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Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band: Swingin’ for the Fences

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Hello, my name is Sean, and I am a DVD slut. No matter how lousy a certain movie might be-heck, even when I’ve already seen the piece of crap in the theater-if the DVD version includes “bonus material” (deleted scenes, director’s commentary, making-of featurettes), then there’s a good chance I’ll be pulling out the wallet. Sure, I have classics like Taxi Driver, Don’t Look Back, and Jaws, but I’m also the proud owner of Showgirls, Mission: Impossible 2, and 1941. I know: It’s pathetic. But now my mania is reaching even more fevered heights: Because of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, I’m now hooked on DVD music, too.

Bandleader Goodwin’s Swingin’ for the Fences is 10 hellzapoppin’ (and I don’t use that word lightly) swing tracks-nine of which were written by the man himself-recorded in six-channel DTS digital surround sound. (That sound you hear is my drool hitting the linoleum.) Which means, of course, that from the very first notes of album-opener “Sing Sang Sung”-and all the way to “A Few Good Men”‘s raucous finale-the music isn’t just coming from my stereo, but from my kitchen, my shower and my walk-in closet, as well. The clarity of the mix is jaw-dropping, to say the least.

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