In a career that has lasted six decades and counting, a few of David Newman's accomplishments include learning under Charlie Parker's mentor Buster Smith and playing with Ray Charles for over 10 years. Regardless of these credentials, Newman has made his biggest impact as a band leader and solo artist. Fire! Live At The Village Vanguard is Newman's greatest live work ever recorded. It includes a fantastic rendition of "Wide Open Spaces" that features guests Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax and Hank Crawford on alto sax. This album is a fantastic recording of Newman's straight-ahead jazz style in a live environment!
Personnel: David Newman (tenor saxophone, flute); Hank Crawford (alto saxophone); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Steve Nelson (vibraphone); Kirk Lightsey (piano); David Williams (bass); Marvin "Smitty" Smith (drums).
Recorded live at The Village Vanguard, New York on December 22-23, 1988. Includes liner notes by Bob Porter.
Personnel: David "Fathead" Newman (flute, tenor saxophone); David "Fathead" Newman ; Steve Nelson Quartet, Steve Nelson (vibraphone); David Williams (double bass); Hank Crawford (alto saxophone); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Kirk Lightsey (piano); Marvin "Smitty" Smith (drums).
Liner Note Author: Bob Porter.
Recording information: The Village Vanguard, New York, NY (12/22/1988-12/23/1988).
For this excellent all-around date, David "Fathead" Newman and a fine rhythm section (pianist Kirk Lightsey, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist David Williams and drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith) are joined by tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine on "Wide Open Spaces" (a tune that years earlier Newman had recorded with fellow tenor James Clay), altoist Hank Crawford on "Lonely Avenue" and both Turrentine and Crawford on two other songs. In addition, Newman takes "Filthy McNasty" as a flute feature and is showcased on the opening "Old Devil Moon." An enjoyable set of soulful, straight-ahead jazz. ~ Scott Yanow