James Clay & David “Fathead” Newman – The Sound Of The Wide Open Spaces !!!!

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The Sound of the Wide Open Spaces!!!! is the debut album by saxophonist/flautist James Clay and the second album by David “Fathead” Newman featuring performances recorded in 1960 and originally released on the Riverside label.

“The wide open spaces referred to in the title is not a reference to free jazz, but rather a description of Texas, the home state of both Clay and Newman.” (AllAboutJazz).

Track listing:
“Wide Open Spaces” (Babs Gonzales) – 12:15
“They Can’t Take That Away from Me” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 6:34
“Some Kinda Mean” (Keter Betts) – 6:35
“What’s New?” (Johnny Burke, Bob Haggart) – 5:46
“Figger-Ration” (Gonzales) – 8:51

James Clay – tenor saxophone, flute
David “Fathead” Newman – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone
Wynton Kelly – piano
Sam Jones – bass
Art Taylor – drums


Released: 1960
Recorded: April 26, 1960
New York City
Length: 40:01
Label: Riverside
RLP 327
Producer: Julian “Cannonball” Adderley