Jeff Golub — The Vault
→↑← Svůj první koncert absolvoval v roce 1967 ve věku 12. V roce 2011 se Golubovy optické zrakové nervy nevysvětlitelně zhroutily a Jeff pak začal používat vodícího psa. V září roku 2012, při pokusu chytit metro v New Yorku právě ve chvíli, kdy se souprava blížila, spadl do kolejiště, byl zachycen a tažen. Okolostojící se snažili pomoci. Kupodivu kromě řezů a modřin zůstal nezraněn. Neohrožený kytarista nahrál společné album s britskou klávesovou legendou Brianem Augerem, ironicky s názvem The Train Keeps A–Rollin'. Set byl realizován v létě roku 2013. Během turné na podporu alba ale Golub začal trpět problémy s motorikou, včetně rovnováhy a řeči. V listopadu 2014 byl diagnostikován s progresivní supranukleární obrnou (PSP), nevyléčitelným degenerativním onemocněním mozku. Golub umřel na komplikace z nemoci dne 1. ledna 2015. Bylo mu 59 let. →↑← Tribute koncert se konal 21. ledna v B.B. King's Blues Club (Manhattan).
Born on April 15, 1955, in Akron, Ohio
Died of complications from the disease on January 1, 2015
Album release: March 31, 2015
Record Label: Entertainment One Music
01. Funky Is As Funky Does (feat. Boney James, Rick Braun) 3:49
02. One More Excuse to Play the Blues (feat. Bill Evans, Steven Miller) 3:51
03. Open Up (feat. Jeff Lorber) 3:33
04. Gimmie Some (feat. Mindi Abair, Rick Braun) 4:36
05. Swagster (feat. Philippe Saisse, Kirk Whalum) 4:19
06. Keep the Ball Rolling (feat. Gerald Albright, Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliot) 4:16
07. Jeff’s Blues (Mama Didn’t) [feat. Dave Koz, Rick Braun] 4:46
08. Groanin (feat. Mitchel Forman, Steve Ferrone) 3:55
09. Atlanta Nights (feat. Peter White, Jeff Young) 5:06
10. Naked City (feat. Mitchel Forman, Andre Berry, Steve Ferrone) [Live Recording] 9:33
℗ 2015 Entertainment One U.S., LP
→↑← On New Year's Day 2015, the music world mourned the death of Jeff Golub. After suffering the loss of his eyesight 3 years earlier, Jeff was diagnosed with PSP, a rare brain disease which rapidly debilitated his entire body and ultimately robbed him of the ability to play guitar. Knowing that Jeff's playing days were over, three of his closest friends and musical collaborators, Steven Miller, Rick Braun and Bud Harner dug deep into the Golub vault and uncovered some rare gems — radically different versions of some of Jeff's early tunes along with 2 songs that were never released. From there, Jeff handpicked a number of musical friends to add to the recordings and give each song a modern twist and unique flavor.
→↑← ‘The Vault’ has become an All–Star Tribute to the genius that was Jeff Golub. ‘The Vault’ was completed just days before Jeff's tragic death and provides a passionate and soulful overview of one of the music community's most beloved artists.
→↑← ‘The Vault’ includes collaborations with: Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Philippe Saisse, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Jeff Lorber, Bill Evans, Gerald Albright, Peter White, Richard Elliot and Steve Ferrone.
→↑← 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 gave the impression that he is essentially a soul–jazz improviser at heart. The Ohio native (whose influences included Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, and Larry Carlton, among others) was quite capable of playing straight-ahead bop; he certainly had the chops for it. →↑← However, Golub chose to focus on more commercial music and built up a long rГ©sumГ© as a rock, pop, and R&B session player. He appreciated being compared to artists 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.
→↑← Golub was born on April 15, 1955, in Akron, Ohio, where he grew up listening to a variety of R&B, funk, blues, jazz, pop, and rock and began playing guitar as a pre–adolescent. In the '70s, Golub moved away from Akron to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. But by 1980, he had relocated again, this time to New York City; his homebase for the remainder of his life. 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 Wolf, and John Waite. In 2011, his band cut The Three Kings with New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler. 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'. The set was released in the summer of 2013.
→↑← 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 the 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.
Collaborations: Ashford and Simpson, Alphonse Mouzon, Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair, Everette Harp, Peter Wolf, John Waite, Vanessa Williams, Gato Barbieri, Bill Evans, Rick Braun, Tina Turner, Dar Williams, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Marc Cohn, Richard Elliot, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth, Jeff Lorber and Peter White.
1988 — Unspoken Words
1994 — Avenue Blue
1996 — Naked City
1997 — Nightlife
1997 — Six String Santa
1999 — Out of the Blue
2000 — Dangerous Curves
2002 — Do It Again
2003 — Soul Sessions
2005 — Temptation
2007 — Six String Santa
2007 — Grand Central
2009 — Blues for You
2011 — The Three Kings
2013 — Train Keeps A Rolling
By Jeff Tamarkin