Grand Central

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
A staple of the smooth jazz format since the mid-'90s, the former sideman for Rod Stewart fills a unique rock/blues gap between the genre's overabundance of R&B-influenced saxmen and the cool, classy elegance of artists like Chris Botti. At his best, as on this exciting collection, he's raw and just a bit dirty, wailing with his buddies and having some loose, energetic fun. Though fans mostly saw him out there on the Guitars & Saxes Tour or on countless smooth cruises, Jeff Golub spent his down time at home in N.Y.C. seeking out local clubs where he could jam with his buddies and break in some new material. Fashioned as a celebration of both the loud and subtle ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
A staple of the smooth jazz format since the mid-'90s, the former sideman for Rod Stewart fills a unique rock/blues gap between the genre's overabundance of R&B-influenced saxmen and the cool, classy elegance of artists like Chris Botti. At his best, as on this exciting collection, he's raw and just a bit dirty, wailing with his buddies and having some loose, energetic fun. Though fans mostly saw him out there on the Guitars & Saxes Tour or on countless smooth cruises, Jeff Golub spent his down time at home in N.Y.C. seeking out local clubs where he could jam with his buddies and break in some new material. Fashioned as a celebration of both the loud and subtle conversations between workaday New Yorkers, Grand Central found Golub happy in the midst of his adopted hometown, jamming hard and fast as if the subway's doors are closing and he's just about to jump on or off. He plays it mostly fast and funky, but shows a unique emotional depth by making his guitar gently weep on a nice cover of "Something." It's clear he's having a blast taking a live-in-the-studio approach with a handful of the cats he ensembles with around town. Keyboardist Chris Palmaro throws a buoyant piano harmony down on the brassy scorcher "Hello Betty" (inspired by an old romantic gum commercial!) as easily as he creates a retro-chill cool on Sly Stone's "If You Want Me to Stay" (a vibe that echoes Golub's more laid-back previous disc, Temptation). On the Ray Charles-influenced "The Way I Feel Tonight," the guitarist's sweet, bluesy charm is massaged by Palmaro's brooding B-3 and pianist Kenny White's jazzy shimmer. Golub always includes tracks with his smoothie all-star pals; here, Rick Braun leads the horn section on "Hello Betty" (which he also produced), Kirk Whalum goes dark and cool on the acoustic jazz ballad "Slinky," and Richard Elliot keeps the customer satisfied on a pleasant cover of "Ain't No Woman Like the One I Got." The brightest cameo belongs to Philippe Saisse, who invokes the spirit of Les McCann stunningly on the crazed, horn-drenched soul-jazz jam "Mojito," a track inspired by a drink Golub dubbed a favorite on one of the smooth cruises. After a low-key chilled-out turn on his previous disc, it's great to hear him partying again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 094636474021
  • Catalog Number: 64740
  • Sales rank: 97,075

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hello Betty (3:51)
  2. 2 Lulu's Back (4:26)
  3. 3 If You Want Me to Stay (6:02)
  4. 4 Mojito (4:20)
  5. 5 Something (4:54)
  6. 6 Shockwave (5:15)
  7. 7 Slinky (4:53)
  8. 8 Grand Central (4:12)
  9. 9 Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got) (4:09)
  10. 10 The Way I Feel Tonight (5:39)
  11. 11 Stuffin' It (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Golub Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Richard Elliot Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al Bass, Bass Guitar
Rick Braun Organ, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Brown Percussion
Luis Conte Percussion, Tambourine
Steve Ferrone Drums
Mitchel Forman Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Strings
Lincoln Goines Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Nick Lane Trombone
Chris Palmaro Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
David Palmer Drums
Shawn Pelton Drums
Philippe Saisse Piano
Roger Squitero Percussion
Kirk Whalum Tenor Saxophone
David Woodford Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Randy Jacobs Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Kenny White Piano
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Electric Bass
Paul Rayner-Brown Percussion
Dave Woodford Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Harrison Composer
Jeff Golub Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Rick Braun Programming, Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Bud Harner Management
Nick Lane Horn Arrangements
Sammy Merendino Digital Editing
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer
Erik Zobler Engineer
Steven Miller Producer, Engineer
DC Digital Editing
Paul Rayner-Brown Producer, Engineer
Steve Chapman Management
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