Act Your Age

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Immergent
  • UPC: 676628114728
  • Catalog Number: 81147
  • Sales rank: 30,256

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hit the Ground Running (4:56)
  2. 2 Watermelon Man (5:28)
  3. 3 September (4:29)
  4. 4 Yesterdays (3:19)
  5. 5 Señor Mouse (5:00)
  6. 6 Punta del Soul (5:04)
  7. 7 Act Your Age (5:47)
  8. 8 Chance Encounters (7:35)
  9. 9 Backrow Politics (8:05)
  10. 10 East Coast Envy (5:13)
  11. 11 El Macho Muchacho (6:10)
  12. 12 Gumbo Street (6:33)
  13. 13 Floating Home (6:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hit the Ground Running
  2. 2 Watermelon Man
  3. 3 September
  4. 4 Yesterdays
  5. 5 Señor Mouse
  6. 6 Punta del Soul
  7. 7 Act Your Age
  8. 8 Chance Encounters
  9. 9 Backrow Politics
  10. 10 East Coast Envy
  11. 11 El Macho Muchacho
  12. 12 Gumbo Street
  13. 13 Floating Home
  14. 14 I Wish
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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
Chick 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
Dan Fornero Trumpet, Group Member
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
Technical Credits
Gordon Goodwin Arranger, Composer, Producer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Michael Aarvold Engineer, Digital Editing
Chick Corea Composer
Dave Grusin Composer
Richard King Engineer
Paul Klingberg Producer, Engineer, Graphic Design, Video Editor, Authoring
Lee Ritenour Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Stevie Wonder Composer
John Trickett Executive Producer
Gus Skinas Engineer
Michael Atwell Digital Editing
Bernie Kirsch Engineer
David A. Helfant Executive Producer
Dan Savant Producer
David K. Tedds Producer
Gary Lee Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Gordon Catches the Killer Wave: Did We?

    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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