- Released: September 21, 1999
- Label: Atlantic
- 1.Somethin' Bout Love
- 2.Do You Really Love Me
- 3.Get'n over You
- 4.The Secret Garden
- 5.Sittin' Back
- 6.Back in the Day
- 7.It's Only You
- 8.Rise and Fall, The (Of Loving You)
- 10.Secret Garden, The - (vocal, featuring Howard Hewett)
- 11.I'm Gonna Miss You
Personnel: Brian Culbertson (trumpet, trombone, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesized bass, programming); Lori Perry, Howard Hewitt, Donnel Spencer, Jr., Fred White (vocals); Dave Koz, Steve Cole (saxophone); Ricky Petersen (Hammond B-3 organ); Michael Thompson (acoustic & electric guitars); Paul Jackson Jr.(electric & nylon string guitars); Tony Maiden, Ray Fuller, Gerey Johnson (guitar); Wayman Tisdale, Richard Patterson, Alex Al (bass); Michael White, Ricky Lawson, Todd Sucherman (drums); Lenny Castro, Oscar Seaton, Jr.,
Steve Johnson (percussion); Josie Aiello (background vocals).
Personnel: Brian Culbertson (trumpet, trombone, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, bass synthesizer, bass programming, drum programming); Fred White , Lori Perry (vocals, background vocals); Howard Hewett, Donnell Spencer (vocals); Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Gerey Johnson (guitar, wah-wah guitar); Tony Maiden, Ray Fuller (guitar); Michael Thompson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Dave Koz, Steve Cole (saxophone); Jim Culbertson (flugelhorn); Oscar Seaton (drums, cymbals, hi-hat); Michael White (drums, cymbals); Ricky Lawson, Todd Sucherman (drums); Steve Johnson (cymbals); Lenny Castro (percussion); Kevin Chandler, Steve Grisette, Josie Aiello (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Craig Bauer; Steve Weeder.
Recording information: BCM; Hinge Studios; Megatrax.
Editors: Dave Hutten; Steve Johnson ; Matt Prock; Scott Steiner; Steve Weeder.
Photographer: Jim Wright.
Arranger: Brian Culbertson.
There is a strange but beautiful irony that occurs when an artist writes a great song upon the death of a loved one. Doubtful that Brian Culbertson was aiming for one of Somethin' Bout Love's (Atlantic) most emotionally rich tunes when he wrote the powerful gospel of "I'm Gonna Miss You" for his late manager Howard Lowe II, but he and co-writer/vocalist Lori Perry achieve just that. Unlike similar tunes in American culture that come across as generic, the poignant lyrics are specific to the artist-manager relationship, adding to the tune's uniqueness. The previous ten tracks are typically engaging Culbertson: irresistibly bubbly piano melodies over easy funk grooves, and engaging guest shots by genre artists like saxman Steve Cole (whose alto jams alongside the piano on the hook as Ricky Peterson's Hammond B-3 simmers like a finger on the trigger in the background), Paul Jackson, Jr., Wayman Tisdale, and Dave Koz. Part of the Culbertson lore has him becoming a smooth jazz star while pursuing his love of film scoring. "The Rise and Fall (Of Loving You)," a powerful duet with Koz, soars like the climactic scene in a romantic movie. Culbertson should also further cultivate his love for brassy R&B/blues funk, as the jammin' "Back in the Day" -- featuring the keyboardist playing trumpet and trombone -- which rings like a classic Earth, Wind & Fire type tune. ~ Jonathan Widran