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David Fathead Newman: Four Classic Albums (Ray Charles Presents David Newman / The Sound Of Wide Open Spaces / Straight Ahead / Fathead Comes On) (2CD)

David Fathead Newman: Four Classic Albums (Ray Charles Presents David Newman / The Sound Of Wide Open Spaces / Straight Ahead / Fathead Comes On) (2CD)

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AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from David “Fathead” Newman, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details
“Ray Charles Presents David Newman”; “The Sound of Wide Open Spaces” (with James Clay); “Straight Ahead” and “Fathead Comes On”.
It feels like AVID Jazz are moving into the modern era with our latest release by David “Fathead” Newman. Don’t let the nickname fool you, it was given to him while messing about at school and stuck ever since! He was a great jazz musician with a beautiful bluesy tone. Newman began his musical career primarily as a sideman in rhythm and blues bands in the 1950’s. His playing style comes from the Texas tenor school of big bluesy toned blowing similar to Don Wilkerson (AMSC 1285 Classic Tenors). It was when Wilkerson left the Lowell Fulson band in which Newman was playing baritone sax, that he took up the tenor. Newman also met his long-time friend and major collaborator Ray Charles (AMSC798, 1233 and 1276) in 1951 while the two men were playing with Fulson. David Newman’s solos can be heard all over the work of Ray Charles during the 1950s and early 1960s, in fact he became crucial to the Ray Charles sound. Although maybe not as innovative a player as some others, our four selections show off the fabulous blues rich sound of the Newman tenor. He can be heard with many great names from the era including Ray Charles himself on piano, James Clay, Hank Crawford, Marcus Belgrave, Milton Turner, Wynton Kelly, Arthur Taylor, Paul Chambers and Charlie Persip.

1-8: ‘Ray Charles Presents David Newman’
1. Hard Times
2. Weird Beard
3. Willow Weep For Me
4. Bill For Bennie
5. Sweet Eyes
6. Fathead
7. Mean To Me
8. Tin Tin Deo
9-13: ‘The Sound Of Wide Open Spaces’
9. Wide Open Spaces
10. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
11. Some Kinda Mean
12. What’s New?
13. Figger-Ration

1-6: ‘Straight Ahead’
1. Batista’s Groove
2. Skylark
3. Night Of Nisan
4. Cousin Slim
5. Summertime
6. Conga Chant
7-13: ‘Fathead Comes On’
7. Unchain My Heart
8. Cellar Groove
9. Alto Sauce
10. Hello There
11. Scufflin’
12. Esther’s Melody
13. Lady Day

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