David "Fathead" Newman

Chillin'

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David "Fathead" Newman has recorded many albums through the years in a variety of contexts and on several instruments. This straight-ahead effort is pretty definitive of his jazz abilities, for it has Newman making four appearances on tenor, two on soprano, and one apiece on flute and alto. Accompanied by vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, pianist John Hicks, bassist Steve Novosel, and drummer Winard Harper, Newman digs into such songs as "Take the Coltrane," "These Foolish Things," and "Invitation." Fathead's son, Cadino Newman, takes a couple of fine boppish vocals on "Caravan" and "Red Top." Highly recommended.

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