Dave Siebels with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

Dave Siebels with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

by Dave Siebels
     
 

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 bySee more details below

Overview

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:
05/12/2009
Label:
Pat Boone's Gold
UPC:
0786052811121
catalogNumber:
81112
Rank:
87230

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Tracks

  1. The Coupe  -  Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  2. Not That There's Anything Wrong with That  -  Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  3. Da Blues  -  Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  4. Girl Talk  -  Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  5. I Wish  -  Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  6. The Gospel According to Hammond  -  Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  7. I Love You Even More Again  -  Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  8. The Cat  -  Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  9. Sort of Like a Samba  -  Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  10. The Eleventh Hour  -  Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

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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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