Act Your Age
(CD with Bonus DVD)
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band - Immergent
For the fourth recorded edition of his "Big Phat Band," Grammy-winning Gordon Goodwin's Act Your Age continues to display dynamic big-band writing executed with complete aplomb! A bevy of guest soloists is on display in tracks by accomplished pianists Chick Corea and Dave Grusin, vocalist Patti Austin and guitarist Lee Ritenour, who also produced the CD. In addition, Gordon illustrates his genuine appreciation of the legacy of the enduring jazz masters with the intriguing cutting-edge re-recording by Art Tatum of Yesterday, which is surrounded by his modern chart of the Jerome Kern classic tune. Also featured are Gordon's version of Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man and Patti Austin's smokin' cover of Earth, Wind and Fire's September. As usual, the Big Phat Band's premier players round out the featured solos including outstanding performances from altoist Eric Marienthal, tenor saxophonist Brian Scanlon, and the band's vaunted trumpet section of Wayne Bergeron, Dan Fornero, Dan Savant and Bob Summers. Also featured are trombonist Andy Martin and drummer Bernie Dresel. Included with the CD is an exciting bonus DVD, loaded with great stuff that Gordon's fans expect from him including videos, interviews, commentary, band bios, games, "make your own mix" of two of the album's tracks, and the entire Act Your Age CD in stunning DVD quality and 5.1 surround sound. Track listing: Hit the Ground Running; Watermelon Man; September (featuring Patti Austin and Lee Ritenour); Yesterday (featuring Art Tatum); Senor Mouse (featuring Chick Corea); Punta del Soul (featuring Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour); Act Your Age; Chance Encounters; Backrow Politics; East Coast Envy; El Macho Muchacho and Gumbo Street. You can't be without this incredible package!