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Phineas Newborn, Jr.: Here Is Phineas

Praised in some quarters for his “fabulous technique” and damned in others for his “lack of feeling,” Phineas (say “Finus”) Newborn, Jr. burst onto the NYC scene from Memphis like a sky rocket. Recorded in 1956 with his brother Calvin (unobtrusively) on guitar, Oscar Pettiford, and Kenny Clarke, this was made while Newborn was working opposite the Brown-Roach Quintet at Basin Street, which probably accounts for the inclusion of Brownie’s “Dahoud.”

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