The Blessing

The Blessing

by David "Fathead" Newman


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The Blessing

David "Fathead" Newman's final recording session took place just a few weeks before his death from pancreatic cancer. Although he obviously doesn't exhibit the power heard on his earlier recordings, like Charlie Rouse and Stan Getz before him (fellow cancer victims who recorded not long prior to their deaths), Newman more than holds his own throughout the date, joined by vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist David Leonhart, guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist John Menegon, and drummer Yoron Israel. In the opener, Milt Jackson's tasty blues "SKJ," Newman takes a soft-spoken approach that follows the old adage that less is often more. His lush take of "As Time Goes By" features Nelson first, then his heartfelt vibrato at the end of each line adds a sentimental air. The fresh, exotic approach to Charlie Chaplin's tearjerker ballad "Smile" has the flavor of a tropical island paradise. "Chelsea Bridge" seems all but owned by the late tenor giant Ben Webster, so Newman simultaneously salutes his predecessor while putting a bit of his own touch to it. The final track, "The Blessing," an original by the leader, is a funky feature for his flute, with just a touch of gospel. Newman benefited from frequent recording opportunities with HighNote during his last years, and he went on top with this fine effort.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
Label: Highnote
UPC: 0632375719524
catalogNumber: 7195

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David "Fathead" Newman   Primary Artist,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Nelson   Vibes
David Leonhardt   Piano
Peter Bernstein   Guitar
Yoron Israel   Drums
John Menegon   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Luiz Bonfá   Composer
Houston Person   Producer,Audio Production
David Leonhardt   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
M. Jackson   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
David "Fathead" Newman   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
R. Andrew Lepley   Cover Photo
A. Araujo De Moraes   Composer
Ray Osnato   Liner Notes
A. De Moraes   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
J. Phillips   Composer
G. Weiss   Composer
D. Newman   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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