Goodwin composes most, and arranges all, of the group's performance pieces, as well as playing piano and occasionally tenor saxophone. While using a similar instrumentation to the traditional big bands of the 1930s and 40s, the Big Phat Band has a highly contemporary sound, highlighted by driving rhythms, fast, almost frantic tempos, less emphasis on the melodic line, and extreme virtuosity.
Gordon Goodwin has built a bigger-than-life reputation with his composing, arranging and musical instrumentation skills. He combines all these talents on XXL, his second creation as ringleader for the Big Phat Band. After three Emmy Awards and two Grammy nominations, Gordon is still Hungry for more.
Winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for his Instrumental Arrangement of nine-minutes long end ["Incredits"] credits from the Pixar film The Incredibles," with a 90 piece orchestra, as well as three-time Emmy Award winner and five-time Grammy nominee.
Working within the television and film industry, his orchestration (and conducting) talents can be heard on such films as Glory Road," National Treasure," The Incredibles," Remember The Titans," Armageddon," Bad Boys II," The Majestic" (also composer), Con Air," Gone in 60 Seconds," Enemy of the State," Star Trek Nemesis," the classic cult film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes," and the upcoming Bah Hum Duck!" (as composer), a Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck riff on the classic, A Christmas Carol" with Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band.
Goodwin has composed, arranged, and orchestrated for Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, Toni Braxton, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughn, Mel Torme, Brian McKnight and Quincy Jones. He has conducted symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Dallas, Utah, Seattle, Toronto, and London.
The Big Phat Band is Gordon's creation...and his muse. XXL finds a stable full of LA's best Jazz players Eric Marienthal, Eddie Daniels, Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine and others eighteen deep wailing alongside their leader. These players have over a dozen Top-10 Jazz albums under their collective belt. Together the 18-piece big band jazz ensemble that plays the best of the big band tradition with a contemporary and original sound.
Their passion drives Gordon over the Top!
Add Three more guest performances and the mix hits full steam. Seven-time Grammy winning vocal group Take 6 checks in for two cuts. Billboard chart-topper Brian McKnight breathes new soul into the Jazz classic Comes Love." And Johnny Mathis, the man who needs no introduction, arrives to Let The Good Times Roll." XXL finds Gordon Goodwin at the top of his game.
Virtuoso performances abound on the record, by Gordon and all his key companions. Traditional big band music feels more alive than ever. The electric energy at Gordon's sold-out west coast gigs can only testify that the man has something cooking.
The band does rarely use vocalists, or adapt its pieces to accompany dancing. Formed in 2000, the group comprises many of Los Angeles' most acclaimed studio musicians, and has to date released four albums under Silverline Records.
Eric Marienthal Alto Saxophone/Soprano Saxophone/Piccolo/Flute
Sal Lozano Alto Saxophone/Piccolo/Flute
Brian Scanlon Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet
Jeff Driskill Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet
Jay Mason Baritone Saxophone/Bass Clarinet
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Dan Fornero Trumpet
Bob Summers Trumpet
Dan Savant Trumpet
Andy Martin Trombone
Francisco Torres Trombone
Charlie Morillas Trombone
Craig Ware Bass Trombone
Gordon Goodwin Piano/Tenor Sax/Soprano Sax
Andrew Synowiec Guitar
Rick Shaw Bass
Bernie Dresel Drums
Brad Dutz (Percussion)
Dan Higgins Alto Saxophone (Swingin' For The Fences)
Ray Brinker (Drumkit)
Grant Geissman Guitar
(Swingin' For The Fences, XXL, The Phat Pack, Act Your Age)
Carl Verheyen (Guitar)
Luis Conte percussion