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A Whole Lotta Sax by J.D. Goldberg

After several decades on the scene with such Cleveland, Ohio groups as the Bottom Line, Mr. Stress Blues Band, Nightbridge, and Armstrong Bearcat Band, saxophonist J.D. Goldberg decided to produce his own disc which brings together some of his influences over what is decidedly a mix of R&B and soul elements. Cuts such as "Knock on Wood," "Mercy Mercy," "Heard It Through The Grapevine," and "Chicken Shack" provide a signpost for the kind of electric funk that predominates. Goldberg may not be the most adventurous soloist, but he delivers the heads and develops some tasty lines with a gutsy tone and authority. His own tunes, "Julie’s Fire" and "Coodies Caddy," take on a sexy Latin groove, with Goldberg’s tenor speaking with the kind of edgy vibrato that marks Gato Barbieri’s classic "Europa."

The weakest moments are those three tracks that feature vocalist Butch Alexander. His voice is a bit off the beaten track and does nothing to really add to the proceedings. Making up for things though is guitarist Kevin Byous who takes some well-crafted solos that fit in nicely with the predominantly electric landscape. Even though this set might not live up to the implications of its title, it is a competent recording that’s worth checking out for fans of more contemporary fare. For information on ordering contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: J.D. Goldberg
  • CD Title: A Whole Lotta Sax
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Musicians: J.D. Goldberg (tenor & alto saxophone), Butch Alexander (vocals), Donald Farmer & Marty Simms (bass), Ed Majesky & James Johnson (keyboards), Kevin Byous & Byron Nemeth (guitar), Norm Crum (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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