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David “Fathead” Newman: Song for the New Man

Though he’s long since transcended his “Texas tenor” roots, David “Fathead” Newman’s records still manage to consistently convey that big, flavorful Lone Star sound: booming but never bombastic, well-done but not overdone.

For this latest outing, the multireed player has assembled just the kind of team to handle this wide range of standards and originals: The propulsive drops of veteran drummer Jimmy Cobb; the bouncy, almost trippy bass of Newman’s longtime sideman John Menegon; John Hicks’ subtle but authoritative piano breaks; and Curtis Fuller’s head-on trombone.

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