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out of this world!

Phineas Newborn was one of the greatest jazz pianist of all time. This is a fair introduction to his creative output. Check out his different take on Coltrane's Giant Steps. It's not what you'd expect. The only annoying thing is that they let him record on some honkytonk piano that sometimes distracts from this incredible artist.


like anything he recorded. FINE-as the man!

genius shines through

At this point in his career, Phineas Newborn, Jr. had been through much and recorded and played at his peak. This recording from ~1974 was, as other reviewers state, recorded on a pathetic studio piano sorely in need of tuning. However, Phineas' rich ideas, technique and improvisatory skills are apparent. The range of material is wide, his playing is just amazing and it's one of few solo piano recordings by him.

The liner notes allude to the fact that Phineas and the engineer(s) (?) went into the studio rather impromptu, set up fast and let the tape run. Bad piano or no, the playing shows his exuberance, sometimes a bit too much of it maybe, and it's a joy to hear one of the world's finest cut loose. If THIS is not to your taste, then PLEASE go listen to "World of Piano," "Harlem Blues," "Here is Phineas," or "Please Send Me Someone To Love." All highly recommended.


Born: December 14, 1931 in Whiteville, TN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

One of the most technically skilled and brilliant pianists in jazz during his prime, Phineas Newborn remains a bit of a mystery. Plagued by mental and physical problems of unknown origin, Newborn faded from the scene in the mid-'60s, only to re-emerge at irregular intervals throughout his life. Newborn could be compared to Oscar Peterson in that his bop-based style was largely unclassifiable, his technique was phenomenal, and he was very capable of enthralling an audience playing a full song with...
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Solo Piano, Phineas Newborn Jr.
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Mainstream Jazz, Hard Bop
  • Released: 1974

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