HOUSE OF DAVID contains 27 tracks recorded between 1952 and 1983 and includes a 32-page booklet with historic photographs, complete personnel listings and track annotations.
Personnel includes: David "Fathead" Newman (alto & tenor & baritone saxophones, flute); Zuzu Bollin (vocals, guitar); Seldon Powell (tenor saxophones); Pepper Adams, Haywood Henry (baritone saxophones); Jimmy Owens, Melvin Lastie, Ernie Royal Blue Mitchell Bobby Simmon, Joe Bridgewater (trumpets); Eubie Greene, Benny Powell (trombone); Kirk Lightsey, Charles Morgan, Junior Mance, Joe Zawinul (piano); Wesley Jackson (guitars); Chuck Rainey, Arthur Blake (bass); Sylvester Morton, Glenn Brooks, Bernard Purdie (drums).
Additional guest artists: Richard Davis, Ron Carter.
Compilation producer: Joel Dorn.
Producers include: Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, Nesuhi Ertegun, Joel Dorn, John Snyder.
Includes liner notes by David Ritz.
There have not been many saxophonists and flutists more naturally soulful than David "Fathead" Newman. This two-disc set captures Newman at his best. He never really was an album artist; each album has had its nuggets, and that's what this captures. It has Newman wailing the blues, then stretching out in Ray Charles' band. He covers a Beatles tune, then an Aaron Neville number. He backs Aretha Franklin and pays homage to the great Buster Cooper. This is one anthology that can be recommended without hesitation, because there aren't going to be many complete Newman albums coming down the reissue pike. ~ Ron Wynn