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David "Fathead" Newman: The Blessing

Read "The Blessing" reviewed by Andrew Velez

What an apt name The Blessing is for David Newman's final recording before his death ended a long career last January (2009). He played for more than a decade with Ray Charles and alongside Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin and Roy Ayers, among many others. For this last studio session he was in fine form. A Milt ...


The Blessing: All Is Yes

Read "All Is Yes" reviewed by Frederick Bernas

One of the most sideways-thinking groups on the vibrant UK jazz scene, The Blessing are rapidly expanding outwards from their Bristol home. Signed on a three-album deal to Candid Records, the band has just completed a successful UK tour to promote the first in the series, All Is Yes.

The title fits. It's evident that a ...