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David “Fathead” Newman: Cityscape

It’s interesting that I’m assigned to review this only a few days after finally seeing Ray, the treacly, made-up-in-Hollywood version of Ray Charles’ life. In the movie, a character named “Fathead” is essentially just a guy who shows up late for rehearsal and gets fined by Charles’ jerk of a business manager. In real life, David “Fathead” Newman was and is much more-a jazz and R&B tenorist par excellence, who’s lent his solo voice to the Charles band and recorded many notable albums over the course of a long, distinguished career.

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