NEWBORN Phineas Jr


Whiteville, Tennessee. 14/12/1931. – Menphis, Tennessee. 26/5/1989.

Nato da genitori musicisti, insieme al fratello Calvin ha cominciato a studiare musica molto presto. Ha iniziato a lovorare in gruppi di R&B, con Tuff Green, con suo padre, con Jackie Breston, Saunders King, con Lou Sargent nel 1951, con Lionel Hampton, i Tennessee State Collegians e Willis Jackson. Terminato il servizio militare nel 1955, invogliato da Count Basie a dedicarsi più al jazz, ha messo su un quartetto e si è trasferito a New York dove ha ottento diverse scritture ed ha inciso i primi dischi. Nel 1958 ha lavorato in duo con Charles Mingus, ha fatto una tournée in Italia con i Mills Brothers. Si è stabilito a Los Angeles, ha registrato con Booker Little, Howard McGhee, Teddy Edwards, Philly Joe Jones, Louis Haynes, Milt Turner, Paul Chambers, Sam Jones, Leroy Vinegar. Purtroppo una depressione nervosa lo ha portato a sospendere l’attività per vari ricoveri in ospedali psichiatrici, tra i quali il tristemente noto Camarillo. E’ ritornato in attività nel 1976 e nel 1980 ha partecipato al Festival di Montreux. Pianista dotato di una tecnica superba, specie nella mano sinistra, che lo fanno paragonare a Oscar Peterson o Art Tatum, ma il suo interesse alla sperimentazione lo ha portato ad essere diverso dai suo archetipi dal panismo più spettacolare.


Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Calvin Newborn (g) basso e batteria non identificata.

How High The Moon / Round About Midnight.

(Progressive Jazz 500) Houston, Maggio 1953.

Here Is Phineas.Here Is Phineas.

Phineas Newborn (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Calvin Newborn (g) Kenny Clarke (dr)

Barbados / All The Things You Are / Dahoud / Afternoon In Paris.

New York, 3-5-56.

Phineas Newborn (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Kenny Clarke (dr)

The More I See You / Celia / Newport Blues / I’m Beginning To See The Light

(Atlantic 1235) New York, 4-5-56.

Phineas’ Raimbow.Phineas’ Raimbow.

Phineas Newborn (p) Calvin Newborn (g) George Joyner (b) Philly Joe Jones (dr)

Angel Eyes / Stairway To The Stars / She Means Everything To me / Autumn In New York / Overtime / Clarisse / What Is This Thing Called Love /Come To Baby Do / Land’s End / Tin Tin Deo.

(RCA 1421)

New York, 16-22 Ottobre 1956.


While My Lady Sleeps.While My Lady Sleeps_

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) George Joyner, Jamil Nasser (b) Alvin Stoller (dr) Dennis Famon (arr-dir) Jacques Gasselin, Leonard Atkins, Alfred Lustgarten, Eunice Wennermark, Victor Arno, Dan Lube, Marvin Limonick, Gerald Vinci, Carl LaMagna, Henry Hill, Benny Gill, Israel Baker, Ralph Shaeffer (viol) Paul Robyn, Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Louis Kievman, Harry Hymans, Abraham Hochstein, Joe Reilich (viola) Edagar Lustgarten, Raphael Kramer, George Nikrug (cello)

Lazy Mood / Moonlight In Vermont / While My Lady Sleeps / Don’t You Know I Care / Bali Ha’i / Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair / I’m Old Fashioned / It’s Easy To Remember / If I Should Lose You.

(RCA LPM 1474) New York, 23-24 Aprile 1957.

Plays Harold Arlen’s Music From Jamaica. Plays Harold Arlen’s Music From Jamaica.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Ernie Royal, Dan Ferrara (tp) Jimmy Cleveland (tb) Jerome Richardson (fl-st) Sahib Shihab (sb-sa-cl) Les Spann (g) George Duvivier (b) Osie Johnson (dr) Francisco Pozo, Willie Rodriguez (perc)

For Every Fish / Pity De Sunset / Take It Slow / Hooray For The Yankee Dollar / Little Biscuit / Push The Button / Savanna / Cocoanut Sweet / Napoleon / Pretty To Talk You.

(RCA LPM 1589)

New York, 7-8 Settembre 1957.

Fabulous Phineas.Fabulous Phineas.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Calvin Newborn (g) George Joyner (b) Denzil Best (dr)

Sugar Ray / I’ll Rememebr April / Back Home.

New York, 28-3-58.

Pamela / 45°Angle / No Moon At All / What’s New / Cherokee.

(RCA Francese PL 43163) New York, 3-4-58.

Stockholm Jam Session Vol.1 – 2.Stockholm Jam

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Benny Bailey (tp) Oscar Pettiford (b) Rune Carlsson (dr)

I Remember April / Ladybird / Undecided / All Of You / Woodyn’n You / Confirmation / Vierd Blues / My Ship / Walkin’/ Celia / It’s You Or No One.

(Steeplechase 63065)

Stoccolma, 22-9-58.

