Phineas Newborn, Jr.

Look Out: Phineas Is Back

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Phineas Newborn was one of the great jazz pianists, possessing phenomenal technique and mastery of the bebop vocabulary, but various illnesses plagued him throughout the 1960s and '70s. On what would be one of his final sessions, Newborn is in surprisingly strong form playing in a trio with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jimmie Smith. Highlights include "Abbers Song" (a rapid run-through on "I've Got Rhythm" chord changes), "A Night in Tunisia," a previously unreleased version of "Just in Time" that appeared for the first time on this CD reissue, and a creative version of Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life."

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