DAVID NEWMAN – Ray Charles Presents Fathead [vinyl]
Speakers Corner/Atlantic SD1304 (180g vinyl)
With Charles’ name in the title, there can be no higher endorsement for this jazz – mainly bebop – gem. I’m a huge fan of Atlantic’s 1950s recordings, and tenor and alto saxophonist Newman’s solo debut from 1958 exudes the open, airy and warm atmosphere which each Speakers Corner release reminds me is worthy of Capitol or Mercury. Charles provides piano, the rest of the group including Marcus Belgrave (trumpet), Hank Crawford (baritone sax), Edgar Willis (bass) and Milt Turner (drums). It swings like Basie, at times suggesting a far bigger band, and the version of ‘Willow Weep For Me’ is – like the other cuts – perfect for Sunday morning chilling-out.
Specification: DAVID NEWMAN – Ray Charles Presents Fathead [vinyl]