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Sunday, January 29, 2023

David Fathead Newman • Diamondhead

 



Review
by Thom Jurek  
Diamondhead is David "Fathead" Newman's seventh album in as many years for High Note. It was issued a few weeks short of his 75th birthday with his longtime collaborator and friend Houston Person as co-producer. The band assembled for this date is made up of longtime associates of the reedman; most of whom have actually appeared on his High Note releases. Fellow Texas native Cedar Walton is in the piano chair (virtually the same age, the pair attended the same high school but didn't play together until the '60s), and legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller is on the other horn -- he has known Newman and played with him since the '80s, as has bassist Peter Washington. Drummer Yoron Israel was instrumental in creating the great depth and breadth of Life, the last Newman offering on the label. This outing is very different. It is a solid jazz date with some wonderful post-hard bop and soul-jazz touches here. Standout tunes on this set include a beautiful, elegant, deeply soulful reading of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," with excellent solo work from Newman on flute, alto, and tenor, and Walton on piano. The title track is one of the harder swinging, blues oriented tunes Newman has written in a while, and Fuller's solo is popping. Walton's fills and comps around Newman's tenor are killer. The deep groove is pure Texas rhythm and blues by way of Hank Mobley and Ray Charles. Newman does a wonderful job of weaving these various sources into a single tight-knit composition. Walton's "Cedar's Blues" features some truly fiery work from both Fuller and the pianist, and Israel's slippery breaks may be subtle but they add the funky backdrop necessary for Walton's knotty line to breathe. There is a beautiful reading of the Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer standard "Skylark," that contains more of Mercer's beautiful melody than not, and Newman's tone is at its richest and most expressive despite the slow tempo of the tune. Two other Newman compositions, "My Full House," and "Mama-Lou" are also steeped in gospel and blues. The former could have been played by the Charles band except for one thing: there is a beautiful little Latin trace in Israel's rhythmic pulse that adds texture and space to this, making this mid-tempo blues not only prime for honking, but also for dancing. Fuller's solo is deep as well. Uh-huh. The latter cut is a killer showcase for the Newman flute. Ever since he took it up in the '60s, he's been a monster on the thing, and the way he and Walton interplay on the melody on this blues is killer. Washington's bass here is stellar as it covers the middle ground for Walton to begin his fat two-handed chord counter to Newman's solo. When he eventually moves to the right hand, he's moving about the middle register and turns the melody inside out with some humor tossed in via some playing around with quoting the "Mexican Hat Dance," and in the next chorus going right to Duke Pearson and Ramsey Lewis. This is a stellar little quintet date and offers living proof that Walton, Fuller, and Newman show no signs of slowing down.
https://www.allmusic.com/album/diamondhead-mw0000585648

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Reseña
por Thom Jurek  
Diamondhead es el séptimo álbum de David "Fathead" Newman en otros tantos años para High Note. Fue publicado unas semanas antes de su 75 cumpleaños con su viejo colaborador y amigo Houston Person como co-productor. La banda reunida para esta fecha está formada por antiguos colaboradores del músico de la caña, la mayoría de los cuales han aparecido en sus discos para High Note. El también tejano Cedar Walton ocupa la silla del piano (prácticamente de la misma edad, los dos fueron al mismo instituto pero no tocaron juntos hasta los años 60), y el legendario trombonista Curtis Fuller está en la otra trompa: conoce a Newman y toca con él desde los años 80, al igual que el bajista Peter Washington. El batería Yoron Israel contribuyó decisivamente a crear la gran profundidad y amplitud de Life, el último trabajo de Newman en el sello. Este disco es muy diferente. Es una sólida cita con el jazz, con algunos toques maravillosos de post-hard bop y soul-jazz. Entre los temas más destacados de este disco se incluye una hermosa, elegante y conmovedora lectura de "New York State of Mind" de Billy Joel, con excelentes solos de Newman a la flauta, contralto y tenor, y de Walton al piano. La canción que da título al disco es uno de los temas más duros y orientados al blues que Newman ha escrito en mucho tiempo, y el solo de Fuller es impresionante. Los rellenos y compases de Walton alrededor del tenor de Newman son matadores. El groove profundo es puro rhythm and blues tejano a la manera de Hank Mobley y Ray Charles. Newman hace un trabajo maravilloso entretejiendo estas diversas fuentes en una única composición muy unida. El "Cedar's Blues" de Walton presenta un trabajo verdaderamente ardiente tanto de Fuller como del pianista, y los resbaladizos quiebros de Israel pueden ser sutiles pero añaden el fondo funky necesario para que la nudosa línea de Walton respire. Hay una hermosa lectura del estándar de Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer "Skylark", que contiene más de la hermosa melodía de Mercer que no, y el tono de Newman está en su punto más rico y expresivo a pesar del tempo lento de la melodía. Otras dos composiciones de Newman, "My Full House" y "Mama-Lou", también están impregnadas de gospel y blues. La primera podría haber sido tocada por la banda de Charles excepto por una cosa: hay un pequeño y hermoso trazo latino en el pulso rítmico de Israel que le añade textura y espacio, haciendo que este blues a medio tempo no sólo sea ideal para tocar la bocina, sino también para bailar. El solo de Fuller también es profundo. Ajá. El último corte es un gran escaparate para la flauta de Newman. Desde que empezó a tocarla en los 60, ha sido un monstruo con ella, y la forma en que él y Walton interactúan en la melodía de este blues es matadora. El bajo de Washington aquí es estelar, ya que cubre el terreno intermedio para que Walton comience su contundente contrapunto de acordes a dos manos al solo de Newman. Cuando finalmente pasa a la mano derecha, se mueve por el registro medio y le da la vuelta a la melodía con un poco de humor, citando el "Mexican Hat Dance" y en el siguiente estribillo yendo directamente a Duke Pearson y Ramsey Lewis. Esta es una cita estelar para el quinteto y una prueba viviente de que Walton, Fuller y Newman no muestran signos de desaceleración.
https://www.allmusic.com/album/diamondhead-mw0000585648


