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As the younger brother of gifted pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr., guitarist Calvin Newborn fell in love a long time ago with the same music and came to express it with his own voice. Jazz and blues run side by side in his interpretations.
A lyrical guitarist who takes the room by the force of his emotions, Newborn pours it on with New Born. His guitar sings passionately with statements about life and love and the way we feel about it. The horns which support the band don't help much, as they offer tired refrains and stale R&B clichés. Both piano and organ lend a healthy voice to the mix, while bass and drums provide a magnetic rhythmic foundation.
Newborn's guitar remains the album's centerpiece, tossing off emotional statements one after another. "Lush Life" opens with solo guitar in a beautiful panorama that contains the stuff dreams are made of. As piano, bass, and drums join him later, the piece continues to soothe and groove gently. You can almost feel the song's lyrics telling you that "Life is lonely again" and that "Only last year everything seemed so sure." The blues comes in many forms. Newborn expresses this message vividly and with heartfelt concern.
"After Hours Blues" and "Newborn Blues" are the album's greatest assets, as the guitarist stretches out with his quartet (with organ, bass, and drums) on a ride through Everytown in the wee small hours of the morning. It's time to sit back, forget about cryin' in your beer any more, and just enjoy Newborn's inspiring romp through jazz and blues history.
Track Listing: When Kingdom Comes/Sho' Nuff; The Streetwalker's Stroll; Newborn Blues; Spirit Trane/Omnifarious; Lush Life; Restorations; After Hours Blues; Blues & Beyond.
Personnel: Calvin Newborn- guitar; Donald Brown- piano; Charlie Wood- organ; London Branch- bass; Renardo Ward- drums; Herman Green- tenor saxophone, flute; Scott Thompson- trumpet; Ekpe Obitoto- congas.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com