Dave Siebels with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band: The Coupe
Dave Siebels with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Dave Siebels with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (The Gold Label 786052-8111-2)
Dave Siebels (organ),
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, with soloists Grant Geissman (guitar) and Brian Scanlon (tenor sax).
Composed by Dave Siebels, arranged by Gordon Goodwin.
Rating: 83/100 (learn more)
Dave Siebels borrows Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band to record an album of B3-centric arrangements of his own original compositions and covers of tunes by Neil Hefti, Stevie Wonder, and Lalo Schifrin. "The Coupe" is one of his own tunes, arranged by Goodwin—a funk/bebop hybrid that serves as a nice showcase for Siebels's spirited, bluesy Hammond work. Goodwin's band is a freak, as tight and virtuosic as any band on the planet. It reads down the complex chart with fire and precision. Guitarist Grant Geissman plays a fine, rhythmically tortuous solo; tenor saxophonist Brian Scanlon takes a nice turn as well. Siebel's tart comping on organ acts like an autonomous horn section, and his solo is stylish and energetic. Fans of contemporary big bands should find much to like about this.
Reviewer: Chris Kelsey