Brian Culbertson is no stranger to this blog. I’ve already featured two of his songs here; one on my birthday (which was a Smooth Jazz Sunday tune before I gave these posts that name), and one a few days later for a #RomanticTuesday song that was well-received. Culbertson has just released a new album that came out on Friday called Funk! It is something of a sequel of sorts to his album Bringing Back The Funk, which was released eight years ago.
I’ve listened to the new album already, and I find very enjoyable. So much so, I think I’ll be featuring one of the songs for Funky Friday later this week. One difference: with most of Culbertson’s albums the songs are mostly instrumentals, with a few vocal tracks. This time out most of the songs feature vocals, whether full-on leads or group choruses or chants, with only a couple that are pure instrumentals. Today’s Smooth Jazz Sunday tune has a bit of that old-school funk ballad vibe, and it’s called “Hey Girl.”
The album reminds me not only of Culbertson’s Bringing Back The Funk, but also of The Fonk Record, a posthumous album from Wayman Tisdale after he passed from cancer at age 44. Tisdale’s album leaned more toward the P-Funk side of the genre, while Culbertson has a little of that vibe, his funk is in an Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang type of style. In all cases, there is a sense of fun and looseness in the grooves. Today’s song is no exception.
So settle back, as Culbertson and his band (which features the leader on keys, and probably on trombone as part of the horn section) give you a smooth, yet funky groove to start off your Sunday. As always, thanks for reading and listening.