David “Fathead” Newman – Straight Ahead(1960)

I can’t imagine David ‘Fathead’ Newman was expecting a photo shoot the day he was propped up before a guy with a camera when this mug-shot was taken. If this is the choice-pic from that session I expect the rejected snaps must be potentially incriminating because on the evidence provided he is clearly on the nod. I could be mistaken but he was a known enthusiast of illegal narcotics, not that it affects the quality of the playing on this fantastic album. Simply put, there is nothing not to like about the music here and the performances are gold-plated, particularly his flute playing which is a revelation. Every lover of hard-bop will find plenty to love on this disc. Just ignore the cover.




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