Act Your Age

Act Your Age

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by Gordon Goodwin
     
 
It isn't easy to keep a big band together, but Gordon Goodwin has come up with various strategies to maintain his Big Phat Band since its founding at the turn of the 21st century. Although the band is a vehicle for his writing and arranging, Goodwin has not been shy about bringing on eye-catching guest stars and trying new things, whether that meant having See more details below

Overview

It isn't easy to keep a big band together, but Gordon Goodwin has come up with various strategies to maintain his Big Phat Band since its founding at the turn of the 21st century. Although the band is a vehicle for his writing and arranging, Goodwin has not been shy about bringing on eye-catching guest stars and trying new things, whether that meant having Johnny Mathis sing a number or Dave Sanborn contribute to a reading of "Play That Funky Music." He has been rewarded with Grammy nominations and stratospheric sales (for this style of music, that is) in the 15,000-20,000 range. Act Your Age, the fourth Big Phat Band album (not counting the group's 2006 soundtrack to Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas) again reveals Goodwin's marketing savvy. Deliberately offered up just before the deadline for the 2008 Grammy Awards, it boasts a bevy of guests including Chick Corea, who recreates his "Senor Mouse"; Patti Austin, singing a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's "September"; electric bassist Nathan East, taking the lead role on the title tune; Dave Grusin, playing on his "Punta Del Soul"; the album's producer, Lee Ritenour, adding electric guitar to "September" and "Punta Del Soul"; and, um, "Art Tatum." The quotation marks are necessary since the Tatum contribution is virtual, courtesy of an electronic process by which a Tatum performance of "Yesterdays" from 1949 was digitized, then re-performed by a Diskclavier, accompanied by a big band arrangement provided by Goodwin. Traditionalists will cringe, of course, but Goodwin doesn't care about them. He cares about reanimating big-band music. Funnily enough, he does that most consistently on the tracks that don't have any guests or gimmicks, and they actually take up a good part of a long disc, just not, for the most part, in the early sequencing, where the guest stars are found. As the album goes on, Goodwin's charts turn out to be punchy and inventive, and he is abetted by a precise and enthusiastic ensemble. He may have included more tangential elements than big band fans would prefer, but there is some undeniable contemporary big-band music on this album. (On CD copies of Act Your Age, "Floating Home," the album's final track, is available as a download-only track, not on the disc itself.)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Immergent
UPC:
0676628114728
catalogNumber:
81147
Rank:
33045

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gordon Goodwin   Primary Artist,Piano,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Patti Austin   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Art Tatum   Piano,Guest Appearance
Brad Dutz   Percussion,Vibes,Group Member
Armando Anthony Corea   Piano,Guest Appearance
Dave Grusin   Piano,Guest Appearance
Bernie Dresel   Drums,Group Member
Jeff Driskill   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Nathan East   Electric Bass,Guest Appearance
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Sal Lozano   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Eric Marienthal   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Andy Martin   Trombone,Group Member
Charlie Morillas   Trombone
Lee Ritenour   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Craig Ware   Bass Trombone
Brian Scanlon   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Francisco Torres   Trombone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet,Group Member
Dan Savant   Trumpet,Group Member
Jay Mason   Bass,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
David K. Tedds   Ambience
Andrew Synowiec   Guitar,Group Member
Alex Iles   Trombone
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet,Group Member

Technical Credits

Gordon Goodwin   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Michael Aarvold   Engineer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Dave Grusin   Composer
Richard King   Engineer
Paul Klingberg   Producer,Engineer,Graphic Design,Video Editor,Authoring
Lee Ritenour   Producer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
John Trickett   Executive Producer
Gus Skinas   Engineer
Bernie Kirsch   Engineer
David A. Helfant   Executive Producer
Dan Savant   Producer
David K. Tedds   Producer
Gary Lee   Engineer

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Act Your Age 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Richard_Orr More than 1 year ago
Gordon Goodwin is a master orchestrator who conveys moods via the big band about as well as anyone ever has. Though Gil Evans remains the master painter, Gordon puts today's vibe into sharp focus with every note, few wasted. That said, I think Gordon is currently riding THE WAVE and is making sure he doesn't fall off the board. Any single track is an OK listen--well, let's leave out September in that assessment--but after hearing the disk straight through I had a case of "funkinosis" that was relieved only by liberal doses of Chick Corea piano trios, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and just about any hard-swingin' CD by the U. North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band. Compared to Goodwin's three earlier Big Phats, this one treads too close to lip of the funk crater for someone who thrives on logical development in writing bolstered by strong, thoughtful soloing. The solo point is a particularly sore one when you play what you expect to be a jazz CD. Not enough heard from the likes of Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, and a host of other great improvisors. The Corea cameo doesn't sound comfortable in the tempo and feel that are quite different from Chick's original Mouse. The balance that knits a set of tracks into a suite of performances making sense back to back is missing here. I will continue to travel some distance to hear the band live, but I won't be playing Act Your Age in the car in either direction.
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