Philip Catherine Trio • Transparence

 



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VA • Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers Vol. 1

 

 

Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream with this 11-CD box set gathering all 11 volumes in the classic Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers series. It's packed with Eastern-tinged rock, pop, and folk from the hippie heyday of the late '60s and early '70s, as well as the more recent psychedelic revival. Featuring over 200 tracks from acts from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as India, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Australia, and elsewhere, it comes complete with an 84-page full-color booklet offering background info, detailed biographies, full discographies, and rare photos, making it a truly essential trip back to psychedelia's incense-shrouded golden age. Includes tracks by Ray Brown & Moonstone, Linn County, J. K. & Co., Omega Redstar, The Basement Wall, Abacus, Bröselmaschine, Gualbert, Darius, Blonde on Blonde, The Pretty Things, The Frederic, The Flames, July, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Fraternity of Man, The Misty Wizards, Ramases, C.O.B., Lord Sitar, The Vampires' Sound Incorporation, U.S. '69, Merrell Fankhauser & HMS Bounty, The Paper Garden, Meic Stevens, State of Micky & Tommy, The Ghost, Mandrake Memorial, 1st Century, People, Sagram, Bobby Callender, Mushroom's God, The Orient Express, Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera, Erkin Koray, Popol Vuh, Brainticket, Chocolate Watch Band, Big Jim Sullivan, Dr. Timothy Leary, The Mops, The Amboy Dukes, S.t. Mikael, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Saffron, Truth, United States of Existence, Train, The Third Rail, Hurdy Gurdy, The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band, Chim Kothari, Them, The Storybook, Krokodil, Mecki Mark Men, Stunt's Blue Leg Expedition, The Ugly Ducklings, Johnny Thompson Quintet, Moonkyte, Dantalian's Chariot, Nick Carter, The Twilights, The Folkswingers, Ananda Shankar, The New Tweedy Brothers, Wizz Jones, Kuni Kawachi & Flower Travellin' Band, Full Moon Band, A Little Bit of Sound, The Lemon Pipers, Mehrpoojah, Popera Cosmic, The Book of Am, Shocking Blue, The Poppy Family, Magic Carpet, Wendy Kasselman, Elyse Weinberg, Calendula, Montreal, Fit & Limo, Pentangle, Red Chair Fadeaway, Sheila Chandra, Sally Eaton, The Wyld Olde Souls, Kali Bahlu, Tomorrow, Shiny Gnomes, The Fox, The Cosmic Gardens, The Nova Local, Family, Joseph, Cheops, 3 Hür-El, Grail, Tømrerclaus, Paroni Paakkunainen, Magna Carta, Click, Catharsis, The Fallen Angels, Violeta de Outono, The David, Euclid, The Unspoken Word, Oriental Sunshine, Wolfgang Dauner Quintet, Bit 'a Sweet, Flower Travellin' Band, Tales of Justine, Saddhu Brand, Oregon, Lawson & 4 More, Pregnant Insomnia, The Mirage, Brand X, The Churchills, Bill Plummer & The Cosmic Brotherhood, Boeing Duveen & The Beautiful Soup, David Hemmings, Gates of Freedom, The Koala, Blossom Toes, 101 Strings, Greenwood, Curlee & Thompson, The Forum Quorum, Iron Butterfly, John Renbourn, Charlie & Esdor, The Living Room, The Seventh Seal, Balsara & His Singing Sitars, Humble Pie, Quintessence, Sri Atma, Apocalypse, No Strange, Gandalf, The Zodiac, The Surprise Symphony, Universe, Alex, The Dave Pike Set, Gábor Szabó, The Superfine Dandelion, The Hobbits, Chad & Jeremy, Pierrot Lunaire, J. A. Seazer, Galliard, Shawn Phillips, Brian Bennett, Sopwith Camel, Rick Hayward, The Honeydew, The Flower Pot, The Sugar Shoppe, Doug McArthur, Rebecca and the Sunny Brook Farmers, William Truckaway, The Ceyleib People, Twinn Connexion, The Free Spirits, The World of Oz, The Virgin Sleep, Tony Scott, Chris Thompson, Volker Kriegel, Indo-British Ensemble, Raw, The Panbers, The Whatt Four, Zoot Money, The Morgans, The Lewis and Clarke Expedition, Gordon Jackson, Friend & Lover, Sagittarius, and Blue Cheer
https://www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/va-electric-psychedelic-sitar-headswirlers-volumes-1-11-11cd-box/RUBBOX.006CD.html

