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Nothing packs a wallop quite like a well-rehearsed big band—and bandleader, arranger, and saxophonist/pianist Gordon Goodwin heads up one of the best around. Life in the Bubble, The Big Phat Band’s sixth album, does nothing to dispute this accolade. Featuring seven originals by Goodwin, the songs are crisp, clever, and even a bit cacophonous (in a good way). The funky title track, with its angular horn arrangement, will never be mistaken for something from the swing era, and “Why Can’t We Have Nice Things” has a percolating Latin edge to the rhythm and several fine solos. Elsewhere, the suite-like “Years of Therapy” finds the band dabbling in classical much like Raymond Scott would, before shifting to a snappy swing rhythm with fine trumpet work by Wayne Bergeron throughout. The fun cover of the Get Smart theme song is a gem, while a peppy version of the standard “On Green Dolphin Street” is short and sweet. The album closes with “Party Rockers,” featuring soulful singer Judith Hill.

Customer Reviews


I can’t get enough of Gordon Goodwin’s music, and this album is even better than the last! I wish more music nowadays involved this much talent and precision.

Man Oh Man

This is tight, hot, big band jazz (no Glenn Miller here) beautifully recorded and paced. Gordon Goodwin ranks at the top of arrangers working today, and this recording shows off his talents as well as his band’s. There are no duds on this album, and it ranks up there with previous Big Phat Band albums.

Party Rockers feat. Judith Hill should be the SINGLE! AMAZING!

Party Rockers is such a fun infectious ROCKIN song! this should be the next single! I can't stop listening to this!

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Life In the Bubble, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2014

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