My wife and I were at the local Border’s bookstore browsing books and CDs on our Anniversary (#12 on Aug 5) when I came across a new CD by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. I listened to the opening track and was impressed. Then I skipped to the next track — Dianne Reeves guest vocal, nice. Then I skipped again. Blues shuffle. By this time I am almost listening to the whole track, but I know my wife is going to wonder where I am so I skip ahead. Whoa, now it is a rock funk. David Sanborn! Man, these guys are good — they sound like the kind of artists on a Pixar show like Monsters, Inc or the Incredibles (which of course they are, since they are all L.A. musicians as I later find out). I skip ahead a couple more tracks. Now it sounds like a cartoon soundtrack (Hunting Wabbits). Then I notice the next track is a latin tune. I love latin jazz. So I decide to come back to the Hunting Wabbits tune, and listen to the “Little Clams” (they don’t play any clams as far as I can tell during the tune though). SwEEtness! What a trombone solo. Makes me want to immediately transcribe it (which I find out later has already been done for me and is on the accompanying DVD). I love variety, and this band plays it all.
Needless to say, it became an anniversary gift to me from my wife. Best CD I’ve heard in years.