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