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Dave Newman - Fathead Comes On (1961) [2012 Japan]

Jazz, Blues, Japan Editions | Author: vicor 61 | 16-11-2016, 12:08
Dave Newman - Fathead Comes On (1961) [2012 Japan]
Artist: Dave Newman
Title Of Album: Fathead Comes On [Japan 24bit Remaster]
Year Of Release: 2012 (1961)
Label (Catalog#): Warner Japan [WPCR-27176]
Country: USA
Genre: Jazz / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz / Jazz Blues
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 33:06
Full Size: 418 MB

Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. Early work from David Fathead Newman – so early, the cover has him listed as "Dave" on the front! The album steps nicely off Newman's early work with Ray Charles – and does plenty to establish him as a leader on his own – putting Newman's bold, soulful tenor right upfront in the mix – and backing him with small combo players who include Marcus Belgrave on trumpet, Norris Austin on piano, and Hank Crawford on a bit of piano! There's a deep undercurrent that's mighty nice – almost a rootsier quality than on other Newman albums – and titles include "Cellar Groove", "Hello There", "Alto Sauce", and "Scufflin'".
This 1961 David "Fathead" Newman album picks up where 1961's STRAIGHT AHEAD left off. However, this release is slightly less bebop-oriented. Instead, Newman blends together hard bop with his own R&B roots. (He was a key member of Ray Charles's band for many years.)
FATHEAD COMES ON is a very bluesy album, but also contains its share of tricky melodies and ambitious arrangements. Highlights include "Unchain My Heart," which is the funkiest tune on the disc, and "Cellar-Groove," which begins with a clever train rhythm; here the locomotive sound is simulated by the repetitive hi-hat work of Charlie Persip and the boogie-woogie playing of pianist Norris Austin. The disc ends with "Lady Day," a tribute to Billie Holiday, which is, not surprisingly, a somber ballad. Hard-bop records from this era typically lean on the influence of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, but FATHEAD COMES ON is a statement unto itself, and therefore, a very compelling listen.


01 - Unchain My Heart
02 - Cellar Groove
03 - Alto Sauce
04 - Hello There
05 - Scufflin'
06 - Esther's Melody
07 - Lady Day

Dave "Fathead" Newman - tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, flute
Marcus Belgrave - trumpet
Norris Austin, Hank Crawford - piano
Jimmy Jefferson, Edgar Willis - bass
Charlie Persip, Bruno Carr - drums

Dave Newman - Fathead Comes On (1961) [2012 Japan]

Dave Newman - Fathead Comes On (1961) [2012 Japan]

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