MULTI GRAMMY- AND EMMY-WINNER GORDON GOODWIN AND HIS BIG PHAT BAND ‘REANIMATE BIG BAND MUSIC’ WITH “ACT YOUR AGE”
#1 Most Added at Smooth Jazz Radio, #15 Debut on Billboard Current Jazz Chart and #6 Debut on Billboard Traditional Jazz Chart in 1st Week of Release!
Guest Stars Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin, Dave Grusin, Chick Corea, and a “Virtual” Art Tatum Join Powerhouse 18-Piece Ensemble
2-Disc Package Includes 12-Track CD Plus Bonus DVD with Interviews, Live Concert Footage, Photos and More
“… Bristling arrangements with hair-raising virtuosity.” – Time Magazine
LOS ANGELES – Multi Grammy- and Emmy-winner Gordon Goodwin had the nation’s #1 Most Added Song at Smooth Jazz Radio in the first week of release of Act Your Age, the new two-disc set (12-song CD + Bonus DVD) by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band on immergent Records. The album also debuted in Billboard this week at #15 on the Current Jazz Chart and #6 on the Traditional Jazz Chart.
Their first single – a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” featuring Patti Austin on vocals and the album’s producer, Lee Ritenour, on guitar – also is #25 on the R&R Smooth Jazz Chart. Austin will be making a special guest concert appearance with the Big Phat Band in February at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Taking it higher, Goodwin hosts the Delta Airlines jazz channel as featured artist in its “Tune In!” in-flight entertainment system throughout November-December, with a one-hour program dedicated to Act Your Age, on all domestic flights.
Act Your Age arrives as a big “phat” hit with a powerhouse ensemble and the wide-ranging talents of Ritenour, Austin, and pianists Dave Grusin and Chick Corea. Even the late piano giant, Art Tatum (!) guests in a cutting-edge “virtual” duet courtesy of an electronic process by which a Tatum recording of “Yesterdays” was digitized, then woven into Goodwin’s big band arrangement.
True to form, this is an album of self-penned tunes and standards that have inspired Goodwin to advance a vital tradition. The venerable arranger-composer Johnny Mandel, who wrote for the likes of Basie, Herman and Artie Shaw, after hearing Goodwin play, recently said to him, “You are where big band writing is today.” All Music Guide, noting how Goodwin “cares about reanimating big band music,” raved that the charts on Act Your Age are “punchy and inventive,” adding, “he is abetted by a precise and enthusiastic ensemble.”
Act Your Age, released Sept. 30, includes a bonus DVD filled with extras including interviews, performance videos, make your own mix, solo transcriptions, photos, and games geared toward his devotees. “Floating Home,” the album’s final track, is available as a download-only MP3 on Amazon.com as an exclusive bonus track, not on the CD.
Act Your Age runs the gamut from soul grooves to samba to contemporary New Orleans. There’s a special nod to Herbie Hancock, with the Phat Band’s up-tempo take on his classic “Watermelon Man” that’s in the pocket. Chick Corea recreates his own “Señor Mouse” with the same success as the original, steeped in big band, Latin-style. Pianist/composer Grusin and his longtime associate Ritenour trade riffs on Grusin’s “Punta Del Soul”. The line-up also features alto saxophonist Eric Marienthal, tenor saxophonist Brian Scanlon, the Band’s vaunted trumpet section of Wayne Bergeron, Dan Fornero, Dan Savant, and Bob Summers, trombonist Andy Martin, and drummer Bernie Dresel.
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band has attracted significant coverage from the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time Magazine and numerous other media outlets across the continent. The group’s previous album The Phat Pack peaked in the Top 20 on the Billboard Jazz Chart around its release in 2006.
Gordon Goodwin is the modern standard-bearer of big band arranging and composing, having won a GRAMMY Award for his work on Pixar’s The Incredibles soundtrack, and three EMMY Awards for music he composed for Warner Brothers animated films. The eight-time GRAMMY nominee fell in love with big band jazz when he discovered Count Basie in the seventh grade. Goodwin has worked with Take 6, Johnny Mathis, Brian McKnight, David Sanborn, Natalie Cole and Dianne Reeves, was a session guy for Gil-Scott Heron and Louie Bellson, and has played profile venues and festivals including the Playboy Jazz Festival and Hollywood Bowl. And his fans? Count Paul Shaffer, Robin Eubanks, Randy Brecker …check.
Upcoming tour dates that have been announced:
October 11 Laguna Beach Live! Artist’s Theatre, Laguna Beach HS, CA
October 20 The Jazz Bakery, Culver City, CA
November 4-9 The Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan
December 31 Omaha Performing Arts Center, Omaha, NE
February 13 Walt Disney Concert Hall with Patti Austin, Los Angeles, CA
February 21 Friends University, Wichita, KS
ACT YOUR AGE CD TRACK LIST:
1. Hit The Ground Running 4:54
2. Watermelon Man 5:27
3. September – featuring Patti Austin and Lee Ritenour 4:29
4. Yesterdays – featuring Art Tatum 3:18
5. Señor Mouse – featuring Chick Corea 5:00
6. Punta Del Soul – featuring Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour 5:04
7. Act Your Age 5:48
8. Chance Encounters 7:34
9. Backrow Politics 8:05
10. East Coast Envy 5:12
11. El Macho Muchacho 6:10
12. Gumbo Street 6:32
13. Floating Home 6:23 – Bonus Track exclusive, amazon.com MP3 digital download