Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Piano Artistry Of Phineas Newborn Jr.

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.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Phineas Newborn Jr.
Here Is Phineas
(The Piano Artistry Of Phineas Newborn Jr.)


1 Barbados (Parker)  4:02
2 All The Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  7:23
3 The More I See You (Gordon, Warren)  4:04
4 Celia (Powell)  3:06
5 Dahoud (Brown)  3:34
6 Newport Blues (Newborn)  4:34
7 I'm Beginning To See the Light (George, Hodges, Ellington, James)  3:06
8 Afternoon in Paris (Lewis)  6:45


Phineas Newborn Jr. - p
Calvin Newborn - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Kenny Clarke - dr

Recorded in New York ; May 3 & 4, 1956


bosshoss said...

Great post!
Unfotunately it doesn't seem like I can unpack them. Why? Password???
Same with Teddy Wilson...

Baruch said...

Use - melanchthon

laconico said...

Phineas is always welcome, thanks.

Pippo said...

That's like a rollercoaster ride, thank you Melanchthon.

Blue Eyes said...

A fabulous album, highly recommended! (I love especially his re-harmonization of "All The Things You Are") Merci beaucoup Melanchthon for this gem !

Anselmo said...


Andy D said...

Thank you for this gift

Luis said...

This is one of the very few postings that I will not download. I love Phineas piano playing and I actually own a copy. Almost all other postings have been very special with fantastic jazz. Thank you ever so much Mel.

Pernath said...

Thanks Mel!

rog said...

Fabulous Mel... Thank You !

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Again wonderful share, as Phineas stood for easyness of rhythm and for a versatile sound, so thanks a lot for this album, very much appreciated!

Fred Archtop said...

Merci beaucoup Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Wonderful post.
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Love Phineas' playing.