- Hallelujah I Love Her So
- Kissing In 29 Days
KISSING IN 29 DAYS:
Kissing in 29 Days is JW’s fourth release with NorthernBlues Music, and the band is ready to belt out their best effort yet with legendary guest, saxophone player David “Fathead” Newman.
David “Fahead” Newman, 72, is one of the top sax players in the world. After two years of college, David decided to go on the road full time with Buster Smith (Charlie Parker’s mentor). On one of the tours, David met Ray Charles. Ray was working as a sideman with another group on the night’s roster. They immediately bonded, both musically and as friends.
When Ray started his own band, he called on David to be part of his group. In 1954, David began a twelve year association with the Ray Charles Band. David began as the baritone player and soon became the star tenor soloist. In 1959, David recorded his first album as a leader titled, Fathead: Ray Charles Presents ‘Fathead’ on Atlantic records. It included Newman’s dramatic and now famous rendition of Hard Times. He returned to his hometown of Dallas, TX for a short time and led his own bands. Then David Newman moved to New York City where his career took off in many directions.
David Newman has appeared on many television shows including Saturday Night Live, David Sanborn’s Night Music, David Letterman, and various featured news segments. David appeared in Robert Altman’s film Kansas City and did a national tour with the Kansas City Orchestra, for Verve Records.
Look to hear some advance clips on JW’s website later this year. The album is to be released exactly one year after Gabe’s death (JW’s brother), March 7, 2006.