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The overflowing crowd of friends and fans filling the sanctuary of St. Peter's Church (Mar. 9th) for the memorial of David "Fathead" Newman
David
David "Fathead" Newman
1933 - 2009
sax, tenor
was as grand a testament to the late saxophonist/flutist's humanity as the diverse roster of musicians performing in his honor was to the greatness of his artistry. Beginning with Dr. John's stirring solo piano/vocal rendition of "My Buddy," an impressive lineup of players and singers held forth for more than two hours. Many of them—like the vocalist Nancy Reed, with Randy Brecker
Randy Brecker
Randy Brecker
b.1945
trumpet
on trumpet, who sang a beautiful "Nature Boy" (a song that came to be associated with Newman after he recorded it following his move to Woodstock)—were joined by members of Newman's last working band of David Leonhardt (piano), John Menegon (bass), Yoron Israel (drums) and Bryan Carrott (vibes). Newman's fellow Texans Cedar Walton
Cedar Walton
Cedar Walton
1934 - 2013
piano
, playing his "Holy Land" with a quartet that included Israel, Javon Jackson and David Williams, and Cynthia Scott, who delivered a swinging "Our Love Is Here To Stay," followed. Other highlights of the evening came from saxophonists Frank Wess
Frank Wess
Frank Wess
1922 - 2013
sax, tenor
, Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
and Lou Donaldson
Lou Donaldson
Lou Donaldson
b.1926
saxophone
, but by far the most momentous musical offering was Newman's Ray Charles partner Marcus Belgrave playing "Hard Times," the song Fathead made famous, with David Sanborn and Howard Johnson in the frontline, equaled in emotion only by an excerpt from David Ritz' documentary film aka Fathead. —Russ Musto

Curtis Fuller
Curtis Fuller
Curtis Fuller
b.1934
trombone

Curtis Fuller

Creole

New York City

March 6, 2009

With its weekly Jazz Legacy Series, the restaurant Creole has been regularly bringing world-class jazz to the community alternately known by its inhabitants as "El Barrio" or Upper Yorkville (depending on the length of their residency and the cost of their rent). The presence of NEA Jazz Master Curtis Fuller

Curtis Fuller
Curtis Fuller
b.1934
trombone
at this attractively appointed enterprise with a classic neighborhood vibe further established the room's growing importance as an uptown destination for swinging sounds. Leading a brassy quintet of Jim Rotondi
Jim Rotondi
Jim Rotondi

trumpet
and Don Sickler
Don Sickler
Don Sickler
b.1944
on trumpets and flugelhorns in the frontline and a strong rhythm section driven by former Dizzy Gillespie drummer Charlie Persip
Charlie Persip
Charlie Persip
b.1929
drums
with Cecilia Coleman on piano and Ameen Saleem on bass, Fuller exhibited his lush burnished tone and still impressive technique on a program of mostly his originals, artfully assembled by music director Sickler. The second set on Friday night (Mar. 6th) began as something of a tribute to the recently departed trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008
trumpet
, with the quintet (particularly Rotondi) blowing hard on Fuller's "Arabia" and sensitively on the late great hornman's waltzing "Up Jumped Spring". On "The Court," one of the more obscure Fuller compositions that rounded out the set, the trombonist used the microphone to coax a remarkable variety of tones from his horn. His famous soulfulness was in full view on "Mister L," but it was the imaginative calypso closer "Captain Kidd," that really got the audience moving. (RM)

—Russ Musto

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—David Adler NY@Night Columnist, AllAboutJazz.com



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* NOMO—Invisible Cities (Ubiquity)

* Hal Schaefer—How Do You Like This Piano Playing? (Summit)

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—Andrey Henkin Editorial Director, AllAboutJazz-New York

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