The Phat Pack

The Phat Pack

by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
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The Phat Pack 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.