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Newman, David "Fathead" / Blessing, The
Album:Blessing, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Newman, David "Fathead" Added:06/2009
Label:Highnote 

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Add Date:2009-07-26 Pull Date:2009-09-27 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:27 Sep13 Sep6 Sep30 Aug23 Aug16 Aug9 Aug2 Aug
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2009-07-19 
DAVID “FATHEAD” NEWMAN: The Blessing
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