November 19, 2004

Paul Brown Producing New Jeff Golub CD

Guitarist Jeff Golub has enlisted smooth jazz's premier producer for his upcoming CD on Higher Octave.

jeffgolub_bw.jpgThis month, guitarist Jeff Golub begins recording his new album. Golub has a new label, Higher Octave, and a new producer – Paul Brown, the most sought-after producer in smooth jazz.

Golub, who lives in New York, will be bicoastal for a while as he works on the album in Brown's Funky Joint studio in Southern California. According to Brown, the two musicians already have a couple of original songs finished, including one called “Simple Pleasures,” and are now deciding on one or more cover songs. Brown – who has produced music for Boney James, Euge Groove, Rick Braun, Norman Brown and Richard Elliot, among many others – says some of Jeff’s new songs will be funkier, more urban and more orchestrated than his previous works.

“Jeff’s a excellent musician, and I really like his style," says Brown. "I think he’s one of the more recognizable guitarists out there. He doesn’t sound like Wes Montgomery or George Benson. He’s got this Southern blues thing that he does so well. I'm trying to put him into some different environments for him to play in so he stands out even more.”

The CD, expected to be released in the spring of 2005, is the follow-up to Golub’s Soul Sessions, which was released in August 2003 by the GRP label. In addition to producing, Brown of course is now a solo artist in his own right. His debut album, Up Front, features the smash single “24/7,” which went all the way to No. 2 on the smooth jazz charts. His current single is called “Moment By Moment," a catchy number that displays Brown's vocalese skills.

Posted by Brian Soergel at November 19, 2004 5:34 AM