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Dave Siebels: With the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band

No matter how he spells his organization’s name, Gordon Goodwin always delivers. His big phat phranchise has managed to outsell the many Los Angeles-area rehearsal bands that, ironically, include some of Goodwin’s sidemen. Good marketing? To some extent. Truth is: Goodwin caters to younger listeners saturating his charts with a fusion of jazz, rock and funk . His competition does, too; Goodwin’s charts are simply more aggressive.

Added to that funky jazz, his latest album turns to a sound most big bands shun: the Hammond-B3 organ. Dave Siebels, who also arranged four tracks here, eschews the down-and-dirty blues funk of his idol, Jimmy Smith, creating more pianistic, single-note improvisations: like the rousing opener, “The Coupe,” his original line, “Da Blues:” and “The Eleventh Hour.”

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