In 1952, Newman formed his longest-lasting and most important musical association, with Ray Charles and stayed with Charles' band from 1954-1964 before going on to play with Herbie Mann amongst others. Newman parlayed the renown he gained from his experience with Charles into a successful recording career. In the '60s and '70s, he recorded a series of heavily orchestrated, pop-oriented albums for Atlantic. But Newman's metier was as an ace accompanist. Throughout his career, he recorded with a variety of non-jazz artists; Newman's brawny, arrogant tenor sound graced the albums of Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, and many others. It is, in fact, Newman's terse, earthy improvisations with Charles that remain his most characteristic work.
Tracklisting: - Ain't Misbehavin - Willow Weep for Me - Hard Times