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Album Review

Guitarist Jeff Golub has long mixed his soulful crossover jazz with a healthy dose of modern electric blues. However, he's never devoted a whole album to the kind of greasy rocking blues that makes up his 2009 effort Blues for You. An assured fret-wiz with a knack for juicy, well-tempered jazz licks, here we find Golub going for more of a laid-back shuffle and rocking twang that is more Stevie Ray Vaughan than George Benson. Joining Golub are a bevy of unexpected, but no-less blues familiars, guest vocalists most likely culled from Golub's time in the pop world backing Rod Stewart. Included are such names as Tom Waits, Marc Cohn, and even '80s rocker Billy Squier who shows up here to help Golub rework his classic hit "Everybody Wants You" into funky, Southern-blues drawl. The result works surprisingly well and overall brings to mind the earthy late-career efforts of Bob Dylan. Golub-himself has never sounded as muscular and assured as he does on such tracks as the shuffling jump-blues "Rooster Blues" which also features Peter Wolf sounding as inspired and back-alley slippery as ever. This album may be Blues for You, but it is clearly a work meant to please Golub's own soul as much as his audience's.

Customer Reviews

Great CD

I was a little skeptical before buying this CD. But I gave it a try after reading some of the other reviews and previewing the songs. Ths is a jazz-infused blues CD, but make no mistake it is a blues CD. It is a very refreshing change from the really mediocre "jazz" that has been released lately. I recommend it to any jazz or blues fan. I played it three times in a row right after I got it and liked it more each time.

Instant Masterpiece

Jeff has exceeded even high expectations and has an instant masterpiece. Every tune has it's own character. This is an incredibly interesting and enjoyable set of music. Congratulations to Jeff and all of the guest musicians especially Kirk Whalum.

Not Bad Jeff

Peter Wolf !!! Funky,Funky,Funky!!!!!!!


Born: April 15, 1955 in Akron, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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 refused to play outright elevator music, and to be sure, Golub's solos gave the impression that he was essentially a soul-jazz improviser at heart. The Ohio native (whose influences included Wes Montgomery,...
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