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David "Fathead" NEWMAN – The Blessing 2008

Posted in David "Fathead" NEWMAN, JAZZ on December 8, 2010 by whoisthemonk

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Bluesiana Triangle – Bluesiana Triangle (With Art BLAKEY) 1990

Posted in Art BLAKEY, BLUES, Bluesiana Triangle, David "Fathead" NEWMAN, Dr. JOHN on November 23, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Bluesiana Triangle – Bluesiana Triangle (With Art BLAKEY) 1990


Keep it simple, that’s the secret behind this unadorned frolic. The music is basic: a chain-gang song with numerous verses (”Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me”), a spiritual (Dr. John’s attractive minor-key variation on ”The Saints,” with a wailing Fathead alto sax solo), and three 12-bar blues. Doc does most of the singing and slips and slides over the piano keys; Fathead, who was Ray Charles’ most celebrated bandmate, switches between alto and tenor saxes and flute. The unexpected payoff comes when Blakey, the master drummer, sits down at the piano and sings the pop classic ”For All We Know.” His voice is a croak, his vibrato wobbles shamelessly, and his last note never quite finds its mark, but he sustains a lazily swinging backbeat groove that’s hard to resist.
By Gary Giddins.
Dr. John- Organ, Performer, Vocals, Organ (Hammond), Guitar, Piano
Art Blakey- Drums, Performer, Vocals
David “Fathead” Newman- Flute, Arranger, Saxophone, Performer, Vocals (Background)
Essiet Essiet- Okon Essiet; Bass, Vocals (Background)
Okon Essiet- Bass, Vocals (Background)
Joe Bonadio- Percussion, Drums
01. Heads Up 5.43
02. Life’s A One Way Ticket 5.31
03. Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me 10.06
04. Need To Be Loved 3.42
05. Next Time You See Me 4.49
06. When The Saints Go Marchin’ In 6.16
07. For All We Know 6.33

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David "Fathead" NEWMAN – The Gift 2003

Posted in David "Fathead" NEWMAN, JAZZ on November 19, 2010 by whoisthemonk

David “Fathead” NEWMAN – The Gift 2003


Newman came to prominence back in the 60s as a leader in the soul jazz trend with players like brother Jack Mcduff, etc., and he still has that soulful fire some thirty years later. This album features him on flute, tenor, and alto sax and has a fine supporting cast of players. With age, Newman has mellowed to a degree and sounds a bit more boppish than on some of his early records on atlantic ( a key reissue to explore is “that’s Mr. Fathead” on 32 jazz). This set swings from the outset and Newman provides excellent work on flute. Listen for the ballads–here is where the sweet soul still shines through, evoking a warm night, candlelight, and the person you love. Get this album, you will enjoy a session by seasoned master.
By  Rob Watkins.
As a teenager, David Newman played professionally around Dallas and Fort Worth with Charlie Parker’s mentor, Buster Smith, and also with Ornette Coleman in a band led by tenor saxophonist Red Connors. In the early ’50s, Newman worked locally with such R&B musicians as Lowell Fulson and T-Bone Walker. In 1952, Newman formed his longest-lasting and most important musical association with Ray Charles, who had played piano in Fulson’s group. Newman stayed with Charles’ band from 1954-1964, while concurrently recording as a leader and a sideman with, among others, his hometown associate, tenor saxophonist James Clay. Upon leaving Charles, Newman stayed in Dallas for two years. He then moved to New York, where he recorded under King Curtis and Eddie Harris; he also played many commercial and soul dates. Newman returned to Charles for a brief time in 1970-1971; from 1972-1974 he played with Red Garland and Herbie Mann. Newman parlayed the renown he gained from his experience with Charles into a fairly successful recording career. In the ’60s and ’70s, he recorded a series of heavily orchestrated, pop-oriented sides for Atlantic and in the ’80s he led the occasional hard bop session, but Newman’s métier was as an ace accompanist. Throughout his career, he recorded with a variety of non-jazz artists; Newman’s brawny, arrogant tenor sound graced the albums of Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, and many others. It is, in fact, Newman’s terse, earthy improvisations with Charles that remain his most characteristic work. Newman began a productive relationship with HighNote Records at the close of the 1990s, releasing an impressive series of albums, including Chillin’ (1999), Keep the Spirits Singing (2001), Davey Blue (2001), The Gift (2003), Song for the New Man (2004), I Remember Brother Ray (a moving tribute to Ray Charles released in 2005), Cityscape (2006), and Life (2007). Diamondhead followed in 2008. Newman passed on January 20, 2009, from pancreatic cancer.
By Chris Kelsey, All Music Guide.
Veteran saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman shows off his versatility on this pleasing soul-jazz date. He plays tenor on four selections and flute on two others, and switches to soprano and alto for one song apiece. Whether swinging on alto during the cooking blues “Little Sonny’s Tune,” interpreting “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” with a great deal of emotion, or sounding soulful on some newer material, Newman is in excellent form throughout the set. Vibraphonist Bryan Carrott (who deserves to be much better known) and pianist John Hicks also have plenty of fine solos. Overall, this CD finds Fathead in prime form, and it is easily recommended to fans of his straight-ahead dates.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
David “Fathead” Newman- Flute, Alto, Soprano & Tenor Sax
John Hicks- Piano
Bryan Carrott- Vibraphone
Winard Harper- Drums
Buster Williams- Bass
01. Gift (5:45)
02. Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying (7:15)
03. Off the Hook (5:14)
04. Unspeakable Times (6:23)
05. Little Sonny’s Tune (3:55)
06. Lady Day (6:15)
07. Unchain My Heart (5:38)
08. Ksue (8:36)

