HCD 7036 (48:56)
from Jazz Times
By Willard Jenkins
For the past several seasons, David Newman has voiced the joys of country
living from the comfortable confines of his Woodstock-area home, which
has contributed new luster and mellow qualities to his work on saxophones
(dig the tenor tone on "These Foolish Things") and flutes. Standing
in the middle of a mountain stream, barefoot and coverall-ed on the CD
cover, all's seemingly right in Fathead's world. And that sense
of comfort and good vibes permeates this disc, whose title is quite apt.
Newman embraces this music with the seasoned improviser's special coupling
of swing and relaxation.
There is a level of communication reached when
bandleaders have the luxury of long-term work with familiars. Such
is the case with bassist Steve Novosel and virtuoso vibist Bryan Carrott.
HighNote house pianist John Hicks and drummer Winard Harper round out
the cast. There's nothing particularly chance-taking about this
date or these selections, which opens with Ellington's "Take the Coltrane"
and closes with the Chicago city blues anthem "Red Top." But then
the real challenge is to make consistently good music, engaging for both
the players at hand and ultimately for the listener—a goal that is achieved
here. Newman aslo introduces his pleasant-voiced vocalist-son Cadino
Newman on "Caravan" and the closing "Red Top" as a voice of promise.
of the TIMES
"Call him 'Fathead' if you want,
but some call David Newman a pioneer"
The Dallas Morning News
lean times for Fathead
"At 66, David Newman has a big sound
and plenty of work"
By Al Hunter Jr.
Daily News Staff Writer
plays it all
By David Lonke
Blade Pop Music Writer