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Newman, David "Fathead" / Blessing, The
Album:Blessing, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Newman, David "Fathead" Added:Jun 2009

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-07-26 Pull Date:2009-09-27 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Sep 27Sep 13Sep 6Aug 30Aug 23Aug 16Aug 9Aug 2

 Recent Airplay
1.Aug 02, 2010:lunch special
The Blessing
4.Sep 11, 2009:No Cover, No Minimum
2.Sep 29, 2009:Memory Select [new Tuesday time!]
5.Sep 09, 2009:Subbing - A Surprise Awaits You
3.Sep 20, 2009:Transmission Overload
Romantic Night
6.Sep 06, 2009:Transmission Overload
Whispers Of Contentment

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-07-19 
HighNote, 2009

STRAIGHTAHEAD JAZZ – Newman’s final recording, made just weeks before he died of pancreatic cancer at age 75. He sticks mainly to ballads, where he always excelled in later years, and whatever is missing in terms of sax vigor is more than made up in Newman’s pure, flawless and deeply personal expression. It’s a fine farewell.

* * * | Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8

1. 6:21 – easygoing blues, taken a bit slow with understated solos
2. 5:44 – so soft and sweet: slow, achingly tender and romantic
3. 4:52 – warm & romantic, glides along lightly, sticks close to melody
4. 5:24 – bossa nova classic, steps lightly at a steady tempo
5. 6:30 – slow but warm & upbeat, like a musical hug
6. 7:28 – bluesy midtempo creep: nice round of relaxed solos
7. 5:57 – tender sax moan, delicate vibraphone
8. 5:21 – subdued, introspective, and calmly optimistic
9. 7:07 – Newman on flute, sweet soulful march, taking the road home

[ Fo ] 07/19/09

Track Listing
1.S.K.J. 5.Smile
2.Someone To Watch Over Me 6.Romantic Night
3.As Time Goes By 7.Chelsea Bridge
4.Manha De Carnival 8.Whispers Of Contentment
 9.The Blessing