January 23, 2009
REQUIEM FOR FATHEAD
Most folks have never heard the name, David "Fathead" Newman. He died today at age 75.
A young black boy from
The intro to "The Night Time" is memorable, maybe haunting, along with his solos on "Unchain My Heart" and "Hallelujah I Love Her So. " His wailing musical metaphors seem to cling to one's mind.
In Jazz World he did a lot of good stuff (I personally rank him above Coltrane), but his trademark tunes came from his association with the Doctor, Ray Charles.
Much like Margie Hendricks, the gut-busting Raylette, Fathead was an integral part of the musical fabric of Ray Charles, a magical collaboration that defined an era of excellence.
If you have never heard any of the tunes mentioned above, this don't mean nothin'. Ya' kinda' had to be there. . .