had written and recorded when I was in high school as part of my composition lessons with a DePaul adjunct professor, Cliff Colnot (I studied privately with him during my senior year before continuing my studies with him at DePaul). That song was “Long Night Out” which was still untitled at that point, and I had hired saxophonist, Mark Colby, to play on that original version. I wrote one more song and thought three songs was enough for a demo tape.

In July of 1993, I sent the tape to the one person I knew in Los Angeles, Bud Harner, who was a touring drummer for many years before landing a radio promotion job at a record label. After listening to those three songs which included “City Lights”, “Long Night Out” and “Changing Tides,” he heard potential and proceeded to play it for Jim Snowden (President) and George Nauful (VP) at Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings. Literally two weeks later, they signed me to a 6-record contract and as a 20 year old college student and I was absolutely freaking out!! 

Jim Snowden asked me on the phone, “How soon can you finish a whole record?” I replied, “How about by Christmas?” He said, “I need it by Thanksgiving so that we can release it in February.” “No problem!” I exclaimed. Hence, the long nights began from mid-August through mid-November with the help of my roommate and recording tech major, Scott Steiner. I wrote, programmed and produced the songs while Scott helped during the recording sessions and with  mixing. We also wrote one of the songs together called, “Double Exposure.” 

Even with the new computer and software, it wasn’t even close to today’s standards of recording capabilities so we had a lot of limitations. I could only record short bits of audio, not full tracks. So, I ‘synced’ up the computer to an 8-track digital recorder (TASCAM DA-88) and had 7 full tracks to record on (track 8 was used for SMPTE time code to sync the DA-88 with the computer). With these limitations and more importantly, my budgetary constraints, I wasn’t able to hire many real musicians other than guitar and sax on a few songs. Therefore, I had to ‘program’ all of the drums, percussion and bass parts to try to sound like live musicians; a feat that is literally impossible but I tried nonetheless. I also didn’t own a real grand piano either, nor could I have recorded one since our apartment wasn’t sound proofed. I used a Roland D-70 keyboard for my main piano sound (and a lot of the other sounds) which was the best sounding digital piano sound of the day.

Scott and I mixed the entire album (all 11 songs) in 5 days just before Thanksgiving to make the deadline. Night one we slept about 6 hours, night two about 5 hours, night three about 3 hours, night four - no sleep and the last night I almost gave up while mixing “Horizon” because I started hating everything at that point. I thought the entire record sounded awful (I guess sleep depravation will do that). Thankfully, Steiner kept it together and pushed through while I took a nap. I awoke a couple of hours later and liked it again! After that marathon mixing week, I knew the title of the album.

On February 1st, 1994, the original Long Night Out was released. The night before, someone from WNUA called me and gave me a heads up that they were going to play “City Lights” the next morning around 6:30am. I of course set my alarm for 6am since I was not going to miss my debut on radio! Scott and I got up, put on some coffee and turned on the radio. Just after 6:30, we heard the intro of the song start and it was a truly amazing moment. This can only happen once in your life when you hear a song of yours for the first time on radio. After the song ended, the DJ announced, “And that was a newcomer to the jazz scene, keyboardist Brian Culbertson, a 21-year-old DePaul University student originally from Decatur, IL with a song called ‘City Lights’ off of his brand new CD released today entitled Long Night Out.” 

Over the past 20 years (I can’t believe it’s been that long), I would randomly listen to that album. I really liked all of the songs but always heard things that I would have liked to have done differently, mainly because of the limitations that I had. Well, after making twelve other records and recording and touring with many of the top names in the business, I decided it was time to redo that album ‘the way I always wanted to do it’ and with many of the people that inspired me as a young musician to want to create this kind of music in the first place. I hope you enjoy this new version of Long Night Out and can appreciate both versions for what they are.

- Brian Culbertson

[read long bio here]


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 Another Long Night Out!!

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Vblog 2: BC talks about all 11 tracks! 

Vblog 4: Will Kennedy & Jimmy Haslip recording "Heroes Of The Dawn": 

Vblog 3: Will Kennedy & Jimmy Haslip recording "Fullerton Ave.":

Vblog 5: Will Kennedy & Jimmy Haslip recording "Double Exposure": 


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