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That's How We Roll

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Gordon GoodwinAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B004NDVK68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. That's How We Roll
2. Howdiz Songo?
3. Rippin' n Runnin'
4. Hunting Wabbits 3(Get Off My Lawn)
5. Everlasting
6. Gaining on You
7. Never Enough
8. It's Not Polite to Point
9. Race to the Bridge
10. Rhapsody in Blue

Editorial Reviews

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, a 1 8-piece jazz ensemble from Los Angeles, celebrates and personifies the best of the big band tradition with a contemporary and original sound. The Wall Street Journal calls them, Without a doubt the cleanest, sharpest, most disciplined big band going today. Through the writing genius of Gordon Goodwin, audiences around the world have enjoyed the bold, impeccable swing of this tight, agile band. On their debut Telarc release, Goodwin's witty and insightful arrangements propel the listener on a journey through a myriad of styles: Latin, blues, swing, classical and hard-hitting jazz. The Grammy-nominated band's first CD in over 2 1/2 years features 10 new Goodwin originals and Gershwin's classic Rhapsody in Blue. Special guests include Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Marcus Miller and Take 6. Look for tie-ins to Jazz Educators via publications, music sheet publishers and online campaigns.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Phat Band Offering! May 14, 2011
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On this, the fourth Big Phat Band CD, there's a lot to listen to. Gordon Goodwin's arrangements are always top notch and it's a treat to follow how his ideas unfold in the course of a piece: there's always enough twists to a theme to keep you interested in what's coming next. The musicianship, as always, is first tier as is the production value, this CD is, like other Phat Band CDs, is clean-sounding and crisp where it's supposed to be and round and, well, Phat, where "it's" supposed to be. The soloists are always on the money, the ensemble playing in various sections of the band is a delight, the ryhthm section is tight, it's just a treat to hear the sound of this CD. There are many "nods" to the history of jazz on this album but it doesn't get stuck in any one of them and remains completely fresh because of that. Even the old iconic workhorse classic like "Rhapsody In Blue", which closes out the album, gets a brand new set of clothes but doesn't loose any of its beauty or style in the re-telling.

If there is one bad thing to say about any Big Phat Band album is that these guys make hard charts sound easy, but that's entirely due to high calibre of their musicianship. I've heard the band live, as well as other individual performances and projects by various Big Phat Band Band members, and I have to tell you two things: (#1) buy any and all music that comes out of anybody associated with The Big Phat Band if you want both an education and great listening experience amd (#2) go see them live!

Props should also be given to Gordon Goodwin and The Big Phat Band for all they do for musical education in the schools. With teachers like them the future of jazz music and the Art of The Big Band is in pretty darn good hands!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Not Polite to Point April 20, 2011
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As a hobbyist jazz musician and a fellow who runs a Big Band I look to Gordon for some great charts. Most of his music is vanguard stuff and wickedly hard to reproduce. This new release is no different. Performed by stellar musicians Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Marcus Miller and Take 6, listening brings moments of pure, unadulterated joy and a lot of ah ha moments.

