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Phat Pack

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01
Cut n’ Run
Artist: Big Phat Band
6:07
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Too Close For Comfort
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3:39
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Count Bubba’s Revenge
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6:36
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Play That Funky Music
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6:13
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The Phat Pack
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6:39
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Hunting Wabbits 2 (A Bad Hare Day)
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4:47
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La Almeja Pequena (The Little Clam)
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7:36
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Get in Line
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6:53
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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Artist: Big Phat Band
5:09
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Under the Wire
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5:30
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Whodunnit?
Artist: Big Phat Band
6:28
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It Was a Very Good Year
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5:20
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Ever Braver, Ever Stronger (An American Elegy)
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4:08
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 75:05

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Stunning

AlphaCat

I mean it-- I'm stunned. This group cooks.

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Listen to this

salaydea

This album was my introduction to the Big Phat Band and I fell in love with its fun and playful style. I have since downloaded the bands other albums, but Phat Pack remains my favorite.

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Funky and sassy

Webdiva

What do you get when you cross Maynard Ferguson with some Warner Brothers and a little Grover-Washington-style funk? Something that sounds a lot like the Big Phat Band. You have to be in the mood for most of it; but The Phat Pack and Whodunnit swing, and Dianne Reeves's vocal on Too Close For Comfort is worth five stars all by itself -- it swings even harder than her version on the Good Night And Good Luck soundtrack, if that's even possible! Listening to this is a great way to while away a lazy hour or so. It's a keeper!

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Gordon Goodwin - THE BEST!

p_charming

This guy's music is really special, it's jazz with so much energy, yet it's not all over the place, it's very tight, logical and easy (i.e. effortless) to listen to. These four albums (excl the Xmas album) are each those rare albums that leave you hungering for more when the album is over. Get it and love it!

They Say All Music Guide

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band proves that large jazz ensembles are still in demand with this mostly rewarding effort. Goodwin, who wrote most of the music and doubles on piano and tenor sax, makes the most of his group’s abilities. Highlights include the modern swing chart “Count Bubba’s Revenge,” the playful “Hunting Wabbits (A Bad Hare Day)” featuring Sal Lanzo on piccolo, and “Ever Braver, Ever Stronger (An American Elegy),” which is a richly textured work suggesting the influence of 20th century composer Aaron Copland. There are also various guests: vocalist Dianne Reeves adds a nice touch to the swinging chart of “Too Close for Comfort,” while virtuoso clarinetist Eddie Daniels is featured in Goodwin’s demanding “Under the Wire.” The vocal group Take 6 add their tight harmonies to a breezy arrangement of “It Was a Very Good Year.” The only dud is the ridiculously out-of-place 1970s R&B hit “Play That Funky Music” (by the one-hit-wonder band Wild Cherry), a piece of tripe featuring shrill smooth jazz alto saxophonist David Sanborn, who is also an ill fit with this normally swinging big band. Goodwin does his best to make something of this monotonous piece, but he is done in by its lack of substance; it’s hard to believe that he chose either the song or Sanborn for this otherwise outstanding CD. – Ken Dryden

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