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Tribute to David “Fathead” Newman

The jazz community and music world has lost two very influential musicians to health related problems. Recently jazz trumpet great Freddie Hubbard moved on and now the legendary saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman. For those of you that have followed the career of Ray Charles you should be acquainted with the warm timbre of Mr. Newman’s sweet tenor sound. In the meantime, we decided to take a moment and pay homage/celebrate with three stellar recordings on Highnote Records plus one swinging live set via YouTube by to this incredible sax master. My, my my David “Fathead” Newman will be sorely missed, but his music surely lives on. Blessing to the Newman family, friends and his peers during they’re time of bereavement.

David "Fathead" Newman

David "Fathead" Newman

David Fathead Newman | Diamondhead [Jazz/Highnote Records/2008]

Diamondhead is David “Fathead” Newman’s seventh album in as many years for High Note. It was issued a few weeks short of his 75th birthday with his longtime collaborator and friend Houston Person as co-producer. The band assembled for this date is made up of longtime associates of the reedman; most of whom have actually appeared on his High Note releases. Fellow Texas native Cedar Walton is in the piano chair (virtually the same age, the pair attended the same high school but didn’t play together until the ’60s), and legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller is on the other horn — he has known Newman and played with him since the ’80s, as has bassist Peter Washington. Drummer Yoron Israel was instrumental in creating the great depth and breadth of Life, the last Newman offering on the label. ~ Source: Amazon.com/Steven Jay

David "Fathead" Newman

David "Fathead" Newman

David “Fathead” Newman | Life [Jazz/Highnote Records/2007]

Love this man’s music ever since “Newmanism” which I discovered on re-release I have had to have more. “Life” does it for me, Jazz Sax 101, not that sleepy elevator music. Music, a music lover can feel as well as hear. The kind of music that makes one tap the feet. Oh yes!

Mr. Newman on sax, and flute, Mr. David Leonhardt piano, Mr. Steve Nelson vibes, and Mr. John Menegon bass, just to name a few. A cool refreshing sonud that goes with any mood. If you are a true Jazz fan give Mr. Newman a listen, I do believe this CD will earn your stamp of approval.

~ Source: Amazon.com/Book and Music Lover

David "Fathead" Newman

David "Fathead" Newman

David “Fathead” Newman | The Gift [Jazz/Highnote Records/2003]

Mr. 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, Mr. 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 Mr. 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. ~ Source: Amazon.com/Rob Watkins

Video featuring – Papa John DeFrancesco Trio & David “Fathead” Newman