Bringing Back the Funk

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Bringing Back the Funk
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Studio album by Brian Culbertson
Released April 29, 2008
Genre Funk
Label GRP Records
Producer Maurice White
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
People Magazine 3/4 stars link (very favorable) link

Bringing Back the Funk is an album by Brian Culbertson which was released on GRP Records. The album reached number one on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart and stayed there for two weeks.[1] The album was produced by Brian Culbertson and executive produced by Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire and features artists such as Bootsy Collins, Larry Dunn, Maceo Parker, Musiq Soulchild, Larry Graham, Ledisi and Gerald Albright. This album was recorded mostly live with all the musicians in the studio like 'back in the day'.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Funkin' Like My Father" Featuring - Bootsy Collins (5:15)
  2. "Always Remember" (4:22)
  3. "Hollywood Swinging" Featuring - Gerald Albright and Musiq Soulchild (4:09)
  4. "The House Of Music" Featuring - Larry Graham and Ronnie Laws (4:50)
  5. "You Got To Funkifize" Featuring - Chance Howard (5:26)
  6. "The Groove" (4:41)
  7. "The World Keeps Going Around" Featuring - Ledisi (4:26)
  8. "Excuse Me... What's Your Name?" (1:59)
  9. "Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)" Featuring - David T Walker and Eddie Miller (6:02)
  10. "Let's Stay In Tonight" (5:29)



Chart (2008)[4] Peak
The Billboard 200 99
Top Contemporary Jazz Albums (Billboard) 1
Top Internet Albums (Billboard) 99
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 18
Top Radio Single "Always Remember" (R&R & Billboard) 1


  • Greg Adams (Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn Arrangements)
  • Gerald Albright (Sax (Alto), Soloist, Guest Appearance)
  • Derrick "D.O.A." (Allen Bass, Performer)
  • Michael Bland (Drums, Performer)
  • Lenny Castro (Percussion, Performer)
  • Bootsy Collins (Vocals, Producer, Engineer, Space Bass, Guest Appearance)
  • Phelps "Catfish" Collins (Guitar, Performer)
  • Brian Culbertson (Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet, Trumpet (Muted), Producer, Engineer, Clapping, Executive Producer, Fender Rhodes, Mixing, Soloist, Mini Moog)
  • Cora Dunham (Drums, Performer, Clapping)
  • Larry Dunn (Clapping, Fender Rhodes, Mini Moog)
  • Sonny Emory (Drums, Performer)
  • Maurice Fitzgerald (Bass, Performer)
  • Dan Fornero (Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Performer)
  • Kush Gardner (Trumpet)
  • Rick Gardner (Trumpet, Performer)
  • Matt Godina (Assistant)
  • Larry Graham (Bass, Guest Appearance)
  • Chance Howard (Vocals, Vocals (background), Clavinet, Clapping, Synthesizer Bass, Guest Appearance)
  • Ice Candi (Vocals)
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. (Guitar, Vocals, Performer, Clapping)
  • Ron Jennings (Guitar, Performer, Soloist)
  • Ronnie Laws (Sax (Tenor), Soloist, Guest Appearance)
  • Tony Maiden (Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals, Performer, Clapping, Soloist)
  • Eric Marienthal (Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Performer, Horn Arrangements)
  • Eddie Miller (Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (background), Clapping, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Guest Appearance)
  • Chris Miskel (Drums, Performer)
  • Musiq Soulchild (Vocals, Vocals (background), Clapping, Guest Appearance)
  • Monty Neuble (Synthesizer, Performer, Clapping, Talk Box)
  • David Pack (Vocals (background), Performer)
  • Maceo Parker (Sax (Alto), Performer)
  • Ray Parker, Jr. (Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Vocals, Performer)
  • Darlene Perri (Tambourine, Vocals)
  • Lori Perri (Tambourine, Vocals)
  • Sharon Perri (Tambourine, Vocals)
  • Ricky Peterson (Organ (Hammond), Vocals, Performer, Clapping)
  • Morris Pleasure (Bass, Performer, Synthesizer Bass)
  • Sheldon Reynolds (Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (background), Producer, Engineer, Clapping)
  • Tom Scott (Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Performer)
  • Sam Sims (Vocals, Performer, Clapping, Slap Bass)
  • Rhonda Smith (Bass, Performer, Clapping)
  • Sonny Thompson (Guitar)
  • Lee Thornburg (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
  • David T. Walker (Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Soloist, Guest Appearance)
  • Bobby Ray Watson (Bass, Performer)
  • Fred Wesley (Trombone, Performer)
  • Maurice White (Performer, Clapping, Executive Producer, Mixing)
  • Bernie Worrell (Keyboards)
  • Zion Planet 10 (Vocals)


  • Rob Brill (Assistant Engineer)
  • David C. Britz (Executive Producer, A&R, Management)
  • Dahlia Ambach Caplin (A&R)
  • Steve Cartotto (Music Preparation)
  • Anthony Caruso (Assistant Engineer)
  • Ed Cherney (Engineer)
  • Mitchell Cohen (A&R)
  • Hiroko Ito (Assistant Engineer)
  • Bernie Grundman (Mastering)
  • Lisa Hansen (Release Coordinator)
  • Beth Herzhaft (Photography)
  • Bob Horn (Engineer, Mixing)
  • John Newcott (Release Coordinator)
  • Dave K. (Stylist)
  • James Karukas (Piano Technician)
  • Garry Kief (Management)
  • Eddie King (Engineer)
  • Hollis King (Art Direction)
  • Adam Krinsky (Assistant Engineer)
  • Merrilee McLain (Hair Stylist)
  • Bill Meyers (Horn Arrangements)
  • Cameron Mizell (Release Coordinator)
  • Evelyn Morgan (A&R)
  • Maytal Rozensher (Assistant)
  • Jim Ryberg (Engineer)
  • Tommy Tucker (Engineer)
  • Ron Tuttle (Piano Technician)
  • Sachico Asano (Graphic Design)
  • Keith Albright (Piano Technician)
  • Scott Steiner (Producer, Engineer)
  • Michael Stever (Horn Arrangements, Music Preparation, Transcription)


Brian Soergel of JazzTimes gave the album a positive review and complimented Sheldon Reynolds on his work.[5]


  1. ^ link Archived October 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Wheeler, Katrina-Kasey (2008-06-11). "Brian Culbertson: Bringing Back the Funk". Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Bringing Back The Funk on". 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Bringing Back the Funk - Brian Culbertson". Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  5. ^ Soergel, Brian (June 2008). "Bringing Back the Funk - Brian Culbertson". Retrieved 2012-12-23. 

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