Nick Culp – Tic Tac Toe
The Culprit’s Blues – Gutbucket
Nick Culp is a piano player based in the L.A. area who trained in Paris. The Culprit’s Blues is a love letter to the height of the hard bop era. Bits of Blakey, Hubbard, and Golson ring out from these original compositions. An in-depth review of the album can be found here. https://gutbucketrecords.com/press-on-the-culprits-blues/ In addition to writing the music and leading the band from the piano bench, Culp is also the owner and operator of Gutbucket Records. Started in 2015, Gutbucket has the mission of supporting local hard bop artists in an authentic way that includes recording in an analog studio and pressing from lacquer master plates. As a debut recording for both artist and label, I’m hopeful for more good things to come. The LP can be purchased from the Gutbucket site linked above.