DAVID "FATHEAD" NEWMAN

Soul Jazz / Post Bop • United States
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The personification of tasteful but expressive and bluesy sax playing, first backing Ray Charles and later as a solo artist.

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
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Fathead - Ray Charles Presents David Newman
Soul Jazz 1960
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Straight Ahead
Soul Jazz 1961
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Fathead Comes On
Soul Jazz 1962
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House Of David
Soul Jazz 1967
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Bigger & Better
Soul Jazz 1968
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The Many Facets Of David Newman
Soul Jazz 1969
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Captain Buckles
Soul Jazz 1971
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Lonely Avenue
Soul Jazz 1972
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The Weapon
Soul Jazz 1973
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Newmanism
Soul Jazz 1974
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Mr. Fathead
Soul Jazz 1976
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Front Money
Soul Jazz 1977
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Keep The Dream Alive
Soul Jazz 1978
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Concrete Jungle
Soul Jazz 1978
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Scratch My Back
Soul Jazz 1979
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Resurgence!
Soul Jazz 1981
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Still Hard Times
Soul Jazz 1982
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Heads Up
Soul Jazz 1987
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David "Fathead" Newman, Marchel Ivery And The Rein De Graaff Trio ‎: Blue Greens & Beans
Soul Jazz 1991
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Mr. Gentle Mr. Cool
Soul Jazz 1994
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Under A Woodstock Moon
Soul Jazz 1996
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Chillin'
Soul Jazz 1999
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Keep The Spirits Singing
Soul Jazz 2001
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Davey Blue
Soul Jazz 2002
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The Gift
Soul Jazz 2003
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Song For The New Man
Soul Jazz 2004
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I Remember Brother Ray
Soul Jazz 2005
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Cityscape
Soul Jazz 2006
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Life
Soul Jazz 2007
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Diamondhead
Post Bop 2008
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The Blessing
Soul Jazz 2009

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Fire! Live At The Village Vanguard
Soul Jazz 1989
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David "Fathead" Newman, Ellis Marsalis, Cornell Dupree : Return To The Wide Open Spaces
Soul Jazz 1990
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David "Fathead" Newman Plus Clifford Jordan ‎: Blue Head
Soul Jazz 1990

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Lone Star Legend: Still Hard Times / Resurgence!
Soul Jazz 1997
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It's 'mister' Fathead
Soul Jazz 1997
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David Newman Fathead
Soul Jazz 2016

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DAVID "FATHEAD" NEWMAN Captain Buckles

Album · 1971 · Soul Jazz
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In the early 70s, soul jazz artists began picking up on the new funk styles of James Brown and Sly Stone, subsequently their music started moving closer to what was happening in the fusion scene. At this point in jazz history, the difference between soul jazz and fusion is not that great. Likewise, both genres were also picking up on the increased interest in musical styles from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1971, soul jazz stalwart, David Newman, gave his reputation a boost when he took on some of the new modern influences of the times and released “Captain Buckles”, which featured hard driving funk as well as some Latin and Calypso rhythms too. More of an RnB artist than a jazz artist, still, Newman’s intense sax solos are held in high esteem by any jazz fan.

Side one of “Captain Buckles” opens with the energetic funk of the title cut, which is powered by drummer Bernard Purdie, possibly one of the most imitated and sampled drummers from the 70s, and he is also one of the main reasons why this album is so good. The rest of this side is taken with the aforementioned Calypso and Latin numbers, plus an obligatory reading of the Beatles’ “Something”. Even in the early 70s, soul jazz artists were still apt to include one possible radio hit on their album. Side two opens with the raging hard bop of “The Clincher”, which includes one of Newman’s best solos on the album. David follows that with a ballad reading of “I Didn’t Know What Time it Was”, which is a much better slow jam than the previous Beatles clunker. The ultra-funky “Negus” closes the album and features guitarist Eric Gales’ best solo. Overall “Captain Buckles” is one of David Newman’s better albums, and is mostly devoid of the sort of corniness that sometimes mars soul jazz albums.

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