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Phineas Newborn, Jr.

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Phineas Newborn, Jr. was an American jazz pianist, whose principal influences were Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Bud Powell. Newborn came from a musical family with his father being a blues musician and his brother (Edwin) Calvin Newborn (born April 27, 1933) being a jazz guitarist. Phineas studied piano as well as trumpet, and tenor and baritone saxophone. Newborn first played in an R&B band led by his father (Phineas Newborn, Sr.), a drummer and with Tuff Green and his brother before moving on to work with Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, and others. His earliest recordings were with blues harmonica player Big Walter Horton. From 1956 he began to perform in New York City, making his first album as a leader in that year

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Contemporary Records 70th: Barney Kessel and Hampton Hawes on vinyl

Read "Contemporary Records 70th: Barney Kessel and Hampton Hawes on vinyl" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Almost a century ago, times were different and folks with the gumption to forge their own paths were more likely to make a mark on history. When you think of the documentation of jazz, names like John Hammond, Francis Wolff, and Ahmet Ertegun were integral to spreading the word of America's unique art form. Far less ...

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Article: Album Review

Pat Martino: Nexus

Read "Nexus" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


This CD is not only a fine addition to the Pat Martino catalogue, it is also of historical importance with respect to his personal and musical development. Recorded at the well-known eclectic nightclub the Tin Angel in Philadelphia in the mid-nineties (the exact date is not given and probably unknown), it is a duet set (or ...

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News: Video / DVD

Phineas Newborn Jr: 1962

Phineas Newborn Jr: 1962

Yesterday I was listening to the recordings of Phineas Newborn Jr. and was struck, yet again, at how remarkable a jazz pianist he was. His strength, poetic poise and, most of all, phrasing, were stunning. Born in Whiteville, Tenn., Newborn played often in Memphis with his father and other relatives in the late 1940s in an ...

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Article: Album Review

Teddy Edwards: Four Classic Albums

Read "Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert


Teddy Edwards was a formidable tenor player on the '50s and '60s West Coast scene with a warm and congenial tone reflected the laid-back thoughtfulness of the West Coast scene with enough soul to indicate he was listening some Coleman Hawkins in the midst of the Lester Young platters. His own recordings were a typical mix ...

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Article: Interview

Stephan Crump: Giving Life to the Music

Read "Stephan Crump: Giving Life to the Music" reviewed by Tyler Henderson


Stephan Crump is a bassist with many talents, his skills ranging from funk and rock to straight ahead jazz and folk. The Grammy-nominated artist cut his teeth on the jny: New York City jazz scene, working there since the 1990s. He's been a collaborator and a bandleader, working with the likes of Vijay Iyer, Ashford Simpson, ...

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Article: Interview

Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz

Read "Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz" reviewed by Idelle Nissila-Stone


Active in the jny: New York City jazz scene since the 1960s, pianist Burt Eckoff played with many jazz greats, among them Howard McGhee, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt and Archie Shepp. He is known for exceptional artistry in his work with vocalists Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Eddie Jefferson, and most importantly Dakota Staton, with ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jazz With Strings

Read "Jazz With Strings" reviewed by Roger Crane


Please note the title of this collection. It does not include symphony orchestras playing jazz compositions. Nor does it feature what is known as “third stream" music, which is the combination of jazz and classical elements for what is hoped to be a unified whole. No, just like the title says, this collection includes jazz musicians ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Ben Sidran: The First Existential Jazz Rapper

Read "Ben Sidran: The First Existential Jazz Rapper" reviewed by Joan Gannij


Ben Sidran is an old school hipster in the authentic sense of the word. He's a no frills, musician's musician who's got the heart, got the chops. He's been there, done that, and ready to do more. Sidran has never been interested in following trends or squeezing into categories and is not about to start now. ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Freddie Jones: Game On!

Read "Freddie Jones: Game On!" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Dallas-based trumpeter, composer, producer and educator/clinician, Freddie Jones is one busy musician--especially on certain Sundays. He has the honor of performing our National Anthem before every Dallas Cowboys home game. In addition to actively freelancing and recording, he teaches and devotes countless hours with his efforts for a wonderful music education charity he founded, Trumpets4Kids.


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