Two great tenor sax players are brought together on this compact disc. Eddie Harris displays his impressive and diversified chops on instruments such as reed trumpet, electric sax, and electric piano, and he also contributes fine vocals. David "Fathead" Newman recorded with many of the jazz and R&B greats of all time, including Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. Guitarist Eric Gale contributes on the track "For Sylvia."
/David "Fathead" Newman.
2 LPs on 1 CD: Eddie Harris: I NEED SOME MONEY (1974)/David "Fathead" Newman: BIGGER & BETTER (1968).
Includes liner notes by B. Kim Taylor.
I NEED SOME MONEY:
Personnel: Eddie Harris (vocals, acoustic & electric saxophones, reed trumpet, acoustic & electric pianos, organ, electric bass); Frederick Walker (vocals, African whistle, congas, timbales, tablas, talking drum, barrel drum); Ronald Muldrow (guitar, guitorgan, cabasa); Rufus Reid (acoustic & 6-string basses); Bradley Bobo (6-string bass); Calvin Barnes (drums, scraper, quica, percussion).
Producer: Geoffrey Haslam.
Originally released on Atlantic (1669).
BIGGER & BETTER:
Personnel: David "Fathead" Newman (alto & tenor saxophones, flute); Seldon Powell (tenor saxophone); Haywood Henry, Jerome Richardson (baritone saxophone); Joe Newman, Melvin Lastie, Jimmy Owens (trumpet); Bennie Powell (trombone); Gene Orloff, Emanuel Green, Leo Kruczek, Winston Collymore, Richard Elias, Matthew Raimondi, Leo Kahn (violin); Stewart Clarke, Alfred Brown (viola); Kermit Moore (cello); William Butler, Eric Gale (guitar); Richard Davis (acoustic bass); Charles Rainey (electric bass); Bernard Purdie (drums).
Producer: Joel Dorn.
Originally released on Atlantic (1505).
Personnel: Eddie Harris (vocals, saxophone, electric saxophone, piano, electric piano, organ, bass guitar); Eric Gale , Bradley Bobo, Ronald Muldrow (guitar); Winston Collymore, Leo Kruczek, Richard Elias, Leo Kahn, Matthew Raimondi, Gene Orloff, Emanuel Green (violin); Alfred Brown , Selwart Clarke (viola); Kermit Moore (cello); David "Fathead" Newman (flute, tenor saxophone, trumpet); Seldon Powell (tenor saxophone); Haywood Henry, Jerome Richardson (baritone saxophone); Jimmy Owens, Melvin Lastie (trumpet); Rufus Reid (upright bass, 6-string bass); Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Calvin Barnes (drums).
This budget two-fer from the Jazz Collectables label teams up a pair of separate Atlantic recordings from tenor saxophonists Eddie Harris and David "Fathead" Newman. On the 1974 release I Need Some Money, Harris adopts a pre-disco electric sound featuring his vocals on all cuts in an attempt to win over the youth market of the time. The same can be said of Newman's 1968 recording Bigger & Better featuring strings and cover versions of two Beatles songs; it also wasn't one of his strongest dates. Optional to aficionados but not a good place to start with either of these tenor legends. ~ Al Campbell