Fattburger

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Fattburger
Origin San Diego, California, US
Genres Contemporary jazz, fusion, funk, jazz-funk
Years active 1986–present
Labels

Shanachie
Blue Note Records
Capitol Records
Intima Records
Sin-Drome Records

Golden Boy Jazz
Website http://fattburger.com
Members Kevin Koch (drums)
Mark Hunter (bass)
Tommy Aros (percussion)
Evan Marks (guitar)
Allan Phillips (keyboard)
Past members Carl Evans, Jr. (keyboards, vocals)
Steve Laury (guitar)
Hollis Gentry III (saxophones, flute)

Fattburger is a jazz group, best categorized in the jazz-funk, contemporary jazz, or jazz fusion subgenres. The band was formed by saxophonist Hollis Gentry, keyboardist Carl Evans Jr., bassist Mark Hunter, drummer Kevin Koch, and guitarist Steve Laury in San Diego during the early 1980s.[1] Tommy Aros soon joined as a percussionist.

After their first album, Hollis Gentry left the band to launch his solo career (but came back as a part-time member in the 1990s) and after the release of Come & Get It, Steve Laury also left to embark on a solo career. As a result, their next album, "On A Roll," was the first recording of Fattburger as a four-piece band (although Kiko Cibrian and Mark Shapiro (Evan Marks pseudonym)[2] appeared as studio guitarists). Evan Marks joined the band as a permanent member in 1995. After their latest album, Work to Do (2004), Hollis Gentry died on 5 September 2006 [3] and Carl Evans Jr. died on 10 April 2008.[4]

Later, Fattburger regrouped to play live at the Anthology jazz club on 26 June 2009, featuring Allan Phillips as a new keyboardist.[5] Today the band is still touring.

Fattburger's most commercially successful CDs were Sizzlin' and T.G.I.F.attburger!, although the best representations of their contemporary jazz-funk style may have been five earlier albums: On a Roll, Good News, Living in Paradise, Come and Get It, and Time Will Tell.

Discography[edit]

Title
Year
Label
Notes
One of a Kind 1986 Golden Boy Jazz 3 stars at AllMusic
Good News 1987 Intima 3 stars at AllMusic
Living in Paradise 1988 Intima 2½ stars at AllMusic
Time Will Tell 1989 Intima 3 stars at AllMusic
Come and Get It 1990 Capitol 3 stars at AllMusic
The Best of Fattburger 1992 Blue Note 4 stars at AllMusic
On a Roll 1993 Sin-Drome 3 stars at AllMusic
Livin' Large 1995 Shanachie 4 stars at AllMusic
All Natural Ingredients 1996 Shanachie 4 stars at AllMusic
Sugar 1998 Shanachie 3 stars at AllMusic
Fattburger.com 2000 Shanachie 4 stars at AllMusic
T.G.I.F.attburger! 2001 Shanachie 4 stars at AllMusic, reached #38 on Billboard Jazz Albums chart June 9, 2001
Sizzlin' 2003 Shanachie 2½ stars at AllMusic, reached #25 on Billboard Jazz Albums chart April 26, 2003
Work to Do! 2004 Shanachie 3½ stars at AllMusic
Greatest Hits 2007 Shanachie

Notable Singles[edit]

Title Release date Album Notes
Almost an Angel 1990 Come and Get It written by Steve Laury
Anything's Possible 1995 Livin' Large written by Kevin Koch & Evan Marks
Daydreaming 1988 Living in Paradise written by Steve Laury & Ron Satterfield
Eva 1987 Good News written by Steve Laury
Good News 1987 Good News written by Carl S. Evans, Jr. & Ricky Lawson
Imagine That 1988 Living in Paradise written by Carl S. Evans, Jr.
Imagine This 1993 On a Roll written by Carl S. Evans, Jr.
In the Street 1993 On a Roll written by Carl S. Evans, Jr.
Just Got Lucky 1993 On a Roll written by Mark Shapiro
Monica 1989 Time Will Tell written by Steve Laury
Night After Night 1990 Come and Get It written by Mark Hunter
One More Time 1988 Living in Paradise written by Steve Laury & Ron Satterfield
Seduction 1993 On a Roll written by Marcel East & Carl S. Evans, Jr.
Show Me the Honey 1998 Sugar written by Carl S. Evans, Jr.
Sizzlin' 2003 Sizzlin' written by Carl S. Evans, Jr.
South Coast Samba 1993 On a Roll written by Mark Hunter & Mitch Manker
Spice 1998 Sugar written by Chuck Loeb
The Doctor 1987 Good News written by Carl S. Evans, Jr.
The Mark of Zorro 1987 Good News written by Carl S. Evans, Jr.
The Whole Truth 1987 Good News written by Carl S. Evans, Jr.; Mark Hunter; and Steve Bruce Laury
Tronco's Party Time 1993 On a Roll written by Kiko Cibrian
Who Put the Meat in My Bed 1989 Time Will Tell written by Mark Hunter & Steve Laury
You've Got Mail! 2000 Fattburger.com written by Carl S. Evans, Jr.

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott Yanow (2009). "Fattburger Biography at Answers.com". 
  2. ^ http://shapmarkmusic.com/Bio.html
  3. ^ Bart Mendoza (2006). "Hollis Gentry". 
  4. ^ Blanca Gonzalez (2008). "Carl Evans Jr., 53; musician was part of noted jazz band". 
  5. ^ Smooth Jazz Network (2009). "Fattburger Regroups".