Dangerous Curves

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Maybe the best place to start listening to DANGEROUS CURVES is with the last track. On King Curtis's old R&B hit "Soul Serenade" guitarist Jeff Golub gets truly down and dirty, and laying on the mellow grit suits him well. Taking his sweet time on this cut, Golub lets the blues tell the tale. Not that his funky chops are hiding out on the rest of the recording. From the title track on, the former axeman for Avenue Blue displays some serious playing that reveals a deep and abiding affection for R&B and the blues. When wrapped up in melodic gumdrops like "Another Friday Night," "Step Aside," "No Two Ways About It" and "Droptop" Golub's guitarising takes on an ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Maybe the best place to start listening to DANGEROUS CURVES is with the last track. On King Curtis's old R&B hit "Soul Serenade" guitarist Jeff Golub gets truly down and dirty, and laying on the mellow grit suits him well. Taking his sweet time on this cut, Golub lets the blues tell the tale. Not that his funky chops are hiding out on the rest of the recording. From the title track on, the former axeman for Avenue Blue displays some serious playing that reveals a deep and abiding affection for R&B and the blues. When wrapped up in melodic gumdrops like "Another Friday Night," "Step Aside," "No Two Ways About It" and "Droptop" Golub's guitarising takes on an expressiveness that sets him apart from flashier, but emptier, smooth-jazz fretmen. Golub's got the smarts to know that a simple bend of the strings can say more than the buzzing of flying fingers hitting thousands of notes per tune. Just hear him give a lovely, and deeply funky, reading to Grover Washington's hit "Mr. Magic." Golub has obviously done some hard listening to such jazzy R&B guitar masters as Cornell Dupree and Eric Gale and their influence has paid off well.
All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
In its review of Jeff Golub's 1999 release Out of the Blue, Jazziz magazine boldly asserted that the guitarist's innovative style transcends typical smooth jazz boundaries, enthusiastically comparing him to Eric Clapton and Robben Ford -- two of the greatest guitarists of all time. But there is more to Golub than rock and blues. Throw in the influences of Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Les McCann, and Cannonball Adderly, add magical pop melodies and improvisations, and it's clear why Golub's been one of the genre's most popular performers since the mid-'90s. Playfully keeping what he calls a "beatnik funk vibe" throughout, his GRP debut Dangerous Curves perfectly captures this multitude of influences along with the energy and spontaneity of Golub's unforgettable live performances. Golub produced the album with veteran drummer and GRP/Verve marketing exec Bud Harner, who came up with the idea of creating a live club party feeling and loose, casual gig atmosphere featuring some of Golub's favorite musicians -- Mitch Forman keyboards, Lincoln Goines bass, Steve Ferrone drums, Dave Woodford sax, flutes, Lee Thornburg trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, Peter White acoustic guitar, Kevin Savigar Hammond B-3, and Luis Conte percussion. Golub's instincts never stray too far from his trademark jazz/blues base, from the brass-infused bebop-influenced blues of the title track to the restless and blistering funk bounce of "Another Friday Night." His dynamic mood swings cover a lot of intriguing territory, going wildly Latin on "Lost Weekend" and retro-soul for "No Two Ways About It," which seamlessly intertwines Forman's Rhodes and Savigar's simmering B-3. On the seductive "No Two Ways About It," Peter White's unmistakable, high-toned acoustic breezes dance jubilantly in and around Golub's tougher edges; the contrast brilliantly showcases the many faces of smooth jazz. Golub wrote or co-wrote most of the material on Dangerous Curves, but carefully chose a handful of unique covers to create new arrangements for "That's Mr. Magic To You," a meditative tribute to the late Grover Washington, Jr.; "Soul Serenade," a melancholy take on King Curtis' '60s blues hit recorded by Golub and company at 2 a.m.; and Smash Mouth's alternative hit "Walking on the Sun," which Golub approaches from a moody, atmospheric, Doors-like angle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2000
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 731454368827
  • Catalog Number: 543688

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Golub Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Electric Guitar
Peter White Acoustic Guitar
Rick Braun Hand Clapping
Steve Ferrone Drums
Mitchel Forman Bass
Bud Harner Finger Snapping
Sammy Merendino Percussion
Kevin Savigar Hammond Organ
Lee Thornburg Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Woodford Flute, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jeff Golub Producer
Bud Harner Producer
Steve Sykes Engineer
Lee Thornburg Arranger
David Woodford Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Smash Mouth Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Curtis Ousley Composer
Rika Ichiki Graphic Design
Israel Hernandez Engineer
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