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Baltimore Bluesrag

 

"The Three Kings" 

Jeff Golub's guitar is fully tenured in the school of rock, having blazed in the service of Billy Squier (early '80's) and then Rod Stewart (1988-1995). Since going prolifically solo, the cool, controlled burn of contemporary jazz mellowed those strings. Until most recently. The heat's hot again but burning pure blue this time in tribute to The Three Kings: Albert, B.B. and Freddie. Doing so, Golub devotes all the attention to seeing that his Stratocaster's attitude across "Born Under a Bad Sign" remains big, bold, steely and sweeping, as the horns sledgehammer their downbeats. That the bent string finish stop an escalating rush of soloing note properly embodies "Let The Good Times Roll." And that "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" yanks tense and ultimately tenser yet by a high-toned heave. Golub, you see is pure guitaist. This means instumentals like Freddie's "Side Tracted" and his own "In Plain Sight" (co-scorched with Robben Ford's and Sonny Landreth's guest guitars), flame readily and steadily. And also that singing slots open up, which get marvelously filled within the band by the contrasting voices of drummer Josh Dion pleading "Help The Poor" and (surprise!) New Orleans' angular pianist Henry Butler, who craoks out on the three aforementioned. Golub never looks back-"Do You Think I'm Sexy" is so gone, now convincingly replaced by the new, blue mentality of "I'm Tore Down."

Dennis Rozanski


(October - November 2011 Issue)

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