This is how Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band rolls

May 16, 2011

In these days of dwindling music sales, it’s hard to imagine how a band of any size can keep it together. Make that an 18-piece jazz ensemble and it’s nearly incomprehensible. Unless, that is, you’re talking about Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Goodwin is a GRAMMY-winning composer and arranger, known in Hollywood for his cinematic scoring in such films as The Incredibles, Armageddon, Enemy of State and even the classic cult film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. He’s a musician’s musician, who has worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Brecker and Quincy Jones. His West Coast group the Big Phat Band brings together some of L.A.’s finest players like Eric Marienthal, Marcus Miller and Gerald Albright. Goodwin’s Big Phat Band’s latest album “That’s How We Roll,” which hit #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts, features 10 originals and a daring reinterpretation of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Goodwin rolls into KPCC for an in-studio big-beat chat with Larry.

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