Calvin Newborn: New Born (2005)
Six of the eight tracks on this album were written by Newborn, with the exception of the warm and conversant "Newborn Blues, written by brother Phineas, and the Billy Strayhorn classic "Lush Life. Showcasing both his jazz and blues backgrounds on this album was obviously important to Newborn, who drew clear musical lines in the sand on the jazz-tinged "When Kingdom Comes/Sho' Nuff and the blues-rich "After Hours Blues. At some points, the album lacks energy, but Newborn plays so skillfully that one is hard pressed to remember that he is a "seventy-something year old man who was once known as Flying Calvin on the Memphis blues circuit and who, in his youth, befriended Elvis Presley and battled a terrible drug addiction.
Now after more than a decade of sobriety and five decades in the music business, with this release Calvin Newborn has indeed been born anew. And so, ladies and gentlemen, have I.
Track Listing: When Kingdom Comes/Sho' Nuff; The Streetwalker's Stroll; Newborn Blues; Spirit Trane/Omnifarious; Lush Life; Restorations; After Hours Blues; Blues and Beyond.
Personnel: Donald Brown- piano; Charlie Wood- organ; Herman Green- sax/flute; Scott Thompson- trumpet; London Branch- bass; Renardo Ward- drums; Ekpe Obioto- talking drums.
Record Label: Yellow Dog Records
Style: Beyond Jazz