In October 1997 Brian exploded onto the scene with the album release LAST KISS GOODBYE on Instinct Records. The single ONE ARABIAN KNIGHT charted #4 on Gavin and R&R in NAC/Smooth Jazz Radio. With his 1999 follow-up album SOFT TOUCH, pushing his first single, DARLIN DARLIN BABY to #9 on the charts. Brian’s music has also been featured on several of Instinct’s Compilations, such as THE BEST OF ACID JAZZ Vol. II, SWEET EMOTIONS, BOSSA BRAVA CALIENTE, BEST OF SMOOTH JAZZ BLUES and THIS IS SMOOTH JAZZ: LOVE BOSSA STYLE as well as others.
JAZZ TIMES magazine describes Brian Tarquin as a musician of “…considerable skills, whose debut recording showcases ringing, harmonic-driven melodies.” RADIO & RECORDS Carol Archer praises LAST KISS GOODBYE, bringing to attention “…outstanding writing and production…Forward-thinking yet accessible… new fusion at its best.” And JAZZIZ describes Brian’s technique as having…“Cosmopolitan flair…reminiscent of Guitarists Lee Ritenour and Brian Hughes.” GUITAR magazine states, “…Brian’s playing is clearly directed and flawlessly executed.”
Brian’s Music Production Company, STRAT KAT MUSIC, has written and produced for many popular TV shows and well known Music Production Libraries as, First Com, One Music, ABC TV’s Fifth Floor Music, Sonoton and others.