David "Fathead" Newman (February 24, 1933 – January 20, 2009) was an American jazz and rhythm-and-blues saxophonist who made numerous recordings as a session musician and leader, but is best known for his work as a sideman on seminal 1950s and early 1960s recordings by singer-pianist Ray Charles.

The All Music Guide to Jazz wrote that “there have not been many saxophonists and flutists more naturally soulful than David “Fathead” Newman,” and that “one of jazz’s and popular music’s great pleasures is to hear, during a vocalist’s break, the gorgeous, huge Newman tones filling the space . . . ." Newman is sometimes cited as a leading exponent of the so-called “Texas Tenor” saxophone style, which refers to the many big-toned, bluesy jazz tenor players from that state.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Bigger & Better David "Fathead" Newman 1
1978 Concrete Jungle David "Fathead" Newman 1
1994 Mr. Gentle Mr. Cool David "Fathead" Newman 1
1999 Chillin' David "Fathead" Newman 1
2000 Captain Buckles David "Fathead" Newman 1
2001 Keep the Spirits Singing David "Fathead" Newman 1
2002 Davey Blue David "Fathead" Newman 1
2003 Lone Star Legend: Still Hard Times / Resurgence! David "Fathead" Newman 1
2003 Boogaloo to Beck Dr. Lonnie Smith feat. David "Fathead" Newman 1
2004 Song for the New Man David "Fathead" Newman 1
2005 I Remember Brother Ray David "Fathead" Newman 1
2007 The Sound of the Wide Open Spaces James Clay & David "Fathead" Newman 1
2009 The Blessing David "Fathead" Newman 1
Heads Up David "Fathead" Newman 1
It's "Mister" Fathead David "Fathead" Newman 1
Keep The Dream Alive David "Fathead" Newman 1
Under A Woodstock Moon David "Fathead" Newman 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
House of David: The David "Fathead" Newman Anthology David "Fathead" Newman 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Cellar Groove David "Fathead" Newman & The Tilden Webb Trio 1
Fire! David "Fathead" Newman 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Double Barrelled Soul Jack McDuff & David "Fathead" Newman 1

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