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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Phat Genius, 29 May 2006
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Giovanni C. Washington-Wright (Dallas, TX United States) - See all my reviews
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This is easily the most highly-anticipated big band record of the past several years (just check the internet - the buzz is incredible). It seems like the hype for a new BPB record gets started the day after the release of the most recent. Gordon and his L.A. wrecking crew have managed to pull off a nearly impossible feat - to top your last two efforts. I have had the good fortune of being able to hear some of the tracks (almost in their entirety) before the release -- and all I can say is... DAMN. I think people will be completely blown away by this record.

There are a lot of Generation-Y superlatives out there one could use to describe this band. One is "sick". Yet another is "nails". Whatever the case, this band is both -- and the bottom line is that they have continued to raise the bar. Their third release, "The Phat Pack", is even better than "Swingin' For The Fences" and "XXL" - and that's saying A LOT. I love how Gordon and the BPB have continued put all other bands on notice. It is not acceptable, at least not to this listener, to play "loose". Gordon's music has a lot moving parts that demand great precision - and what you'll hear is the tightest, most disciplined big band out there. Period. Every track here is a winner, THEN come the highlights. There are so many on this CD you'll need a mitt (and your Visa) to catch them all.

There are a lot of naysayers out there who say that this band is "too clean" or "it's no Basie band". Well, NO band swings harder than Basie did. Besides, whatever you believe, you have to admit that level of musicianship is absolute and undeniable. I feel that the BPB has carved out its own niche. If you want to hear a chart shredded, this is definitely the band you need to hear. NOBODY does what the BPB does as well and they do. My prediction: a "Best Large Jazz Ensemble" Grammy. Hear that NARAS? Gordon does it again. 5 million stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!, 4 April 2010
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S. Mamo (Surrey, England) - See all my reviews
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bought this album coz of some college work and ended up falling in love with it!! it's perfect! definitely a great buy!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big fat Treat, 31 Oct 2009
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Mark (UK) - See all my reviews
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love it! Really tight sound, excellent recording quality, top knotch band, great tunes. Turn up the volume and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Phat Pack, 11 Mar 2009
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Mr. N. W. Beauclerk (uk) - See all my reviews
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Great CD and seemed like a good item to give a friend for his birthday
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