Artist: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
Album: Swingin’ For The Fences
Release Date: 2023
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 44,1 kHz
Total Tracks: 10
Total Size: 731 MB
1-1. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Sing Sang Sung (05:35)
1-2. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Count Bubba (07:33)
1-3. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Samba Del Gringo (06:59)
1-4. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Bach 2 Part Invention in D Minor (07:50)
1-5. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – I Remember (05:49)
1-6. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Swingin’ For The Fences (05:08)
1-7. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Mueva Los Huesos (Shake Your Body) (04:52)
1-8. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Second Chances (05:04)
1-9. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – There’s The Rub (05:46)
1-10. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – A Few Good Men (05:33)
Swingin’ for the Fences is the debut album by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, an 18-piece big band led by Gordon Goodwin.
Goodwin composed the music except for “Two-Part Invention in D Minor”, a jazz update of J. S. Bach. He wrote the arrangements and played alto and soprano saxophone. “Sing Sang Sung” is based on “Sing, Sing, Sing”, which was written by Louis Prima and made famous by Benny Goodman’s big band.
There are solos by the Big Phat Band’s Dan Higgins on saxophone, Andy Martin on trombone, Tom Ranier on piano, and Goodwin on saxophone. Guests include Arturo Sandoval, Eric Marienthal, Eddie Daniels, and Brandon Fields.
Swingin’ for the Fences received two Grammy Award nominations. It was the first album released on DVD-Audio and the first DVD-Audio to be nominated for two Grammy Awards.Saxophonist Gordon Goodwin (heard on this CD on alto and soprano) has loved big bands since he was a child. He arranged all of the music for his 18-piece big band’s release, contributing nine of the ten compositions (all but Bach’s “Two Part Invention in D Minor”) and getting several notable guest soloists to make appearances. The music is mostly modern mainstream, swinging while utilizing some advanced harmonies. There are a few departures including “Sing Sang Sung” (a number based a bit on “Sing Sing Sing”), the Bach selection, a couple Latin jazz pieces, and the funky “There’s the Rub” and “A Few Good Men.” Among the main soloists from the orchestra are Goodwin, trombonist Andy Martin, pianist Tom Ranier, and tenorman Dan Higgins. The guests (on two songs apiece) are trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, clarinetist Eddie Daniels, and altoists Eric Marienthal and Brandon Fields. Fans of contemporary big bands will find much to enjoy on this fun set. – Scott Yanow