Phineas Newborn Jr.(3)

October 20, 2016

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After he moved to Los Angeles in 1960, he recorded his typical piano trio albums for the Contemporary label.

However, some critics didn’t evaluated his prodigious technique on his recording.

As a specific example,I will quote the past article of Jazz profiles by Steven Cerra.Go here

As the late Jazz writer, Leonard Feather, pointed out in his liner notes to Phineas Newborn, Jr.: A World of Piano [Contemporary LP S-7600; OJCCD 175-2]:

“There has always been a tendency among music experts, and by no means only in jazz, to harbor misgivings about technical perfection. The automatic-reflex reaction is: yes, all the notes are there and all the fingers are flying, but what is he really saying? How about the emotional communication?

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But Leonard Feather was evaluating the equivalent to Art Tatum and Buddy Defranco about his prodigious technique.

I guess some critics evaluated jazz musician by an emotional expression than a terrific technique.

Here is Phineas Newborn Jr. Trio plays “Domingo”.

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