david "fathead" newman, 1933-2009

david "fathead" newman

david "fathead" newman

This year marks the half-century celebration of an album called Fathead: Ray Charles Presents David Newman. At the time of its release, the recording was an acknowledgement by a soul legend in his prime of a prized protégé. But today it stands as a proud introduction of a key architect in an incomparable R&B sound.

Newman, a thoroughly engaging saxophonist and flutist, would go on, after leaving the reign of Brother Ray in 1964, to fashion albums that honed a contemporary soul-based jazz sound of his own alongside several acclaimed contemporaries, not the least of which was Herbie Mann.

David “Fathead” Newman died Tuesday of complications from pancreatic cancer.

Newman’s illness, let alone his death, was a shock simply because he had seemed so vibrant during a December 2007 performance at Louisville’s now defunct Jazz Factory.

A regal version of Duke Pearson’s Cristo Redemptor summed up the music of the latter day Newman that night. The sax sound was, understandably, more relaxed and patient than the one that led the beefy soul charge of his 70s albums for Atlantic. But Newman’s tone simply glowed. Ditto for the spiritual solace he applied to John Coltrane’s Naima. A perhaps inevitable version of the still-soulful Charles classic Hit the Road, Jack was on the setlist, too. But during this reading, Newman was clearly following his own muse instead of soul spirits from a storied past.

A month after the Louisville show, Newman sat in with Paul Shaffer’s band on the Late Show with David Letterman, played mostly snippets of Charles hits and was rightly hailed as a legend by the bandleader.

Newman left us with a mountain of sublime recorded music. Recommended listening includes House of David (a tough-to-find, out-of-print 1993 anthology of his Atlantic recordings), a 2000 reissue that unearths two of Newman’s finest funk and fusion albums from the early ‘70s (Lonely Avenue and Newmanism) and Life (a 2007 studio effort that reflects the more sage-like playing of Newman’s final years).

But the one to hunt down is the underdog concert album Fire! Recorded at the New York jazz haven The Village Vanguard just before Christmas of 1988, Newman’s tenor sax leads bounce, bop and burn with help from two other sax giants: Stanley Turrentine and fellow Charles alumnus Hank Crawford. The sweet tenor sax turns employed in transforming the blues of Hard Times into a beaming affirmation to end the album is one of the great lost chapters in Newman’s mammoth jazz and soul music saga.

This was a guy, afetr all, who really knew hard times. Watch the Ray biopic again and you’ll get a small glimpse into just how grim they really were. But what ultimately came out of the man’s horn was pure gold.

University of London, Imperial College publishes research in environment.

Ecology, Environment & Conservation July 21, 2008 “A methodology to extract networks from pore space images is used to make predictions of multiphase transport properties for subsurface carbonate samples. The extraction of the network model is based on the computation of the location and sizes of pores and throats to create a topological representation of the void space of three-dimensional (3-D) rock images, using the concept of maximal balls,” investigators in London, the United Kingdom report. this web site university of london

“In this work, we follow a multistaged workflow. We start with a 2-D thin-section image; convert it statistically into a 3-D representation of the pore space; extract a network model from this image; and finally, simulate primary drainage, waterflooding, and secondary drainage flow processes using a pore-scale simulator. We test this workflow for a reservoir carbonate rock. The network-predicted absolute permeability is similar to the core plug measured value and the value computed on the 3-D void space image using the lattice Boltzmann method. The predicted capillary pressure during primary drainage agrees well with a mercury-air experiment on a core sample, indicating that we have an adequate representation of the rock’s pore structure. We adjust the contact angles in the network to match the measured waterflood and secondary drainage capillary pressures. We infer a significant degree of contact angle hysteresis. We then predict relative permeabilities for primary drainage, waterflooding, and secondary drainage that agree well with laboratory measured values. This approach can be used to predict multiphase transport properties when wettability and pore structure vary in a reservoir, where experimental data is scant or missing. There are shortfalls to this approach, however. We compare results from three networks, one of which was derived from a section of the rock containing vugs. Our method fails to predict properties reliably when an unrepresentative image is processed to construct the 3-D network model,” wrote A.S. Alkharusi and colleagues, University of London, Imperial College. universityoflondonnow.com university of london

The researchers concluded: “This occurs when the image volume is not sufficient to represent the geological variations observed in a core plug sample.” Alkharusi and colleagues published their study in Water Resources Research (Multiphase flow predictions from carbonate pore space images using extracted network models. Water Resources Research, 2008;44(6):S601).

For additional information, contact A.S. Alkharusi, University of London Imperial College, Dept. of Earth Science & Engineering, London SW7 2AZ, UK.

The publisher of the journal Water Resources Research can be contacted at: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA.



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