Dave Siebels with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band: Da Blues


Da Blues


Dave Siebels with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band


Dave Siebels with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (The Gold Label 786052-8111-2)

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Dave Siebels (organ),

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, with soloist Andy Martin (trombone)


Composed by Dave Siebels, arranged by Gordon Goodwin


Rating: 81/100 (learn more)

This cheerful blues has the organist and composer Dave Siebels temporarily fronting Gordon Goodwin's sensationally adept big band. The tune—a Siebels original, arranged by Goodwin—begins with a mildly funky backbeat feel, before morphing into a medium-up straight-ahead swing/shuffle. Siebels takes the lead on his Hammond B-3, playing the snarky melody in tandem with a muted trumpet, then soloing over the shuffle section. His style is hardcore bebop. He's a fleet, rhythmically assured player in the style of his self-professed "musical hero," Jimmy Smith. Andy Martin follows in the same vein with a few choruses of strutting trombonisms. As an arranger, Goodwin frames the soloists well. His chart leaves plenty of room for Siebels and Martin to blow unencumbered, yet asserts itself nicely when the occasion demands. This is extremely well-executed music; perhaps too tightly wound to be truly exciting, but appealing in its contemporary big band-ish way.

Reviewer: Chris Kelsey

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