Jazz & blues guitarist JEFF GOLUB has a long career behind him, and hopefully (and seemingly) a lot of years to come as well. Besides all solo albums and recordings with his band AVENUE BLUE, his also well known for playing with ROD STEWART for many years in the 80's and 90's. On this new solo CD, where the correct title is JEFF GOLUB with BRIAN AUGER "Train keeps a rollin", he involves a number of highly interesting guests. How about singers ALEX LIGERTWOOD (Santana), DAVID PACK (AMBROSIA) and CHRISTOPHER CROSS!?
The main part of this album is instrumental. Stylewise it's rock and soul, with some influences of jazz & r'n'b. The opener "The cat" for example, almost has a slight big band jazz vibe to it. In "Train keeps a rollin" there's a hint of jazz/fusion and even something oriental in the arrangement. The musicians are really skilled, but it still gets a bit stiff. This kind of music will fit perfectly live, though.
On to the vocal tunes instead! Here's where things start happening. The great TOWER OF POWER comes to mind in "I love the life I live", written by Willie Dixon. "How long" is neatly performed by Christopher Cross, and it's PAUL CARRACK who's penned down this lovely soul/pop song. Alex Ligertwood, though, is the one impressing me the most. His voice closes in on DONALD FAGEN (STEELY DAN) territory, which even makes the song "Happiness is just around the bend" sound like Steely Dan as well. It's almost the same in "Whenever you're ready" - a nice mix of soul, r'n'b, westcoast pop and some funk; once again with Ligertwood singing. The album finished off by "Walking on the moon" (by STING). David Pack is sing and playing guitar here, and it's always a treat to hear his voice. But the song is far from the best one on this CD. In short, this is an album well worth investigating in if you like soul/poprock with good musicians.