LONG NIGHT OUT
Brian's debut album on Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings was released on February 1st, 1994. Recorded in his college apartment that was shared by three roommates, Long Night Out was an instant hit on the contemporary jazz radio format, a growing genre in the early '90's. With catchy melodies on songs like "City Lights" and "Alone With You," Brian (at age 21) burst onto the smooth jazz scene while still attending DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
After listening to Smooth Jazz WNUA 95.5 in Chicago, Brian put a 3 song demo together while still just 20 years old. It caught the ears of Bud Harner, George Nauful and Jim Snowden at Mesa/Bluemoon and in the summer of 1993, they signed him to a six album contract.
These songs are a collection of material that Brian had been working on since his Junior year in high school while studying privately with Cliff Colnot, a Chicago based commercial music producer and adjunct professor at DePaul University. Cliff encouraged Brian to attend DePaul so that he could continue giving him lessons in arranging and composition. Shortly after the release of Long Night Out, Cliff hired Brian to work for his company writing and producing jingles for such clients as McDonald's, Sears, United Airlines, Gatorade, Coors and many others.
For the most part, Brian played all the instruments on Long Night Out except for guitar by Harry Mura and saxophone by DePaul saxophone professor and recording artist, Mark Colby. One of the roommates that helped engineer the record was Scott Steiner, a recording tech major at DePaul. Since then, Scott has worked on every one of Brian's albums!
Listen to the beginning of Brian's career as an artist to hear the evolution from then to now. In many ways, this record was more creative and free from the commercial constraints of today's 'pop' sensibilities which makes this a favorite of many BC fans still to this day.
1. City Lights
2. Fullerton Ave.
3. Beyond The Frontier
4. Heroes of the Dawn
5. Beautiful Liar
6. Double Exposure
9. Alone With You
10. Long Night Out
11. Changing Tides
Brian Culbertson - keyboards, trombone, synth bass, drum programming, vocals and percussion
Harry Mura - guitars
Mark Colby - saxophones
Scott Hall - trumpet
LaVell Peete - drums on "Long Night Out"
James Ward, Jr. - hi-hat on "Twilight"
Damian Smith - vocals on "Changing Tides"
Michelle Akin - cello on "Changing Tides"
All songs produced & arranged by Brian Culbertson
Associate producer: by Bud Harner
Executive producers: Jim Snowden & George Nauful
Recorded and mixed at The Costume Shop, Chicago, IL by Scott Steiner and Brian Culbertson