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Desconecta tu mente, relájate y flota río abajo con esta caja de 11 CDs que reúne los 11 volúmenes de la clásica serie Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers. Está repleto de rock, pop y folk con tintes orientales del apogeo hippie de finales de los 60 y principios de los 70, así como del renacimiento psicodélico más reciente. Con más de 200 temas de artistas de ambos lados del Atlántico, así como de la India, Alemania, Suecia, Holanda, Australia y otros lugares, se completa con un libreto de 84 páginas a todo color que ofrece información de fondo, biografías detalladas, discografías completas y fotos raras, convirtiéndolo en un viaje verdaderamente esencial a la edad de oro de la psicodelia envuelta en incienso. Incluye temas de Ray Brown & Moonstone, Linn County, J. K. & Co., Omega Redstar, The Basement Wall, Abacus, Bröselmaschine, Gualbert, Darius, Blonde on Blonde, The Pretty Things, The Frederic, The Flames, July, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Fraternity of Man, The Misty Wizards, Ramases, C.O.B., Lord Sitar, The Vampires' Sound Incorporation, U.S. '69, Merrell Fankhauser & HMS Bounty, The Paper Garden, Meic Stevens, State of Micky & Tommy, The Ghost, Mandrake Memorial, 1st Century, People, Sagram, Bobby Callender, Mushroom's God, The Orient Express, Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera, Erkin Koray, Popol Vuh, Brainticket, Chocolate Watch Band, Big Jim Sullivan, Dr. Timothy Leary, The Mops, The Amboy Dukes, S.t. Mikael, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Saffron, Truth, United States of Existence, Train, The Third Rail, Hurdy Gurdy, The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band, Chim Kothari, Them, The Storybook, Krokodil, Mecki Mark Men, Stunt's Blue Leg Expedition, The Ugly Ducklings, Johnny Thompson Quintet, Moonkyte, Dantalian's Chariot, Nick Carter, The Twilights, The Folkswingers, Ananda Shankar, The New Tweedy Brothers, Wizz Jones, Kuni Kawachi & Flower Travellin' Band, Full Moon Band, A Little Bit of Sound, The Lemon Pipers, Mehrpoojah, Popera Cosmic, The Book of Am, Shocking Blue, The Poppy Family, Magic Carpet, Wendy Kasselman, Elyse Weinberg, Calendula, Montreal, Fit & Limo, Pentangle, Red Chair Fadeaway, Sheila Chandra, Sally Eaton, The Wyld Olde Souls, Kali Bahlu, Tomorrow, Shiny Gnomes, The Fox, The Cosmic Gardens, The Nova Local, Family, Joseph, Cheops, 3 Hür-El, Grail, Tømrerclaus, Paroni Paakkunainen, Magna Carta, Click, Catharsis, The Fallen Angels, Violeta de Outono, The David, Euclid, The Unspoken Word, Oriental Sunshine, Wolfgang Dauner Quintet, Bit 'a Sweet, Flower Travellin' Band, Tales of Justine, Saddhu Brand, Oregon, Lawson & 4 More, Pregnant Insomnia, The Mirage, Brand X, The Churchills, Bill Plummer & The Cosmic Brotherhood, Boeing Duveen & The Beautiful Soup, David Hemmings, Gates of Freedom, The Koala, Blossom Toes, 101 Strings, Greenwood, Curlee & Thompson, The Forum Quorum, Iron Butterfly, John Renbourn, Charlie & Esdor, The Living Room, The Seventh Seal, Balsara & His Singing Sitars, Humble Pie, Quintessence, Sri Atma, Apocalypse, No Strange, Gandalf, The Zodiac, The Surprise Symphony, Universe, Alex, The Dave Pike Set, Gábor Szabó, The Superfine Dandelion, The Hobbits, Chad & Jeremy, Pierrot Lunaire, J. A. Seazer, Galliard, Shawn Phillips, Brian Bennett, Sopwith Camel, Rick Hayward, The Honeydew, The Flower Pot, The Sugar Shoppe, Doug McArthur, Rebecca and the Sunny Brook Farmers, William Truckaway, The Ceyleib People, Twinn Connexion, The Free Spirits, The World of Oz, The Virgin Sleep, Tony Scott, Chris Thompson, Volker Kriegel, Indo-British Ensemble, Raw, The Panbers, The Whatt Four, Zoot Money, The Morgans, The Lewis and Clarke Expedition, Gordon Jackson, Friend & Lover, Sagittarius y Blue Cheer.
https://www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/va-electric-psychedelic-sitar-headswirlers-volumes-1-11-11cd-box/RUBBOX.006CD.html

 



VA • Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers Vol. 2

 


VA • Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers Vol. 3