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Fathead Ray Charles Presents David Newman

David "Fathead" Newman

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The talented David Newman, who alternates on this album between tenor and alto, made his debut as a leader at this session. Since he was in Ray Charles' band at the time, Newman was able to use Charles on piano along with Hank Crawford (here called "Bennie Crawford") on baritone, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, bassist Edgar Willis, and drummer Milt Turner. The music is essentially soulful bebop, with the highlights including "Hard Times," "Fathead," "Mean to Me," and "Tin Tin Deo." Everyone plays well and this was a fine start to David "Fathead" Newman's career. This historic set was issued on CD by Collectables in 2005.

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Fathead Ray Charles Presents David Newman

It's frightening when you think of all the other hot albums like this that you may have missed, weren't ready for or simply didn't know about. Every number is a keeper. I've left it on my Nano since first purchased, never get tired of it and continue to seek songs to go with it. Big fun!

Fathead. Ray Charles Presents David Newman

Good to see this under-rated reed man blowing up a storm! This disc swings, with a capital S.


WOW!!!!! This is some good stuff. Timeless and I found it by luck.


Born: February 24, 1933 in Corsicana, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Nov 05, 1958

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