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"The Three Kings"
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"Thirteen tracks of pure pleasure, Golub really sinks his teeth into this record, with chops and technique to die for, and uncommon soul and depth as well." (David Malachowski/Daily Freeman)

"...an excellent vehicle for the guitarist to strut his stuff....he lets loose on solos with an edgy abandon...the appearance of guest pianist/vocalist Henry Butler -- who also gets star billing on the disc's cover -- fellow jazz/bluesman Robben Ford, and slide wizard Sonny Landreth go a long way to making this Golub's most incisive guitar outing. Horns pop up occasionally, adding Memphis soul to 'I'm Tore Down' and 'Oh Pretty Woman,' and a jump/big-band influence to 'Everyday I Have the Blues.'  Butler takes the sound down to New Orleans on his original that sums up the concept in 'Three Kings' as Golub adds fiery if short solos. The guitarist also contributes the self-penned 'In Plain Site,' a second-line beat-driven instrumental that gives him and Landreth room to stretch out...He also opens up on Freddie's 'Side Tracked,' tossing off Clapton-styled licks that are both fluid and sharp, then slows things down with 'Freddie's Midnight Dream,' a terrific and relatively obscure find that provides Golub with plenty of space to solo within its gospel-styled framework, providing what is arguably the disc's finest moment. Golub's an established pro, but with 'The Three Kings', he's expanding his vision into roots music that shows off his talents far better than the more commercialized approach he has built his reputation on."  (Hal Horowitz/All Music Guide)

"Great guitar, piano, fine vocals highlight "The Three Kings" ...filled with great music that honors some blues masters with rich and imaginative interpretations of their music...These guys know their stuff, and it shows. From the opening guitar chords and horn riffs of the classic 'Let the Good Times Roll,' Butler's vocals inject the familiar lyrics with drive and power. Butler also does magically smooth things on 'Have You Ever Loved a Woman' (with a nicely stinging solo by Golub)....Golub, Butler and the band obviously love the music and the talent to pull off an album that makes old hits sound fresh again...great music-making." (Jim White/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

"...a rising star...dynamic guitar player [Golub] has put together a hot band featuring piano legend, Henry Butler. With the addition of a horn section and some talented guest stars, old becomes new again... Golub’s guitar licks are sparkling, and Butler’s husky vocals and horn and back up vocal choruses bring the necessary celebratory spirit to life... 'Everyday I Have The Blues' is two-and-a-half-minutes of incendiary jam...Robben Ford adds a spicy touch to Freddie King’s 'Side Tracked'...Another guest, Sonny Landreth, brings his slide magic to a Golub original, 'In Plain Sight'. The final track is pure homage to one of blues’ most influential (especially in the crossover to AOR) pieces, B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone”. Aided by a string section, Golub injects soulful heart into his lead, as Butler executes a brilliant jazzy solo that provides a warm counter."  (Robbie Gerson/Audiophile Audition)

"Jeff Golub, a longtime sideman with Rod Stewart and Billy Squier, has compiled the expected all-star amalgam in this tribute to the blues stylings of The Three Kings — Albert, B.B. and Freddie. Yet it is his guitar work, canny and sharp-edged, that holds everything together.  Golub’s playing is comprehensive in scope — stinging and raw when it needs to be, then bracing and jazz-infused when you might be expecting something more overt.  Just as importantly, Golub made varied musical selections, and followed that up with some intriguing choices in reworking tunes... Though 'The Three Kings' includes a number of notable covers from the storied careers of Albert, B.B. and Freddie ... there are also a handful of interesting originals...Golub closes with B.B.’s 'The Thrill is Gone,' but smartly approaches it as an instrumental, avoiding vocal comparisons with a version that is so deeply ingrained in the musical consciousness. The song is also a great example of the economy and grace that Golub brings to the album.( Nick DeRiso/SomethingElse Reviews!)

"This is a solid mix rhythm and blues album, mixing vibrant instrumentals with rollicking numbers that are blues in form but rock n roll in spirit. ...Jeff Golub hits mostly golden notes on 'The Three Kings'.  His guitar work is outstanding throughout...All new students of blues/rock should include 'The Three Kings' in their early education."   (Wildy Haskell/Wildy's World)

"freshness and energy....Golub's approach to leads and solos on tracks such as 'Born Under A Bad Sign' and 'Every Day I Have The Blues' is conspicuously devoid of imitation, allowing his own...contemporary blues voice to be heard...In a genre where sets of pedestrian originals are all too common these days, the vitality of 'The Three Kings' is refreshing."  (Duane Verh/Jazz & Blues Report)

"this album is clearly a labor of love and respect, meant to honor three of the greatest artists the blues has ever produced...The guys that make up the Jeff Golub Band are all very talented musicians and Golub, himself, is a very good guitarist...There is a lot of talent displayed on 'The Three Kings'.  The recording quality is topnotch and the playing is full of life and energy."   (J. Blake/American Blues News)

"...a fresh, new approach by a group of fine musicians paying tribute to the best classic blues guitarists in American music history while at the same time bringing something of their own to these great songs.  Jeff Golub deserves a great deal of credit for producing this CD...Under his control, vision and his unifying strength these great talented musicians joined together perfectly to produce the great sounds on this CD.  Every time I get to hear Jeff he seems to get better and better.  His guitar phrasing and dexterity is always creative and clear as a bell." (The Music Man Blog)

"...a very enjoyable collection." (Ron Weinstock/In A Blue Mood)

"new & noteworthy" (Gary Graff/Oakland Press)


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