220

David "Fathead" Newman: Life

By

Sign in to view read count
David "Fathead" Newman: Life Even after decades in the music business, it's clear that David "Fathead Newman still has many, many notes left to play. Toward that end Life is a handful of chestnuts on which he displays his formidable triple-threat skills on tenor sax, alto sax and flute.

Newman's sultry tenor on "Girl Talk speaks volumes with his smooth and subtle phrasing, blowing masterfully with excellent accompaniment from vibraphonist Steve Nelson and guitarist Peter Bernstein. "Alfie has a simple yet evocative soulfulness and the shift to a waltz tempo in the middle, with solos by Nelson and Bernstein, gives the tune a pleasing new depth. Newman's tenor on "Come Sunday sounds like a blend of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young and the atmosphere of the rhythm section, featuring pianist David Leonhardt, bassist John Menegon and drummer Yoron Israel, sounds like church services held at last call. And the group's intriguing tempo manipulations gives "Naima a wonderful new personality.

Charlie Parker's influence on generations of musicians is a never ending story. Newman's alto brilliantly recalls Parker's singular tone on "Old Folks and "Autumn In New York, a pair of standards that Bird stamped indelibly with his own harmonic seal. The execution, however, is pure Newman. He picks up the flute for a few tunes as well, playing with a melodic dexterity on the title cut (the album is a tribute to the late pianist John Hicks), "I Can't Get Started and "What A Wonderful World. Newman's intelligence and experience are evident throughout Life, an album which exemplifies a relaxed and timeless excellence.


Track Listing: Girl Talk; Life; Alfie; I Can't Get Started; Old Folks; Autumn in New York; Come Sunday; What A Wonderful World; Naima.

Personnel: David "Fathead" Newman: tenor sax, alto sax, flute; Steve Nelson: vibes; David Leonhardt: piano; Peter Bernstein: guitar; John Menegon: bass; Yoron Israel: drums.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: HighNote Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "The Great Jazz Gig In The Sky" CD/LP/Track Review The Great Jazz Gig In The Sky
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 8, 2016
Read "Tales From A Forbidden Land" CD/LP/Track Review Tales From A Forbidden Land
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 1, 2017
Read "June" CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Ever Up & Onward" CD/LP/Track Review Ever Up & Onward
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 24, 2016
Read "Blooming Tall Phlox" CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "End Of Seas" CD/LP/Track Review End Of Seas
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!