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Winter Stories

Official release date: October 4, 2019

A jazz trio type of album, inspired by the feel of Winter.

Featuring Steve Rodby on acoustic bass and Khari Parker on drums (on brushes), this is Brian’s first foray into a traditional jazz sounding album. It is still melodic and ‘produced’ but at its roots is a very jazz oriented album.

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We will have advance copies of the CD at the Chicago Jazz Getaway!

Pre-order the physical CD now and we’ll start shipping them out Sept 25th, before the official release date!

Pre-order on iTunes and Google Play starts Monday, August 26th and you will get “Sitting By The Fire” on iTunes as an Instant Gratification Track!

Track Listing:

  1. Sitting By The Fire

  2. Montana Skies

  3. Morning Walk

  4. Flurries

  5. City Sleigh Ride

  6. Waltz For M

  7. Island Dream

  8. Northern Lights

  9. Frosted Window

  10. Starry Night


Brian Culbertson — Piano, Wurlizter, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 Organ, Celeste, Shaker, Clave, Chimes, and Wind Whistle.

Steve Rodby — Acoustic Bass

Khari Parker — Drums

Lenny Castro — Bongos, Sleigh Bells, and Shaker on “City Sleigh Ride” and “Island Dream”

Photos from the sessions:

Joshua Younger — Piano Technician
Steve Rodby — Acoustic Bass
Khari Parker — Drums
Lenny Castro — Percussion
Craig Bauer — Mix Engineer
Dave Collins — Mastering Engineer

Music Minus Ones & Sheet Music:

Hey musicians, I am planning on once again releasing “Music Minus One” mixes of this record (No Piano version, No Drums version, and No Bass version) so that you can play along at home. I will also make the charts available for FREE right here once the album is released on October 4th, 2019.

Album Credits:

All Songs Written, Arranged, and Produced by Brian Culbertson
Executive Produced by Brian Culbertson and Micaela Haley

Piano engineered by Brian Culbertson and Scott Steiner. Drums engineered by Mat Prock. Bass engineered by Steve Rodby and Brian Culbertson. Lenny Castro's percussion engineered by Jordan Silva

Mixed by Craig Bauer at Hinge Studios and Brian Culbertson BCM Studios. Mastered by Dave Collins at TBA Mastering. 

Piano Tech: Joshua Younger
Studio Tech: Alex Burns
Music Transcriptions & Prep: Michael Stever

All songs published by BCME Music (ASCAP) c/o Karen Schauben Publishing.

Brian Culbertson played the Mason & Hamlin model BB 7' acoustic grand piano recorded with a pair of Lewitt Audio LCT 540 "Sub Zero" microphones through a Millennia HV-3C mic pre all with Mogami cables on this album. Brian also uses Roland keyboards and Roland Cloud.

Studio Gear:

For those of you studio cats, here’s a list of the gear used on this recording…

All tracks Recorded and Mixed at 32-Bit/96kHz in ProTools.

Piano: Mason & Hamlin model BB 7’ acoustic grand piano

Piano Microphones: Lewitt Audio LCT 540 “Subzero” (pair)

Piano Mic Pre: Millennia HV-3C

Piano Compressor: GML 8900 (during the mix)

Organ: Vintage Hammond B3 with Leslie speaker

Organ Microphones: Lewitt Audio LCT 540’s (pair) on top, Lewitt Audio LCT 640 on bottom

Organ Mic Pre: Vintage Neve 1272 (stereo) on top, BAE 1073 on bottom mic

Rhodes: Vintage Fender Rhodes (direct)

Rhodes Mic Pre: Millennia HV-3C

Wurlitzer: Vintage Wurlitzer (direct)

Wurly Mic Pre: Vintage Neve 1272

Chimes Microphones: Sennheiser MKH-800’s (pair)

Chimes Mic Pre: Millennia HV-3C

Bongos Microphones: 3 Shure SM57’s (L&R, plus a Center ‘Room’)

Bongos Mic Pres: API’s

Shaker/Tambourine/Clave/Wind Whistle Microphones: Lewitt Audio LCT 540

Shaker/Tambourine/Clave/Wind Whistle Mic Pre: Millennia HV-3C

Acoustic Bass Microphones: Audio Technica AT4047, Kel HM 2D, and Kel 7U. Plus a DI.

Drums Microphones/Signal Flow:
Kick (in): Lewitt Audio DTP 640 REX through a Vintage Neve 1272 mic pre
Kick (out): Yamaha “Sub Kick” through a Heritage 2264 Jr. mic pre
Snare (top): Lewitt Audio MTP 440 DM through a Vintage Neve 1272 mic pre
Snare (bottom): Shure SM57 through a Heritage 2264 Jr. mic pre
Hi-Hat: Lewitt Audio LCT 340 through an API 512C mic pre
Toms: Lewitt Audio DTP 640 TT (2) through 2 Millennia HV35 mic pre’s
OH’s: Sennheiser MKH-800’s (pair) through a Millennia HV-3C stereo mic pre

Watch a recent Facebook LIVE of Brian in his studio playing some of the tracks and talking about the process of making this album: