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"Jazz Monthly Feature Interview" Jeff Golub

jeff golubSmitty: Hanging out with me at Jazz Monthly.Com is a cat with a whole lotta cool.  He’s a musician with prevailing excellence.  He’s about to release a fantastic new album.  It’s called Grand Central.  He is a unanimous fan favorite. Here to talk about this great record and the upcoming fantastic year for his career, please welcome the incredible and amazing Mr. Jeff Golub.  Jeff, how ya doin’, my friend?

Jeff Golub (JG):  All right!  I don’t know what to say after an intro like that. Thank you.

Smitty:  You’re so welcome, man.  Well, I tell you, man, I’m loving this record and you’re stacking up some records now.  Let’s see, this is, what, number ten?

JG: You know what?  I actually do lose count and I have to add them up every time somebody asks that, but I think it’s nine because I would remember ten.  (Both laugh.)  So I think it is nine.

Smitty:  Yeah, well, you nailed it on this one.

JG:  Well, thanks.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out and all around I’m excited about getting it out there and having people hear it.

Smitty:  You really got back in the studio. You love that studio, don’t you?

JG:  Well, I just love playing all around.  I mean, I love performing live and I love recording new stuff.  It’s all good.  Actually, any time I have a guitar in my hands, it’s all good.

Smitty:  (Laughs.)  Yeah.

JG:  I mean, at least for me it is.  I don’t know about anybody else, but I would just play all the time and so if I’m not touring, yeah, I’m working on songs and trying to get something like this happening and getting in the studio and playing.

Smitty:  Yeah, and this new record has got that signature bluesy kind of feel and the guitar just really sings on this one.

JG:  Well, thank you.  That was the one thing that I wanted to accomplish, like the one pre-set in my mind, is that I wanted to accentuate the aspects of my guitar playing that might be a little different from other Smooth Jazz artists as opposed to, like, not embracing them.  I wanted to make more out of the fact that I like to bend strings, I like to use vibrato, I like to approach the guitar in more of a vocal aspect rather than the instrumental aspect, in a sense more of a blues approach to the guitar as opposed to kind of the jazzier Wes Montgomery approach.  This is really much more of an Albert King approach.

Smitty:  Yeah, man, and you used every inch of that neck this time, huh?

JG:  (Laughs.)  You got it!  And this is a technical question only guitar players will probably get, but I played the Fender Stratocaster, which is what I usually play live, on this record, which does make me approach the guitar a little differently.  The sound and the feel of it makes me dig in a little more.

Smitty:  Yeah, well, you could feel that whole exploration-type feel to it and just really getting in there and letting the guitar do its thing too.

JG:  Oh, that’s right.  The guitar on its own really does have a lot to do with it.  (Both laugh.)  So that it kind of runs me, as I said, and that is the truth.  The guitar kinda dictates how I’m gonna play whatever instrument is in my hands.  Once it’s there, I don’t feel I have that much to do with it.  It just kinda happens.

Smitty:  Oh, yeah, but trust me, man, it’s like a photographer and his camera.  A lotta times it’s the photographer behind the camera, but the camera sure does make a difference.

JG:  Yes.

Smitty:  Yeah, and you kicked out the first track with “Hello Betty.”  Man, what a nice way to open that.  I mean, it’s just got that uptempo vibe and then it just kinda slides into that bluesy thing.  It’s got a lot of elements.

JG:  Cool, yeah.  I like that track.  I mean, I might be prejudiced because I co-wrote it.  (Both laugh.)  Rick Braun and I wrote that track and I think it’s sort of classic to the style that people have become accustomed to hearing from me.  It is like a funky upbeat tune with a lotta horns.  You know, the horn arrangement has a lot to do with it, with the whole final product of the music.

Smitty:  Yeah, and that’s the first track to radio, right?

JG:  Yes, that’s the first single.

Smitty:  Yeah, now, this one comes out, what, the first week of March?

JG:  March 6.

Smitty:  Yeah, man, that’ll be here before we know it, you know?

JG:  Yes, yes, that’s why I’m glad we’re talking now.
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