When Newborn emerged on the national scene in 1956 he was hailed as a coming superstar because of his great chops. His facility when playing the same lines simultaneously with both hands particularly impressed people. Newborn was always fun to listen to when he cut loose and was identifiable because very few pianists could play with his speed, and his octave unison work was also a trademark. However, beyond this he never developed a distinctive style. Bud Powell’s influence on him is apparent and his work is also similar to Oscar Peterson’s, although this may be because both he and Peterson drew on the same influences.
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