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Phineas Newborn Jr

Alyn Shipton and Brian Priestly pick highlights and reappraise the largely forgotten genius of pianist Phineas Newborn Jr, in the wake of several recent reissues of his work.

Phineas Newborn Jr. was one of the finest pianists in jazz history, but his short career was dogged by physical and mental illness and he is now a somewhat obscure figure. In the wake of several recent reissues of Newborn's work, Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights and to reappraise this largely forgotten genius of the piano.

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Sat 28 May 2011 16:00

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  • Phineas Newborn, Jr.

    Daahoud

    Composer: Clifford Brown Performers: Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Paul Chambers, b; Philly Joe Jones, d. 16 Oct 1961.

    • A World of Piano!.
    • Original Jazz Classics / Contemporary.
    • 175-2.
  • Phineas Newborn Jr and Lou Sargent

    Ridin' The Boogie

    Composer: Not Given Performers: Luther Steinberg, t; Wilbur Steinberg, b; Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Tot Randolph, s; Jeff Greyer, d. May 1951 (originally on Chess).

    • Boogie Woogie Piano Vol. 3.
    • Fremeaux.
    • FA 5226 CD 2.
  • Phineas Newborn, Jr.

    Celia

    Composer: Powell Performers: Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Calvin Newborn, g; Oscar Pettiford, b; Kenny Clarke, d. 3 May 1956.

    • Here Is Phineas: The Piano Artist:ry of Phineas Newborn Jr..
    • Collectables.
    • 6530.
  • Phineas Newborn, Jr.

    Overtime

    Composer: Newborn Performers: Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Jamil Nasser, b; Philly Joe Jones, d. 1957.

    • Phineas’ Rainbow / While My Lady Sleeps.
    • Collectables.
    • 2337.
  • Phineas Newborn Jr with Dennis Farnon and His Orchestra

    It's Easy To Remember

    Composer: Hart / Rodgers Performers: Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Jamil Nasser, b; Alvin Stoller, d. (plus string orchestra conducted by Dennis Farnon]. 23 April 1957.

    • Phineas’ Rainbow / While My Lady Sleeps.
    • Collectables.
    • 2337.
  • Phineas Newborn, Jr.

    Back Home

    Composer: Newborn Performers: Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Calvin Newborn, g; Jamil Nasser, b; Denzil Best, d. 28 March 1958.

    • Fabulous Phineas.
    • RCA Victor Gold [BMG France].
    • 74321 796222.
  • J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding Quintet

    Bag's Groove

    Composer: Jackson Performers: J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, tb; Zoot Sims, ts; Lee Konitz, as; Phineas Newborn, Jr., p; Red Garland, p; Oscar Pettiford, b; Kenny Clarke, d. Sept 1958.

    • European Tour 1958.
    • RLR.
    • RLR 88631.
  • Roy Haynes

    Sugar Ray

    Composer: Newborn Performers: Roy Haynes, d; Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Paul Chambers, b. 14 Nov 1958.

    • We Three.
    • Fantasy.
    • OJCCD 30162.
  • Teddy Edwards / Howard McGhee

    Up There

    Composer: Ray Brown Performers: Teddy Edwards, ts; Howard McGhee, t; Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Ray Brown, b; Ed Thigpen, d. 15 May 1961.

    • Together Again.
    • Contemporary.
    • 424-2.
  • Phineas Newborn, Jr.

    The Sermon

    Composer: Hampton Hawes Performers: Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Leroy Vinnegar, b; Frank Butler, d. 1 April 1964.

    • The Newborn Touch.
    • Contemporary.
    • OJCCD 2702.
  • Phineas Newborn, Jr.

    Harlem Blues

    Composer: Newborn Performers: Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Ray Brown, b; Elvin Jones, d. 12 Feb 1961.

    • Harlem Blues.
    • Contemporary.
    • OJCCD 6622.
  • Phineas Newborn, Jr.

    I'll Remember April

    Composer: DePaul,. Johnston, Raye Performers: Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Jesper Lundgaard, b; Bjarne Rostvold, d. Jazzhus `Slukefter,' Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 16, 1979.

    • Tivoli Encounter.
    • Storyville.
    • 8221.
  • Phineas Newborn, Jr.

    Oleo

    Composer: Rollins Performers: Phineas Newborn Jr., p; Sam Jones, b; Louis Hayes, d. 21 Nov 1961.

    • A World of Piano!.
    • Original Jazz Classics / Contemporary.
    • 175-2.

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