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It's Mister Fathead

David "Fathead" NewmanAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: 32 Jazz
  • ASIN: B000006C5F
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hard Times
2. Weird Beard
3. Willow Weep For Me
4. Bill For Bennie
5. Sweet Eyes
6. Fathead
7. Mean To Me
8. Tin Tin Deo
9. Batista's Groove
10. Skylark
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Unchain My Heart
2. Cellar Groove
3. Alto Sauce
4. Hello There
5. Scufflin'
6. Esther's Melody
7. Lady Day
8. I Wish You Love
9. One Room Paradise
10. Little Sister
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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5.0 out of 5 stars The platonic ideal ? December 26, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Plato's notion was that objects in the real world are but imperfect reflections of ideal objects that exist in a perfect world. Sometimes one of the objects in our world is so close to the ideal that you can't tell the difference. This is one of those times.
During the fifties, when Ray Charles was touring with his hits like "What'd I Say", "Talking About You", etc., he thought that his band, and his tenor man, David Newman, were so strong that they needed to record a straight ahead jazz album. That album was released as "Ray Charles Presents David Newman", and is one of the four albums include in this 2 CD set. This is the album I'm reviewing.
What is extraordinary about this band is the ensemble sound. This was Ray Charles' band, playing to Ray Charles' audience. There was no jive here, no academia, no experiments, no wanna be's. This music is as close to the bone as it gets, and, at the same time, it is completely original. These players were all absolute masters, and they were playing music the likes of which had never been played before. It is so perfect it seems timeless.
The lineup was trumpet, tenor and baritone sax, and a rhythm section of piano, bass, and drums. Six men. The charts are extraordinary, written by Bennie 'Hank' Crawford. I read recently that Quincy Jones also had a hand in. Particularly, check out the cut "Sweet Eyes", an original by Crawford. This small band sounds as powerful as the Maynard Ferguson big band, they hit very hard and the drive is relentless. I think "Sweet Eyes" is the one of the best small band charts ever written. The Platonic ideal.
Regardless of how good a band is, it's the soloist's job to take it to another level.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Having At Any Price January 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This 2 CD set is priceless music. There are 4 original LPs included: "Fathead/Ray Charles Presents David Newman", "Straight Ahead", "Fathead Comes On", "House of David". This series was produced by the genius of Joel Dorn.

Newman's artistry is as brilliant as it is fine for each song flows into the next as if threads to a tapestry. Sweet and soulful, the passion that is in Newman's music is highly infectious. When this treasure is gone, it will be as hard to find as a needle in a haystack. Connoisseurs will never part with this fine masterpiece collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!!! October 15, 2004
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
Great 4Lp set on 2 cd very hard to find now. Highly recommend!!!
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