Phat Pack

The Phat Pack

5.0 1
by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
     
 
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band proves that large jazz ensembles are still in demand with this mostly rewarding effort. Goodwin, who wrote most of the music and doubles on piano and tenor sax, makes the most of his group's abilities. Highlights include the modern swing chart "Count Bubba's Revenge

Overview

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band proves that large jazz ensembles are still in demand with this mostly rewarding effort. Goodwin, who wrote most of the music and doubles on piano and tenor sax, makes the most of his group's abilities. Highlights include the modern swing chart "Count Bubba's Revenge," the playful "Hunting Wabbits (A Bad Hare Day)" featuring Sal Lanzo on piccolo, and "Ever Braver, Ever Stronger (An American Elegy)," which is a richly textured work suggesting the influence of 20th century composer Aaron Copland. There are also various guests: vocalist Dianne Reeves adds a nice touch to the swinging chart of "Too Close for Comfort," while virtuoso clarinetist Eddie Daniels is featured in Goodwin's demanding "Under the Wire." The vocal group Take 6 add their tight harmonies to a breezy arrangement of "It Was a Very Good Year." The only dud is the ridiculously out-of-place 1970s R&B hit "Play That Funky Music" (by the one-hit-wonder band Wild Cherry), a piece of tripe featuring shrill smooth jazz alto saxophonist David Sanborn, who is also an ill fit with this normally swinging big band. Goodwin does his best to make something of this monotonous piece, but he is done in by its lack of substance; it's hard to believe that he chose either the song or Sanborn for this otherwise outstanding CD.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Daily News - Steven Rosenberg
The band is tight, the solos thrilling, and the special guests (Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Eddie Daniels, Take 6) at their very best.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Immergent
UPC:
0676628440421
catalogNumber:
284404
Rank:
36737

Related Subjects

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Cut 'N Run
  2. Too Close for Comfort
  3. Count Bubba's Revenge
  4. Play That Funky Music
  5. The Phat Pack
  6. Hunting Wabbits 2 (A Bad Hare Day)
  7. La Almeja Pequena (The Little Clam)
  8. Get in Line
  9. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
  10. Under the Wire
  11. Whodunnit?
  12. It Was a Very Good Year
  13. Ever Braver, Ever Stronger (An American Elegy)

Disc 2

  1. Cut 'N Run
  2. Too Close for Comfort
  3. Count Bubba's Revenge
  4. Play That Funky Music
  5. The Phat Pack
  6. Hunting Wabbits 2 (A Bad Hare Day) ...
  7. La Almeja Pequena (The Little Clam)
  8. Get in Line
  9. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
  10. Under the Wire
  11. Whodunnit?
  12. It Was a Very Good Year
  13. Even Braver, Even Stronger (An American Elegy)
  14. Concert and Recording Session Videos
  15. Big Phat Band Photo Gallery
  16. Big Phat Solo Transcriptions
  17. Biographies
  18. Big Phat Band Trivia Game
  19. Make Your Own Mix
  20. Audio Commentary
  21. Video Liner Notes
  22. Portable Music Files

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band   Primary Artist
Gordon Goodwin   Piano,Tenor Saxophone
Brad Dutz   Percussion
Ray Brinker   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Bernie Dresel   Drums
Jeff Driskill   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Sal Lozano   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Eric Marienthal   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Andy Martin   Trombone
Charlie Morillas   Trombone
Carl Verheyen   Guitar
Craig Ware   Trombone
Brian Scanlon   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Dan Savant   Trumpet
Jay Mason   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Craig Gosnell   Trombone
Alex Iles   Trombone
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Gordon Goodwin   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Paul Klingberg   Video Editor
Rob Parissi   Composer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
George David Weiss   Composer
John Trickett   Executive Producer
Dan Savant   Producer
Evan Johnson   Producer
Tom "Harmonica Tom" Richmond   Illustrations
David K. Tedds   Producer
Larry Holofcener   Composer
Ignacio Monge   Authoring
Guerin Myall   Camera Operator

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Phat Pack 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is easily the most highly-anticipated big band record of the past several years (just check the internet – the buzz is incredible). It seems like the hype for a new BPB record gets started the day after the release of the most recent. Gordon and his L.A. wrecking crew have managed to pull off a nearly impossible feat – to top your last two efforts. I had the good fortune of being able to hear some of the tracks (almost in their entirety) before the release -- and all I can say was… DAMN. I think people will be completely blown away by this record. There are a lot of Generation-Y superlatives out there one could use to describe this band. One is “sick”. Yet another is “nails”. Whatever the case, this band is both -- and the bottom line is that they have continued to raise the bar. Their third release, “The Phat Pack”, is even better than “Swingin’ For The Fences” and “XXL” – and that’s saying A LOT. I love how Gordon and the BPB have continued put all other bands on notice. It is not acceptable, at least not to this listener, to play “loose”. Gordon’s music has a lot moving parts that demand great precision – and what you’ll hear is the tightest, most disciplined big band out there. Period. Every track here is a winner, THEN come the highlights. There are so many on this CD you’ll need a mitt (and your Visa) to catch them all. There are a lot of naysayers out there who say that this band is “too clean” or “it’s no Basie band”. Well, NO band swings harder than Basie did. Besides, whatever you believe, you have to admit that level of musicianship is absolute and undeniable. I feel that the BPB has carved out its own niche. If you want to hear a chart shredded, this is definitely the band you need to hear. NOBODY does what the BPB does as well and they do. My prediction: a “Best Large Jazz Ensemble” Grammy. Hear that NARAS? Gordon does it again. 5 million stars.