- Jeff Golub:
A native of Akron
Ohio, Golub's blend of blues, rock, and jazz has made him one of the
most popular guitarists on the contemporary instrumental scene. He attended
Berklee in Boston in the 70s, and after relocating to NYC in 1980, Jeff
rose to prominence as a top session player and sideman. Golub backed
many of the top names of the day, both live & in the studio, a list
that included Tina Turner and Vanessa Williams. In 1988, Golub released
his solo debut and that same year he connected with Rod Stewart, with
whom he enjoyed an 8-year stint. Along the way (1994), Jeff released
the first of his Avenue Blue Projects which primarily served as a platform
to showcase Golub's somewhat prodigious talents as a guitarist. Three
cds were issued under the Avenue Blue banner, each produced by Rick
Braun, a fellow ex-Stewart band mate. Five more have followed under
Jeff's own name with Temptation the most recent of these.
|On this effort, Golub
has hooked up with top producer Paul Brown for the first time. This affiliation
certainly hasn't hurt Jeff one bit, in fact in my humble opinion, he's
never sounded better!! Always possessing great technique & evoking an
incredible tone, Golub continues to build on the success that he's enjoyed
to this point in his career. Perhaps a bit smoother than some of his previous
efforts, Temptation may nevertheless, be his most focused project to date.
In any event, it's with great pleasure that we place the album & its author
in our music spotlight!
~ album insert!
| We could have started our musical review
with any of about a half dozen selections but settled on Have You Heard?
It's an easy going & bluesy sort of tune with a cool groove ... great
listening for any fan of the man, or a pretty good introduction to those
who may be new to his sound. Then kicking off hour 2 is the moody title
track and one of our favourites!! There's tone to spare on this one as
Jeff's dexterity & subtle touches can't help but impress!! Finally we
close with Evolution, a slightly more complex & upbeat piece. It's here
that Golub's nuanced approach really sparkles!! Easily one of the finer
releases for the year!
Label: Narada Jazz
Web Site: Jeff
|Fresh Trax: Part One
With You - Brian Simpson:
haven't heard anything new from Simpson for quite some time. True, he
was a member of Rhythm Logic, a 4-piece combo that recorded a pair of
projects back in the late 90s, but Brian's one & only previous solo
effort was released all the way back in 1995. So what's this man been
doing? Well for the most part Brian has been a member of Dave Koz's
tour band for about ten years and for the past few he's also acted in
the capacity of Koz's musical director. That brings us more or less
to the present as Simpson just recently issued It's All Good, his long
overdue follow-up effort on his old buddy Dave's Rendezvous record label.
Well was it worth the wait? You bet it was !! Simpson's work with some
of the top players in the genre together with his grounding in straight
ahead jazz, have allowed his artistry to develop at a deeper level,
a fact that we're very happy to provide proof of, with the track that
we've selected !! Some incredible music on this one, something for everyone,
and to my tastes at least, it's one of the finest releases of the year!
CD: It's All Good
Label: Rendezvous Entertainment
Web Site: Brian
Out - Kim Waters:
a 16-year career Waters has developed into a trendsetter in contemporary
jazz. For Kim it all began with the release of his solo debut in 1989.
He scored a modest hit with Sweet & Saxy, the album's title track,
and although he released a series of projects over the next few years,
things didn't really get into high gear until the issue of Love's Melody
in 1998. As a result, Waters has scored ten #1 hits, recorded 13 albums
in all and has sold over a million records, placing him among the top
5 best selling instrumentalists in the genre. All for Love is now Kim's
sixth CD for Shanachie Entertainment and from it we have Steppin' Out.
The track was co-written by Waters & fellow saxman David Mann. It's
the first single from the album & definitely whets one's musical
appetite in the expectation of what lies in store on the remainder of
CD: All For Love
Label: Shanachie Records
Web Site: Kim
| After Hours ~ Exclusive to our
Web Site :
| On this
installment, we're continuing the fine tradition that we've established
over the past few weeks, we spare no effort in delivering music that's
distinctive & fresh!! Steve Cole is in the spotlight on T&N, we're
delving ever more deeply into recent efforts from 3D, Walter Beasley,
& Jay Soto. There's more from Gregg Karukas, Jay Soto, and Marc Antoine.
We're introducing Robin Avery, and just as a we going to production in
came new releases from Joe McBride & Bona Fide so we'll have something
from those as well!
| Then & Now Feature:
Cole: A native of the Windy City, Steve Cole grew up the son
of a clarinet & sax player. It was Steve's father, who first exposed
his son to Jazz in its many varied forms. The two would often sit
around listening to various programs on NPR radio and enjoy playing
'name that player'. Following his father's example, Cole took some
classical training on clarinet before switching to the sax. He studied
the instrument throughout high school and then attended Northwestern
University to polish his technical skills. He studied in Amsterdam
for a bit and even got to perform with the Chicago Symphony when he
won one of their annual competitions.
Photo courtesy of
However, not being entirely sure about a career path, Cole for
a time abandoned his musical training. He enrolled in a course
of studies leading to a BA in economics. He spent a few years
in the world of high finance, and was actually in the process
of acquiring an MBA, before he finally realized that his heart
gravitated to music, not business. At about the same time, his
focus changed when he discovered Spyro Gyra & Grover Washington.
Steve began to gig on the club scene and also did some commercial
work for radio and TV. He toured with Bob Mamet for a bit and
early on, he hooked up with fellow Chicagoan, Brian Culbertson.
Cole played on 3 of Brian's albums although he's listed as Steve
Finckle (his real name) in the credits. In the course of events,
this led to the release of Stay Awhile, Steve's own highly successful
solo debut in 1998, for which he was recognized as Best New
Artist at the 2000 Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards. His follow-up efforts
have been winners and now with the release of Spin, his fourth
& latest effort, the timing seemed just right for Steve and
our Then & Now feature!
any event, the tracks that I've selected include When I Think of You,
From The Start, Missing You, and Thursday in that order & from the
above albums respectively!
Web Site: Steve