David "Fathead" Newman

Concrete Jungle

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A versatile performer, David "Fathead" Newman has appeared through the years in both straight-ahead and commercial settings. This LP (whose contents have been partly reissued on Newman's Back to Basics CD) is definitely in the latter category. Newman, who splits his time here almost equally between alto, soprano, tenor and flute, is accompanied by an electronic rhythm section including keyboardist Pat Rebillot and guitarist Jay Graydon and a string orchestra arranged by William Fischer. The songs range from tunes written by McCoy Tyner and Buddy Johnson ("Save Your Love for Me") to Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye. The net result unfortunately can be summed up as "a whole lot of nothing." The music was instantly dated, overproduced, and not up to Newman's usual level.

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