Saturday, June 15, 2013

Phineas Newborn, Jr. - The Newborn Touch

This CD reissue adds an alternate take and an unissued selection to the original program. Pianist Phineas Newborn's only recording of the 1963-1968 period, the trio outing with bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Frank Butler, finds Newborn's virtuosic style unchanged from the late '50s. As is usual on his Contemporary recordings, the pianist explores superior jazz compositions, in this case interpreting a song apiece by Benny Carter, Russ Freeman, Hampton Hawes, Art Pepper, Ornette Coleman ("The Blessing"), Carl Perkins, Frank Rosolino, Leroy Vinnegar, Jimmy Woods and Barney Kessel. Newborn's remarkable control of the piano was still unimpaired, and he is heard giving Oscar Peterson a run for his money. [Originally released in 1964, Newborn Touch was reissued on CD in 1994 and includes the bonus tracks "Good Lil' Man" and "Be Deedle Dee Do"; it was reissued again in 2006.]
Scott Yanow

Source :

Phineas Newborn, Jr.
The Newborn Touch


1 A Walkin' Thing (Benny Carter)  4:37
2 Double Play (Freeman,  Jones)  3:59
3 The Sermon (Hawes)  2:40
4 Diane (Mingus, Pepper, Pollack, Rapee)  4:17
5 The Blessing (Coleman)  3:08
6 Grooveyard (Perkins)  3:07
7 Blue Daniel (Rosolino)  3:18
8 Hard to Find (Difford, Tilbrook, Vinnegar)  4:04
9 Pazmuerte (Woods)  3:30
10 Be Deedle Dee Do (Kessel)  4:04
11 Good Lil' Man (Jenkins)  3:10
12 Be Deedle Dee Do [alt. take] (Kessel)  4:50

Phineas Newborn, Jr. - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Frank Butler - dr

Recorded at Contemporary Records' Studio, Los Angeles ; April 1, 1964


Melanchthon said...

sasha said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
sasha said...

Nice one Mel..Always enjoy a visit to SVNV..Keep up the good work..Much appreciated.

cvllos said...

Thank you Melanchthon.
This one I didn't have; a new one since CIA times.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you