World of Slick Music
– Jeff Golub
Happy new slick year 2017 folks. I hope you’ll had a great time during the holidays. I did having almost 2 weeks of like Christmas vaccation. Tomorrow back to work again. Anyway as the headline above says it’s time for us to remember a guy that left us on this day way too early 2 years ago. For the big mass i don’t think this guy, Jeff Golub, was that well known. If you know your artists within the like Smooth jazz genre then perhaps you’ve heard of Jeff.
He was born in 1955 in a place called Copley located outisde the town of Akron, Ohio on April 15. When he began playing the guitar he was listening and emulating to the blues-rock guitarists of the 60’s like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix. He grew also listening to funk, r&b, jazz, pop and rock besides the blues. Then in the 70’s he left Akron to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He didn’t stay in Boston for too long cause by 1980 he had once again relocated to New York City where he would stay for the rest of his life. In the early 80’s he gost his first bigger gig when he was hired to back arena rock/hard rock star Billy Squier. That session led to others and so on. During the 80’s he was busy working either in studio or live with many different artists such as Tina Turner, Vanessa Willimas, John Waite, Ashford & Simpson, Dar Williams, Peter Wolf.
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Jeff with his boss for 8 years Rod Stewart on the left.
In 1988 he began working with Rod Stewart which he would continuing doing for 8 years. The same year he released his first solo album called Unspoken Words although he was still devoting most of his time backing other artists. It wasn’t until 1994 when he formed the group called Avenue Blue he began beeing more like solo artist. This project or what we shall call it Avenue Blue made only 3 albums. As already mentioned the first in 1994 then 1997 and the last in 1999. The thing was on all those three albums it stood Avenue Blue featuring Jeff Golub. Also in 1999 his album Out of the Blue, released by Atlantic Records was strictly under his own name and so it remained he never did any more albums with Avenue Blue or any other like group name. He contiued realeasing albums all the way to end. As a guitarist he was inspired and influenced by Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton to name a few. He once said that he refused playing straight eleveator music but he enjoyed when people compared him with guys like David Sanborn, The Crusaders, Ronnie Laws, Joe Sample, and Grover Washington Jr; that is, instrumentalists who could be commercial- and groove-oriented but still have a jazz improviser’s mentality.
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Jeff with his guide dog Luke who was a Labrador.
In 2011 the optic nerves in Golub’s eyes inexplicably collapsed, leaving him blind and requiring a guide dog. In September of 2012, while attempting to catch the subway in New York City, he fell onto the tracks as a train was approaching. He was clipped and dragged by the train as bystanders tried to help. Amazingly, other than cuts and bruises, he was unharmed. Undaunted, the guitarist recorded a collaborative album with British keyboard legend Brian Auger, , ironically entitled, The Train Keeps A-Rollin’. This album came in the summer of 2013.
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Jeff on the right and keyboardist Brian Auger on the left.
While touring in support of The Train Keeps A-Rollin, however, Golub began suffering problems with his motor skills, including issues with his balance and speech. In November of 2014, he was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), an incurable degenerative brain disease. Golub died of complications from the disease on January 1, 2015. He was 59 years old. The all-star benefit album The Vault, featuring unreleased and reworked recordings from Golub and guests, was released posthumously in April 2015. The album featured appearances from trumpeter Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum and others, with proceeds going to Golub’s family. There are so many weird diseases out there and i’m convinced that the majority of those you can actually cure including Cancer. The sad part is that the big pharma ain’t intrested in kill a disease cause no cash in actually curing a disease but billions of cash in curing the symptoms.
So finally back to the music and the song i’ve choosen is actually a cover again this time a song first recorded by the Beatles for their last recorded album Abbey Road. It’s one of the most beautiful song that George Harrison ever wrote regardless if it was during the years with The Beatles or as a solo artist. The song is called Something and Jeff recorded it in 2007 on his Grand Central album.
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