A triumph of the will and celebration of the human spirit finds Jeff Golub making lemonaid out of lemons with easily the finest release of his illustrious career.
Brent Black / @CriticalJazz
You simply can't keep a good man down, even if they have been hit by a train! The last two years have been a helluva roller coaster ride for guitarist Jeff Golub. The 2011 release Three Kings paid homage to blues icons B.B., Freddie & Albert King, at the time of release the optic nerves in Golub's eyes mysteriously collapsed leaving one of the most prolific guitarists in contemporary instrumental music blind. While in New York last September, Golub fell onto the tracks as a subway train rapidly approached. Jeff Golub was clipped by the subway but managed to walk away with only a few supeficial cuts and bruises. The ironic cover art and subsequent title Train Keeps A Rolling finds Golub and his adopted guide dog Luke standing at the crossroads of train tracks that exemplify not only the indomitable spirit that is Golub but his further commitment in playing the music he loves and doing it his way.
Golub has that rare passionate wheelhouse that allows him to pull from some place far deeper than the heart and as a result makes him one of the most recognizable contemporary jazz talents on the global stage. Train Keeps A Rolling plays off the success of Three Kings but as a personal hybrid of soul, jazz and blues which is the Golub wheelhouse and he has never played better. A stroke of pure musical genius finds Golub teamed up with British keyboard great Brian Auger for a smoldering set of tunes reinforced with Auger's signature Hammond B-3 organ. When taking on tunes such as Willie Dixon's "I Love The Life I Live" or Paul Carrack's classic "How Long" the vocals can of course make the tune or derail the entire release. Here we have pop icon Christopher Cross simply killing the vocals and former Ambrosia frontman David Pack doing his own riff on the reggae infused Police smash "Walking On The Moon." The wealth is evenly spread out with both Golub and Auger contributing stellar originals and Auger doing a previously unreleased gem Shepherds Bush Market. Jeff Golub's composition "J & B" is simply classic Golub that should have fans ready for more. This is the Jeff Golub release I have been waiting for...
Other guests include smooth jazz mainstay Mindi Abair, original Brian Auger Oblivion Express member and former drummer for the Average White Band, Steven Ferrone along with another member of the Auger group in vocalist Alex Ligertwood (Alan Parsons Project). Percussion zen master Luis Conte keeps the rhythm and groove express rolling along with Nick Lane, Dave Woodford and Steve Madaio rounding out a killer horn section.
Some people might say Jeff Golub is back, Jeff never left but simply settled comfortably in to a wheelhouse that is the land of rhythm and groove.
Tracks: The Cat; Isola Natale; Train Keeps A Rolling; I Love The Life I Live; Pusherman; How Long; J & B; Happiness Is Just Around The Bend; Shepherds Bush Market; Whenever You're Ready; Walking On The Moon.
Personnel: Jeff Golub: Guitar; Brian Auger: Hammond B-3, Rhodes; Steven Ferrone: Drums; Derek Frank: Bass; Luis Conte: Percussion; Nick Lane: Trombone; Dave Woodford: Baritone Sax & Flute; Mindi Abair: Alto Sax; Steve Madaio: Trumpet. Christopher Cross: Vocals; David Pack: Vocals; Alex Ligertwood: Vocals.
Street Date 08/13/2013
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