Phineas Newborn Jr. - Here Is Phineas: The Piano History Of Phineas Newborn Jr.
Phineas Newborn Jr. - Here Is Phineas: The Piano History Of Phineas Newborn Jr.
Phineas Newborn Jr. - Here Is Phineas: The Piano History Of Phineas Newborn Jr.
Phineas Newborn Jr. - Here Is Phineas: The Piano History Of Phineas Newborn Jr.

Phineas Newborn Jr. - Here Is Phineas: The Piano History Of Phineas Newborn Jr.

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Phineas Newborn Jr. - piano

Calvin Newborn - guitar

Oscar Pettiford - bass

Kenny Clarke - drums

Written by Charlie Parker (A1), Oscar Hammerstein II (A2), Jerome Kern (A3), Mack Gordon (A4), Harry Warren (A4), Bud Powell (A4), Clifford Brown (B1), Phineas Newborn, Jr. (B2, B3), Duke Ellington (B3), Don George (B3), Johnny Hodges (B3), Harry James (B3), John Lewis (B4)

 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label :  Atlantic

Recording: May 1956 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, by Rudy Van Gelder

Production: Nesuhi Ertegun

Originally released in 1956

Reissued in 2019

 

Tracks : 

Side A :

  1. Barbados
  2. All The Things You Are
  3. The More I See You
  4. Celia

Side B :

  1. Dahoud
  2. Newport Blues
  3. I'm Beginning To See The Light
  4. Afternoon in Paris

 

Reviews :

« Other than two numbers cut for the Progressive label in Houston a couple years earlier (and thus far never reissued), this Atlantic session (put out as a Koch CD in 1999) was the recording debut for the remarkable Phineas Newborn. The 24-year-old pianist's playing on this trio/quartet date with bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Kenny Clarke (and occasionally guitarist Calvin Newborn) is virtuosic to say the least, on Oscar Peterson's level if not Art Tatum's. Newborn rips through the repertoire (which is highlighted by "Barbados," "Celia," "Daahoud," and "Afternoon in Paris"); try to tap your foot to "Celia" without breaking your ankle! In the liner notes, George Wein faults Newborn's tendency to double time the ballads, and some listeners may shake their heads at his constant outpouring of technically impossible runs (those speedy octaves are ridiculous) -- but if one has chops on this level, one should feel free to display them. This is a dazzling debut from an ill-fated but classic pianist, and this CD is a gem. » AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

At long last! Three years after his début as a bandleader, Phineas Newborn found a courageous producer who was willing to allot him time in the studio to record an LP. The man from Tennessee brought with him his guitarist brother Calvin and a rhythm group made up of super stars Oscar Pettiford and Kenny 'Klook' Clark. What resulted was an outstanding, dazzling piano album full of fire.

How these musicians dash through "Celia" makes one forget Bud Powell, its composer and demigod on the piano. The tempo and the breaks would lead you to break your ankle if you tried to tap your foot to the music. "Dahoud" from the repertoire of the Clifford Brown Quintet is similarly fast-paced. Just listen to Kenny Clarke and you will be astounded by his precision and swing. In addition there are little gems such as "The More I See You" and the "Newport Blues" that is dedicated to the legendary Jazz Festival held on Rhode Island, where Phineas was often to be heard. All in all, this LP is a real treasure, which sees the light of day once again after sixty years.

 

Ratings

AllMusic 5/5, Discogs 4,38 / 5, Rate Your Music : 3,98 / 5

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