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"To me, there's only two kinds of music: the kind that's from the heart and the kind that's not," Jeff Golub says while discussing Train Keeps A Rolling, his 12th album under his own name, and his third for Entertainment One Music. "Regardless of the style or genre, music is either real or it's not real. I like any kind of music that's from the heart, and that's the kind that I try to make."
Those qualities are all prominent on Train Keeps A Rolling, a sublimely soulful set that matches Golub's compelling guitar work with the talents of legendary English keyboardist Brian Auger, whose iconic organ playing is a cornerstone of British rock, jazz and R&B, and whose seminal '70s jazz-rock band, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, was a crucial early influence upon Golub's musical consciousness.
Golub and Auger's vibrant rapport is apparent throughout Train Keeps A Rolling, driving a lively batch of soul-jazz numbers that includes the Golub-penned title track and "J&B" and some beloved items from Auger's vintage repertoire (i.e. the instrumentals "Isola Natale" and "Shepherds Bush Market," and the vocal tunes "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" and "Whenever You're Ready"), along with infectious instrumental readings of classics by soundtrack composer Lalo Schifrin ("The Cat"), blues icon Willie Dixon ("Live The Life I Love") and soul legend Curtis Mayfield ("Pusherman").
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