Dave Siebels with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Veteran organist, composer, and arranger Dave Siebels sounds like he is completely comfortable and at home as the guest with pianist Gordon Goodwin's acclaimed Big Phat Band. Contemporary funk, modern big-band charts, and a little bebop form the core of the band, as it plays a mix of standards, pop tunes, and seven originals penned by Siebels, including six arrangements by Goodwin, and two smaller-ensemble cuts. The music is fairly predictable, but well-revered soloists like guitarist Grant Geissman, tenor saxophonist Brian Scanlon, trombonist Andy Martin, alto saxophonist Eric Marienthal, and flutist Sal Lozano pop up and increase the band's creative quotient. ...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Veteran organist, composer, and arranger Dave Siebels sounds like he is completely comfortable and at home as the guest with pianist Gordon Goodwin's acclaimed Big Phat Band. Contemporary funk, modern big-band charts, and a little bebop form the core of the band, as it plays a mix of standards, pop tunes, and seven originals penned by Siebels, including six arrangements by Goodwin, and two smaller-ensemble cuts. The music is fairly predictable, but well-revered soloists like guitarist Grant Geissman, tenor saxophonist Brian Scanlon, trombonist Andy Martin, alto saxophonist Eric Marienthal, and flutist Sal Lozano pop up and increase the band's creative quotient. Siebels himself prefers eighth notes when he jams or plays behind the big band as on three of his tunes, the sleek funk-to-bop opener "The Coupe," the Brecker Brothers-type skunk funk "Not That There's Anything Wrong with That," and the cool walking "Da Blues," where he plays more unison lines with the horn section. "Sort of Like a Samba" is actually Brazilian-based with a quintet only, while "The Eleventh Hour" is another typical funky number, with Goodwin switching to tenor sax for a solo. There is a credible version of Neal Hefti's classic cool organists' favorite "Girl Talk" (with Geissman) and a rousing, fun take of Lalo Schifrin's boogaloo groove tune "The Cat." Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" is a clever adaptation, especially in its complex introduction, as different key changes are strung together before going into the familiar straight funk tune everybody knows. The big band and small ensembles unfortunately lose momentum during "The Gospel According to Hammond" and "I Love You Even More Again," tunes that it is difficult to express much enthusiasm about. While Siebels is a competent organist, he's in the lower third of favorites. A trio date would be welcome to hear how he can effectively stretch out with a more bare-bones combo, so listeners can assess his true colors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Pat Boone's Gold
  • UPC: 786052811121
  • Catalog Number: 81112
  • Sales rank: 68,182

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Coupe - Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (5:24)
  2. 2 Not That There's Anything Wrong with That - Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (5:09)
  3. 3 Da Blues - Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (5:19)
  4. 4 Girl Talk - Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (5:37)
  5. 5 I Wish - Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (6:10)
  6. 6 The Gospel According to Hammond - Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (5:05)
  7. 7 I Love You Even More Again - Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (4:04)
  8. 8 The Cat - Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (3:54)
  9. 9 Sort of Like a Samba - Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (4:41)
  10. 10 The Eleventh Hour - Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (6:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Siebels Primary Artist
Gordon Goodwin Piano, Conductor, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Musician
Brad Dutz Percussion
Bernie Dresel Drums
Jeff Driskill Tenor Saxophone
Dan Fornero Trumpet
Grant Geissman Guitar, Soloist, Musician
Sal Lozano Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soloist, Musician
Eric Marienthal Alto Saxophone
Andy Martin Trombone, Soloist, Musician
Charlie Morillas Trombone
Dave Spurr Drums, Musician
Craig Ware Bass Trombone
Roy Wiegand Trumpet, Musician
Brian Scanlon Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Musician
Ed "Edgardo" Smart Tenor Saxophone, Musician
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Dan Savant Trumpet
Jay Mason Baritone Saxophone
Rick Shaw Bass
Pete DeSiena Trumpet
Alex Iles Trombone
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Composer
Pat Boone Executive Producer
Gordon Goodwin Arranger, Producer
Neal Hefti Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Dave Siebels Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
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