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David "FATHEAD" NEWMAN – Chillin' 1999

Posted in David "Fathead" NEWMAN, JAZZ on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

David “FATHEAD” NEWMAN – Chillin’ 1999


Opening with Ellington’s “Take the Coltrane,” David “Fathead” Newman’s late-1999 Chillin’ brims with his band’s talents and his own pressed, soulful tone. Newman shares geographical origins with fellow Texan saxophonists like James Clay, Booker Ervin, Illinois Jacquet, and Herschel Evans, with shades of each present in Chillin’. Also present, very frontally in the audio mix, is vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, who plays with a wealth of tone singing atop his mallet strikes. Pianist John Hicks, too, turns in a commanding, if subdued, performance, playing sweetly on “These Foolish Things” and very funkily on “The Whole Tzimmes.” Newman’s robust execution benefits from his overall melodic and dynamic sense, which clearly displays the influence of his longtime employer, Ray Charles. So it is that Newman wields his soprano and flute with no loss of this album’s core girth, which is at once Blue Note-era casual and brightly snazzy.
By Andrew Bartlett.
David “Fathead” Newman has recorded many albums through the years in a variety of contexts and on several instruments. This straight-ahead effort is pretty definitive of his jazz abilities, for it has Newman making four appearances on tenor, two on soprano, and one apiece on flute and alto. Accompanied by vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, pianist John Hicks, bassist Steve Novosel, and drummer Winard Harper, Newman digs into such songs as “Take the Coltrane,” “These Foolish Things,” and “Invitation.” Fathead’s son, Cadino Newman, takes a couple of fine boppish vocals on “Caravan” and “Red Top.” Highly recommended.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
David “Fathead” Newman- (Soprano, Alto & Tenor Sax, Flute);
Candino Newman- (Vocals);
Bryan Carrott- (Vibraphone);
John Hicks- (Piano);
Steve Novosel- (Bass);
Winard Harper- (Drums).
01. Take the Coltrane  5.51
02. Return to Paradise  5.51
03. The Whole Tzimmes  5.58
04. These Foolish Things  9.37
05. Invitation  5.32
06. Chillin’  6.34
07. Caravan  4.42
08. Red Top  4.26

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David "Fathead" NEWMAN – Scratch My Back 1978

Posted in David "Fathead" NEWMAN, JAZZ on November 15, 2010 by whoisthemonk

David “Fathead” NEWMAN – Scratch My Back 1978


Newman shares four co-writing credits here with Jay Fleecewood, a pseudonym for the album’s arranger/co-producer William Fischer. All four tunes are straight disco with the first three dominated by pointless vocals. None are memorable and Fathead never bothered with any of these again.
By Doug Payne.
Says doug payne but listen and be your own judge.
David “Fathead” Newman- Flute, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax
Deborah McGriff- Vocals
Flame Braithwaite- Vocals
Bessie Ruth Scott- Vocals
Tanyette- Vocals
Earl McIntyre- Trombone
Richard Tee- Keyboards
Kevin Toney- Keyboards
George Marge- Flute
Kenneth Harris- Flute
Jon Faddis- Trumpet
Randy Brecker- Trumpet
James Buffington- Horn
Cornell Dupree- Guitar
Eric Gale- Guitar
Wilbur Bascomb, Jr.- Bass
Ron Carter- Bass
Harvey Mason, Sr.- Drums
Bill Summers- Percussion
01. One Step At A Time
02. You Gotta Keep Gotta Keep Dancin’
03. Two Can Do It
04. Scratch My Back
05. Rock Me, Baby (Like My Back Ain’t No Bone)
06. After The Ball
07. The Buggs

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