Nice & Slow

If you're looking for smooth and easy with some R&B thrown in, well, look no further.

If you're looking for smooth and easy with some R&B thrown in, well, look no further. On his sixth album, keyboardist Brian Culbertson delivers a feel-good set powered by a core group of session players and guests that include Ricky Peterson, Lenny Castro, Tony Maiden, Paul Jackson Jr., and Dave Koz. Yes, there's a little something for everyone. Opening track "Just Another Day" gets things off to a rhythmic start with featured guests Herb Alpert and Jeff Lorber, followed by the playful, let's-get-away title tune with vocal interplay between singers Sherree and Trey Lorenz. Sax master Kirk Whalum adds poignancy to the Joe hit "I Wanna Know," while R&B heartthrob Kenny Lattimore casts his subtle shadings on "Someone." But Culbertson really shines on the simple, straightforward love song, "Together Tonight," a languorous journey sweetened by Peterson's Hammond B3 organ.—GM