Newman was a beast on the Sax for 4 decades. His playing covered a wide range of styles, including traditional straight ahead Jazz, and R&B. With his gritty sound, he contributed to the Soul-Jazz fusion of the 1960's and 70's. Along with others, Newman became a template for Sax players who came to prominence later on in the Soul-Jazz sub genre, such as Grover Washington, David Sanborn, and Ronnie Laws.
He was one of the busiest sidemen and studio musicians around, often a "first call" player for major R&B artists. As a result, much of his recorded work ended up on the albums of other musicians. He is definitely more of an underground, unsung musical figure...known more to DJ's, music lovers, and by his peers, than by the general public.
See report from the New York Times
Commentary from the Blog 'Between The Grooves'