UNSUNG MOTOWN AND JAZZ-FUSION BASS LEGEND AND COMPOSER STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
LEGENDARY MOTOWN AND JAZZ FUSION BASSIST-COMPOSER RELEASES CD-BOOK-FILM PROJECT
Chances are you've heard the distinctive and compelling sound of Tony Newton's bass work if you are a Motown or Jazz-Fusion fan. A performer on over 100 hit recordings across all musical genre's, as well as being a founding father of jazz-rock-fusion performing in the innovative Tony Williams Lifetime composing the formidable fusion classics, "Snake Oil" and "Red Alert," on the lp's "Believe It" and "Million Dollar Legs", still selling some 30 years later.
Newton's latest project brings him into the spotlight after a long career and large body of work that is mostly unknown until now. Newton presents a dynamic mega-culture project spotlighting his new CD titled "THUNDERFUNKFUSION", containing a multi-style, inspiring collection of both instrumentals and vocal compositions and songs. Newton describes the album as "Motown, meets Hendrix, meets Miles."
"GOLD THUNDER", Newton's book offering details Newton's historical career, music discovery of "Novaphonics" advanced harmony, his time a Motown records, working with the great James Jamerson, playing on such #1 hits as "Stop in the name of love", "Baby Love", "Nowhere to Run" (which have two basses playing simultaneously) and others, as well as other hits outside of Motown i.e.: "Want Ads" from Holland Dozier-Holland?s, Honeycone and "Stax" Dramatics, "What You See is What You Get". His book also covers his move to Hollywood, and much more.
The documentary film "GROOVEMONSTER" is a visual presentation of Newton's long and historical career as well as his struggles for recognition. Mr. Newton presents actual historical footage of him playing with the legendary "Funk Brothers" on the 1965 England-Europe Motown tour mentioned in "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" but left mention of Mr. Newton´s contributions out. The film also covers Newton´s piano-composition history and every aspect of his creative genius.