All Stars – Live European Concert.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Jay Jay Johnson (tb) Kai Winding (tb) Lee Konitz (sa) Zoot Sims (st) Oscar Pettiford (b) Kenny Clarke (dr)

Baahaus / Tenderly.

(Unique Jazz 25) Europa, 1958.

We Three.We Three.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Paul Chambers (b) Roy Haynes (dr)

Reflection / Sugar Ray / Solitaire / After Hours / Sneakin’Around / Tadd’s Delight.

(Prestige 196-2)

Hackensack, NJ, 14-11-58.


Play Again.Play Again.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Carlo Loffredo (b) Sergio Pissi (dr)

Night In Tunisia / Nica’s Dream / Airegin / Bags’ Groove / C Jam Blues / Walin’.

(Edizioni Dell’Isola EIJ 2024)

Roma, 28-5-59.


Piano Portraits By.Piano Portraits By

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) John Simmons (b) Roy Haynes (dr)

Sweet And Lovely / For All We Know / Just In Time / Blues Theme For Left Hand Only / Chelsea Bridge / Star Eyes / Caravan / It’s All Right With Me / Golden Earrings / I Can’t Get Started.

(Roulette 52031)

New York, 17-18 Giugno 1959.


I Love A Piano.I Love A Piano.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) John Simmons (b) Roy Haynes (dr)

Ain’t Misbehavin’ / Take The A Train / Real Gone Guy / Undecided / Ivy League Blues / Gee Bay Ain’t I Good To You / I’ve Got The World On A String / The Midnight Sun Never Sets / Love And Marriage / Give Me The Simple Life.

(Roulette 52043)

New York, 26-29 Ottobre 1959.

Down Home Reunion.Down Home Reunion.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Booker Little, Louis Smith (tp) Frank Strozier (sa) George Coleman (st) Calvin Newborn (g) George Joyner (b) Charles Crosby (dr)

Blue’n’Boogie / Things Ain’t What They Used To Be / After Hours / Stars Eyes.

(United Artists UAL 4029)

New York, 25-4-60.


A World Of Piano.A World Of Piano.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (dr)

Cheryl / Manteca / Lush Life / Dahoud.

Los Angeles, 16-10-61.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Sam Jones (b) Louis Hayes (dr)

Oleo / Juicy Lucy / For Carl / Cabu.

(Contemporary 3600) Los Angeles, 21-11-61.

The Great Jazz Piano Of Phineas Newborn Jr.The Great Jazz Piano Of Phineas Newborn Jr_

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Sam Jones (b) Louis Hayes (dr)

Theme For Basie / New Bles / Way Out West / Four.

Los Angeles, 21-11-61.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Milton Turner (dr)

Celia / This Here / Domingo / Prelude To A Kiss / Well You Needn’t.

(Contemporary 3611) Los Angeles, 12-9-62.

Jazz Scene USA.phineas-newborn-jr-jazz-scene-usa

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Al McKibbon (b) Kenny Dennis (dr)

Start Program / Phineas Newborn Jr.Trio / Theme For Basie / Lush Life / Blues For The Left Hand Only / New Blues / Oleo.

(Shanachie 6313)

Los Angeles, 1962.


The Newborn Touch.The Newborn Touch.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Frank Butler (dr)

A Walkin’Thing / Double Play / The Sermon / Diane / The Blessing / Grooveyard / Blue Daniel / Hard To Find / Pazmuerte / Be Deedle Dee Do / Good Lil’Man / Be Deedle Dee Do.

(Contemporary M 3615)

Los Angeles, 1-4-64.


Please Send Me Someone To Love.Please Send Me Someone To Lov

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Frank Butler (dr)

Please Sen Me Someone To Love / Rough Ridin’ / Come Sunday / Bretwood Blues / He’s Real Gone Guy / Black Coffee / Little Niles / Stay On It / Harlem Blues / Sweet And Lovely / Little Girl Blue / Ray’s Idea / Stella By Starlight / Tenderly / Cookin’At The Continental.

(Contemporary S 7622)

Los Angeles, 12-13 Febbraio 1969.

Harlem Blues.phineas-newborn-jr-harlem-blues

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Ray Brown (b) Elvin Jones (dr)

Harlem blues / Sweet and lovely / Little girl blue / Ray’s idea / Stella by starlight / Tenderly / Coolin’ at the Continental.

(Contemporary S7634)

Los Angeles, 12-13 Febbraio 1969.


Solo Piano.Solo Piano.

Phineas Newborn (piano solo)

Together Again / Medley: Serenade In Blue, Where Is The Love / Medley: Lorraine’s Walk, Willow Weep For Me / Nica’s Dream / Medley: Goodbye,  Flamingo / Medley: Live And Love, One For Horace / Bouncing With Bud / Menphis Blues / The Midnight Sun Will Never Set / Out Of This World / Medley: Giant Steps, Everything I Have Is Yours, When Is The Love.

(Atlantic 7667-82727) Menphis, Gennaio 1974.

