The union of jazz organist Dave Siebels and pianist Gordon Goodwin along with the 17-piece orchestra of the Big Phat Band creates a musical feast fraught with jittering keys, spontaneous shifts and perilous glides. The group’s latest album, Dave Siebels With Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band has the upbeat flash of the Yellowjackets and the comfy smooth grooves of Under The Lake. Produced by Dave Siebels and Gordon Goodwin, the album penetrates the listener’s bloodstream within the first four bars of the opening track "The Coupe" and the group never breaks the trance that they hold their audience under.
The flashing saxophones twittering along like dancing fireflies in "Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That" are tailored to the curves made by the funky grooves like hug-fitting latex. The group keeps the album alive with the trotting rhythms of "DA Blues" bejeweled with bubbly organ keys and crackling embers from the horn section. The swiveling lines have a swing-jazz slant securely potted in vaunting beats. The album relapses into a slinky jazz-melt coasting in "Girl Talk" shrouded in a low-lit ambience, while the group’s cover of Stevie Wonder’s tune "I Wish" juts out with funky grooves and undulating organ keys. "The Gospel According To Hammond" has spirited ripples relatable to The Rippingtons as the gentle sighing which is phrased with such finesse along "I Love You Even More Again" resonates like a romantic serenade. The album returns to a big band bash in "The Cat" relatable to the theme songs featured in the 1960’s TV-show "Batman" starring actor Adam West in the lead role. Somehow the deep hues of the Hammond organ in this tune echo of this era. The album moves into a sweet Latin samba along the tangy shimmies of "Sort Of Like A Samba" and cool cocktail jazz esthetics nuzzling the comfy rhythmic beats of "The Eleventh Hour."
The group takes elements of jazz, funk, swing, and Latin rhythms to make an album that is continually shifting its shape within the boundaries of a big band set-up. The tracks are a vibrant mix of traditional swing and contemporary jazz rocketed by stirring funk-inspired grooves. The band throws caution to the wind but never loses sight of the direction they want to travel in along these tunes. Above all else, the group has fun as they are let loose and stay mindful of making tracks that sing to their audience and hold them in a trance-like state.