Friday, January 23, 2009

One More For The Road

I was sadden to read that jazz saxophonist David (Fathead) Newman died last Tuesday at age seventy-five. You may not recognize his name but if you are a Ray Charles fan you've heard him playing his sax on such Ray Charles recordings as Night Time Is (The Right Time), I've Got A Woman, Lonely Avenue, and What'd I Say:

Although I've always enjoyed David Newman's solos on the Ray Charles recordings, I fell in love with his sound when I first heard his version of One For My Baby (And One More For The Road), with its melancholy, easy going style. Give a listen and see if you don't feel the same way:

David (Fathead) Newman

LA TIMES obituary here.

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