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Avenue Blue featuring Jeff Golub

Avenue Blue featuring Jeff Golub - Avenue Blue featuring Jeff Golub - 1994 - Bluemoon

It seems like ages since record companies had actual house producers, but Mesa-Bluemoon's Rick Braun seems to be gracing some of the label's most engaging projects these days. First came Willie & Lobo's worldbeat finesse, and now Avenue Blue featuring Jeff Golub, a snappy, fluid guitarist who takes the sharp lilt of Steve Laury into fascinatingly cool textures ranging from hip-hop to atmospheric new age with just enough jazz tradition infused to cross genres. It's a credit to Golub, in fact, that his wide palette of original compositions ring truer than do surefire soul covers like "Pick Up the Pieces" or "I'll Be Around." Braun (who adds his own trumpet flair) allows the sure-fisted Golub to be the star here, keeping the moods potent but slightly understated, even on the Tower of Power-like charts of the best cut, "Gimmie Some." The album's real charm lies in its shifting, unpredictable dynamics, as Golub attains out-there fusion textures just before softening to a Wes Montgomery-like solo pose on the soft-spoken strains of "Moon River." Definitely an auspicious debut. © Jonathan Widran © 2012 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/avenue-blue-mw0000121781

Although you will usually find Jeff Golub's albums in the Smooth Jazz section of record stores, there is more to his music than many of the boring smooth jazz albums churned out by the hundreds every year. Jeff was quoted as saying that he refuses to play outright elevator music, and "Avenue Blue" definitely proves that Jeff Golub's music has real substance and is light years ahead of most of the bland sound alike smooth jazz albums that you hear but don't listen to. The guy is a great guitarist with an exceptional technique and subtle touch. "He appreciates being compared to artists like David Sanborn, the Crusaders, Ronnie Laws, Joe Sample, and the late Grover Washington, Jr., that is, instrumentalists who can be commercial and groove-oriented but still have a jazz improviser's mentality". Listen to Jeff's "Do It Again" album [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 119 Mb]


1 Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band, Hamish Stuart, Roger Ball 4:56
2 Stockholm Prelude - David Palmer, Jeff Golub, Rick Braun 0:56
3 Stockholm - David Palmer, Jeff Golub, Rick Braun 3:49
4 Gimme Some - Jeff Golub 4:22
5 That's The Way Of The World - Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Verdine White 4:42
6 West Side Serenade - Jeff Golub, Rick Braun 4:19
7 Nightingale - Jeff Golub 5:44
8 I'll Be Around - Phil Hurtt, Thom Bell 4:56
9 Atlanta Nights - Jeff Golub 4:48
10 Just Goodbye - Jeff Golub 5:06
11 Lucy I'm Home - Jeff Golub 4:36
12 Moon River - Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer 3:26


Jeff Golub - Guitar
Cliff Hugo - Electric Bass (tracks: 4-7)
Chris Bishop - Bass Guitar (tracks: 10, 11)
Jack Daro - Acoustic Bass (tracks: 1, 8-9, 12)
Kevin Savagar - Keyboards (tracks: 10, 11)
Rick Braun - Keyboards (tracks: 3, 8), Flugelhorn (tracks: 3, 8), Trumpet (tracks: 3, 8)
Steve Gaboury - Piano (track: 9), Keyboards (tracks: 10, 11)
David Palmer & Michael Dawe - Drums (tracks: 10, 11)
Brad Dutz - Percussion (tracks: 1-9, 12),
Roger Squitero - Percussion (tracks: 10, 11)
Bill Evans - Soprano Saxophone (track: 9)
Tenor Saxophone - Jim Biggins (tracks: 10, 11),
Jimmy Roberts - Tenor Saxophone (tracks: 1-9, 12)
Nick Lane - Trombone (tracks: 1-9, 12), Euphonium (tracks: 1-9, 12)


In the '90s, guitarist Jeff Golub's blend of jazz, R&B, and pop earned him a reputation for being one of the edgier, more tasteful players in the crossover jazz/NAC/smooth jazz field. Although some of Golub's recordings were played on smooth jazz stations extensively, he was quoted as saying that he refuses to play outright elevator music, and to be sure, Golub's solos give the impression that he is essentially a soul-jazz improviser at heart. The Ohio native (whose influences have included Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, and Larry Carlton, among others) is quite capable of playing straight-ahead bop; he certainly has the chops for it. However, Golub chose to focus on more commercial music and has a long résumé as a rock, pop, and R&B session player. He appreciates being compared to artists like David Sanborn, the Crusaders, Ronnie Laws, Joe Sample, and the late Grover Washington, Jr., that is, instrumentalists who can be commercial and groove-oriented but still have a jazz improviser's mentality. Golub was born on April 15, 1955, in Akron, OH, where he grew up listening to a variety of R&B, funk, blues, jazz, pop, and rock and began playing the guitar as a pre-adolescent. In the '70s, Golub moved away from Akron to attend to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. But by 1980, he had relocated again, this time to New York City, where he was still residing 23 years later. It was in the early '80s that Golub was hired to back arena rock/hard rock star Billy Squier, and that association led to a lot of other session work. The list of major rock or R&B artists Golub backed in the '80s or '90s (either in the studio or on-stage) includes Tina Turner, John Waite, Vanessa Williams, Ashford & Simpson, Dar Williams, and former J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf. In 1988, Golub was hired to back Rod Stewart, an association that lasted for eight years. 1988 was also the year in which Golub's first album as a leader, Unspoken Words, was released by the Gaia label, but at that point, he was still devoting most of his time to backing other artists. It wasn't until 1994, when Golub founded the band Avenue Blue, that playing as a leader became the guitarist's main activity. That year, Golub signed with Mesa/Bluemoon, and Avenue Blue's self-titled debut album of 1994 fared well in the smooth jazz/NAC market. Two more Avenue Blue projects were released by Mesa/Bluemoon -- Naked City in 1996 and Nightlife in 1997 -- but after that, he put the name Avenue Blue to rest. While Avenue Blue, Naked City, and Nightlife had been billed as "Avenue Blue featuring Jeff Golub," 1999's Out of the Blue on Atlantic was billed as strictly Jeff Golub. After that, Golub moved to GRP/Verve, which released Dangerous Curves in 2000, Do It Again in 2002, and Soul Sessions in 2003. A few years later, Golub made yet another move releasing Temptation on Narada in 2005. Grand Central followed in 2007. In 2009, Golub returned to his '80s rock roots with the electric blues album Blues for You showcasing vocals from such old pals as Billy Squier, Peter Wolfe and John Waite © Alex Henderson © 2012 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jeff-golub-mn0000225178


A.O.O.F.C said...


Garry.L said...

Big Big thanks for this disc, have been searching Hi & lo for it. Only recently heard him play & he's a great guitarist.....
Thanks again Paul.


A.O.O.F.C said...

No probs, Garry. Thanks for your interest and support. TTU soon....P