Phineas Newborn, Jr.

Phineas Newborn, Jr.

For weeks, the CD reissue of Phineas Newborn, Jr.'s 1961 album A World of Piano! has been propped up near my computer as a reminder to post something about him. It is neither his birthday (December 14, 1931) nor the anniversary of his death (May 26, 1989), and no recently discovered Newborn recording has been released, but we need no special occasion to remember his astonishing talent. Because he was sporadically troubled by emotional instability, Newborn's career was spotty. He never got the … [Read more...]