Hey Gordon, whe can I get the "It's Not Polite to Point" chart? It is the only arrangement on this CD that my intermediate jazz band might be able to perform.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hits just keep on coming June 11, 2011
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Still at the top of their game, the Big Phat Band expertly renders an assortment of charts that demonstrate their skill and versatility - although it might be more versatility than some listeners want on a single album.
For those who keep coming back to this band for its superb execution of some of the most dynamic big band charts being written today, you won't be disappointed when you hear "Gaining on You," "It's Not Polite to Point," "Race to the Bridge," and Gordon Goodwin's new interpretation of "Rhapsody in Blue." But those all come in the second half of the track list, preceded by tunes that are designed to show off soloists more than the ensemble. (And in some cases, to show off the band's ability to get funkier than any other group its size.) There's also a third edition of "Hunting Wabbits," which sounds much like a cartoon soundtrack, as intended. I always find these interesting, and they're certainly challenging for the band, but some listeners may feel the track is out of place with the other material presented here.
The vocal group Take 6 makes a guest appearance on "Never Enough," another demonstration of the band's funky credentials.
Followers of the band will consider this a worthy addition to the repertoire, even though previous releases like The Phat Pack and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band XXL may remain their favorites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so much fun to listen to. July 14, 2013
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This is a collection of Jazz music composed or arranged by Gordon Goodwin. My son Adam really enjoys listening to this CD. We listen to it over and over again. He knows all of the band members, what they play and thanks to the dvd included, what they look like. when he grows up he wants to be Gordon Goodwin. He's six.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Big Band........ January 14, 2013
By Roz
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Recommended to anyone who loves Big Band music in the tradition of Glenn Miller and other Big Band greats. Gordon Goodwin provides a real roller coaster ride with challenging arrangments and excellent players all around. A real treat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Phat Band success! October 22, 2011
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Great band, superb recording, great writing, phenomenal playing,---- all the superlatives!

Four stars because there's too much cute stuff. I would recommend that the band get back to straight up, full on, swinging! Their first and second releases: 'Swingin' for the Fences' and 'XXL' remain as favorites here.

The arrangement of 'Rhapsody in Blue' is amazing which closes this wonderful record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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You won't find a better big band on the planet currently than Gordon Goodwin's. The arrangements are also some of the best being published. That having been said, I cannot completely endorse this release for two reasons. The Hunting Wabbits series, while I appreciate the arrangement, is nothing more than an audible confectionary tribute to Carl Stalling. I cannot imagine revisiting this track. Never Enough struck me as a track best left to the bonus section. And the Rhapsody in Blue is an interesting arrangement of Gershwin's classic...certainly different than the original Paul Whiteman jazz band scoring, but, to me, not better. Still this is a four star performance and not to be missed by jazz fans. But OH how much better this release would have been in a high resolution presentation like all of Goodwin's previous releases (which gave you both 2.1 and 5.1). Concord decided that SACD is a no-win format due to the additional manufacturing expense and sales that did not match the red book edition, so this is the lowest-fi Gordon Goodwin recording out there (along with the Dave Siebels release with Goodwin's band). Don't get me started on how they treated Telarc once they gobbled that label up...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but Phat?
Wish there were more songs along the style of the one I bought it for.
Published 1 month ago by J.B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic album
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band never fails to deliver. I started listening to this group after we played the Hunting Wabbits chart in high school jazz band. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gershwin piece alone is worth the price of admission
Superb recording quality as usual. Great arranging and the Gershwin piece alone is worth the price of admission. Great playing all around.
Published 16 months ago by John Hilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Tight, well-produced big band
I usually don't listen to CDs as often as I have this one. I found that it grooved throughout. If you like traditional harmony big band as opposed to Mingus or Dave Holland, I... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Eric Rasmussen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, fun music
The energy, talent and entertainment in this album are fabulous. This is tight ensemble playing at its best, doing tunes that showcase the talent.
Published 16 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine effort by the Big Phat Band
This group continues up to its high level oforiginal arrangements and improvisational musicianship. These guys have almost single handedly revived big band jazz.
Published 17 months ago by Archer A. Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon is the Best Big Band out there
Gordon's arrangements are absolutely fantastic! This is a real tight big band that really swings with so much emotion that you just want to replay and replay! Read more
Published 19 months ago by James T. Paxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome cd, dvd sections with transcribed solos a very big plus
great tunes, swings hard. having the transcribed solos is really cool. a very nice addition to the collection. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ex-labite
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the digital info?
Great CD,but...Why isn't there any encrypted info (artist, tracks, etc.) so I can load it and find it on my ipod?
Published 22 months ago by William N. Hite
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Choice from the Best Modern Big Band
I especially love the title tune and Hunting Wabbits 3. But if I were to get one Big Phat Band CD, I'd probably choose Act Your Age over this one.
Published 22 months ago by Marty Nemko
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