The Sound of the Wide Open Spaces & Straight Ahead (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • Riverside RLP 12-327
    Riverside RLP 12-327
  • Atlantic SD1366
    Atlantic SD1366
  • James Clay
    James Clay
  • David 'Fathead' Newman
    David 'Fathead' Newman

David Fathead Newman

The Sound of the Wide Open Spaces & Straight Ahead (2 LP on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

David Fathead Newman, James Clay (ts), Wynton Kelly (p), Sam Jones, Paul Chambers (b), Art Taylor, Charles Persip (d)

Reference: FSRCD 612

Bar code: 8427328606127


David Fathead Newman was best known for his long association with Ray Charles, but there was much more to him, as this succinct and panoramic coverage of his talents as a jazzman reveals. His bright, buoyant tenor, despite the apparent Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane influences, has moments of humor and timbre that suggest Lockjaw Davis.

The first album The Sound of the Wide Open Spaces!, introduces a quintet with Newman and fellow Texan James Clay, both on tenor, swinging hard, generating a tremendous amount of excitement and emotional involvement, with Clay adding his rich, sensitive touch on flute.

The second album, Straight Ahead, features a quartet showcasing Newman not only on tenor, but also on alto and flute, with the alto performances firm and convincing and the flute outings equally persuasive. Pianist Wynton Kellys role is a key one, amounting at times to a virtual duet with Newman. In fact, the accompaniment in both dates is impressive, as would be expected from such major league players as Kelly, bassists Paul Chambers and Sam Jones, and drummers Charlie Persip and Art Taylor, who offer impeccable drive, ideas and energy throughout.

01. Wide Open Spaces
02. They Cant Take That Away from Me
03. Some Kinda Mean
04. Whats New?
05. Figger-rations
06. Batistas Groove
07. Skylark
08. Night of Nisan
09. Cousin Slim
10. Summertime
11. Congo Chant

Album details

Tracks #1-5, from the Riverside album "The Sound of the Wide Open Spaces!" (RLP 1178)
Tracks #6-11, from the Atlantic album "Straight Ahead" (SD 1366)

Personnel on "The Sound of the Wide Open Spaces!":
David Newman (ts), James Clay (ts, fl on #4), Wynton Kelly (p), Sam Jones (b), Art Taylor (d).
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York, on April 26, 1960

Personnel on "Straight Ahead":
David Newman (ts on #6 & 9, as on #7 & 11, fl on #8 & 10), Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b), Charlie Persip (d).
Recorded in New York, on December 21, 1960

Original sessions supervised by Jualian 'Cannonball' Addderley / Nesuhi Ertegun, and engineered by Jack Higgins / Tom Dowd.

Produced for CD reissue by Jordi Pujol
© 2022 by Fresh Sound Records

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

9,95 €  (tax incl.)

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