Solo Piano.

Phineas Newborn (piano solo)

Medley: Stompin’ At The Savoy, Easy Living, How High The Moon, The Breeze And I / Medley: Nature Boy, Day Of Wine And Roses / Confirmation / It Might As Well Be Spring / Love Me Or Leave Me / Temptation.

(L+R 45020) Menphis, 1975.

Live From Los Angeles.

Bobby Bryant, Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Freddy Hill (tp) Lou Blackburn, Billy Byers, Pete Myers, Ernie Tack (tb) Oliver Nelson (ss-dir-arr) Gabe Baltazar, Frank Strozier (sa) Billy Perkins, Tom Scott (st) Jack Nimitz (sb) Mel Brown (g) Frank Stazzeri (p) Monty Budwig (b) Ed Thigpen (dr)

Miss Fine / Milestones / I Remember Bird / Night Train / Guitar Blues / Down By The Riverside / Ja-Da.

(Impulse 84225) Marty’s On The Hill, Los Angeles, 1-3 Giugno 1967.

Back Home.Back Home.

Phineas Newborn (p) Ray Brown (b) Elvin Jones (dr)

Sugar Ray / Ill Wind / Watch What Happens / No Moon At All / Back Home / On Green Dolphin Street / Pamela / Love For Sale.

(Contemporary P 13241)

Los Angeles, 17-18 Settembre 1976.


Look Out – Phineas Is Back.Phineas Is Back_

Phineas Newborn (p) Ray Brown (b) Jimmy Smith (dr)

Salt Peanuts/The Man I Love/You Are The Sunshine Of My Life/Abbers Song/ Amarindo Blues/ Night In Tunisia/Sometimes I’m Happy/Donald’s Drea.

(Pablo 231801)

Los Angeles, 7-8 Dicembre 1976.


Phineas Is Genius.Phineas Is Genius

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Allen Jackson (b) Clarence Johnson (dr)

Our Delight / Little Darling / Sugar Ray / Tin Tin Deo / Round About Midnight / Theme For Basie / To The Bullet Train / Manteca / Blues For The Left Hand Only.

(Philips RJ 7420)

Sankei Hall, Osaka, 5-9-77.

Montreux Jazz Festival.

Phineas Newborn Jr., Jay McShann, John Lewis, Hank Jones (p)

Where Is The Love / Shelly’s Suite / Lush Life / Oleo / Blues For Left Hand (Trane’s Blues) / Nica’s Dream / Twelfth Street Rag / Sweet Lorraine / Softly As In A Morning Sunrise / Afternoon Paris.

(inedito) Montreux, 13-7-79.

Montreux Jazz Festival.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Joe Beck (g) Ray Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (dr)

Polka Dots And Moonbeams / Rough Ridin’ / Sugar Ray / I Got Rhythm / Real Gone Guy / Salted Peanuts / Lorrain’s Walk / Walkin’.

(inedito) Montreux, 14-7-79.

Tivoli Encounter.Tivoli Encounter.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Jesper Lundgaard (b) Bjorne Rostvold (dr)

Lady Be Good / Don’t Blame Me / Daahoud / Billie’s Bounce – Walking / Sweet And Lovely / On Green Dolphin Street / Nica’s Dream / Trees – Tea For Two / Oleo / Night In Tunisia / I’ll Remember April.

(Storyville 8221)

Copenhagen, 16-7-79.


C Jam Blues.C Jam Blues.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Ray Brown (b) Marvin Smitty Smith (dr)

C Jam Blues / The Champ / Body And Soul / Take The A Train / Harlem Blues / Sophisticated Lady / Bye Bye Blackbird.

(Paddle Wheel 22 OR 50511)

Los Angeles, 2-4 Settembre 1986.


I’ve Something To Say.I’ve Something To Say.

Phineas Newborn Jr. (p) Jamil Nasser (b) Tony Reedus (dr)

Not Really The Blues / One For Horace / Bag’s Groove / Bag’s Groove / Embraceable You / Jate (From Rochella’s Suite parte IV) / Satin Doll / I’ve Something Top Say / Twelfth Street Rag / Everything I Have Is Yours.

(Emarcy 20PJ 10148)

New York, 11-12 Novembre 1987.



Gruppo swing svizzero fondato nella cittadina di Neuchatel, sul modello della “Bob Crosby’s Bob Cats”. Ha iniziato a suonare nel 1930 ma la sua prima apparizione pubblica è avvenuta nel 1934 e nel 1936 ha adottato il suo nome. Ha vinto un premio ad un festival per dilettanti a Bruxelles nel 1938 ed al 1940 ha iniziato a registrare per la Elite Special di Zurigo. I componenti sono Claude de Coulon (tb) Charles Wilhelm (cl) Marco Junod (p) Paul Girad (b) Roger De Pasquier (g) e Giovanni Marcozzi (dr) Nel 1943 si sono aggiunti Charles Matthey (tp) Raymond Blum (tb) Paul Judod (b) Ha preso parte anche a trasmissioni radio.



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