Soul Sessions

Soul Sessions

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by Jeff Golub
     
 
Soul Sessions presents Jeff Golub's attempt to recreate the '60s and '70s recording sessions where musicians played live together in the studio rather than the modern way of recording each separately. It makes for a more lively Golub album than usual and does overcome the overly slick and lifeless production that so many smooth jazz albums suffer from. But it's

Overview

Soul Sessions presents Jeff Golub's attempt to recreate the '60s and '70s recording sessions where musicians played live together in the studio rather than the modern way of recording each separately. It makes for a more lively Golub album than usual and does overcome the overly slick and lifeless production that so many smooth jazz albums suffer from. But it's getting harder and harder to lump Golub with other smooth jazz artists as his albums become funkier and more soulful affairs than the competition offers. It's difficult not to think of late-period Wes Montgomery while listening to the opening "Boom Boom," and when Ricky Peterson's Hammond B-3 shows up here and there it pushes the album into the soul-jazz category. Soul Sessions mixes in some satisfying pop with a sunny cover of No Doubt's "Underneath It All," and the Golub original "Can't Let You Go," with Mindi Abair and Journey's Steve Perry guesting on vocals respectively. Marc Cohn's vocalizing on Jesse Winchester's "Isn't That So," and Luis Conte's focused percussion are also highlights. The album falls prey to smooth jazz's clich�s only when saxophonist Richard Elliot sleepwalks through "Playin' It Cool," and Abair and Perry are given nothing more than their respective songs' titles as lyrics. Otherwise, the musicians' interaction is satisfying, but Golub's discography now just cries out for a live album.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0044007614327
catalogNumber:
000028702

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Golub   Primary Artist,Guitar
Marc Cohn   Vocals
Richard Elliot   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Ricky Peterson   Hammond Organ
Jeff Lorber   Guitar,Keyboards
Sue Ann Carwell   Vocals
Alex Al   Bass
Andre Berry   Bass
Rick Braun   Trumpet
Dave Carpenter   Acoustic Bass
Luis Conte   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Steve Ferrone   Drums,Shaker
Lincoln Goines   Acoustic Bass
Nick Lane   Trombone
Stan "Be Bop" Martin   Trumpet
Chris Palmaro   Keyboards
Shawn Pelton   Drums
David Woodford   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Cole   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Forman   Keyboards
Kenny White   Keyboards
Mindi Abair   Vocals
Steve Perry   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ohio Players   Composer
Jesse Winchester   Composer
Jeff Lorber   Composer
Jeff Golub   Composer,Producer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Tim Gant   Composer
Bud Harner   Producer
Neil Jason   Composer
Nick Lane   Horn Arrangements
John McCurry   Composer
Chris Palmaro   Composer
Steve Sykes   Engineer
Donna Ranieri   Photo Production
Hollis King   Art Direction
Terri Apanasewicz   Groomer
Gwen Stefani   Composer
David Stewart   Composer
Neil Artwick   Composer

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Soul Sessions 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally agree with David Jefferies review of Jeff Galub's latest, The Soul Sessions. It's tough to beat tunes by this guitar master, especially when backed by a sexy Mendi Abair vocal or a Richard Elliot sax, even if he's sleepwalking. And while this music is of the smooth variety, I taste a hint of Steely Dan in the song Vibrolux. (Jeff, it's time for a Steely Dan cover or two, wink wink.) What Mr. Jefferies and I agree the most on though would be it's very much time for a live recording. If you haven't seen Galub perform, go. This "smooth" guitarist is dynamite.