Drummer Roy Haynes with Phineas Newborn Jr.: "We Three"
CiTR -- The Jazz Show
We begin the month of November with a group of 4 Jazz Features that when first issued received dismissive reviews from the esteemed Jazz critics of publications like Down Beat and related magazines, Three of the four this month are now considered classics and essential listening. First up is an album that initially got 2 stars out of 5. This is a superb piano trio date led by still living drum master Roy Haynes. Roy picked the great Paul Chambers on bass but most importantly the leading voice here is piano virtuoso Phineas Newborn Jr. Phineas today is considered along with Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett etc, one of the world's greatest Jazz pianists. His mastery is so evident on this recording and it's his playing that makes this album called "We Three" a classic piano trio date. The chemistry between the three men is amazing and it's like they have played together for years rather than just a few gigs before this recording. The critics were wrong on this one as this music rated 41/2 or 5 stars out of 5! Enjoy it tonight.
Episode 2 - Phineas Newborn Jr; Richard Galliano and Sylvain Luc
Max Holmberg and Josh Hou discuss Phineas Newborn Jr’s “Please Send Me Someone to Love” (1969) and “La Vie en Rose” by Richard Galliano and Sylvain Luc (2015), things they’ve been practicing, and Seattle jazz happenings in February 2018.Phineas Newborn Jr, Please Send Me Someone to Lovehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Please_Send_Me_Someone_to_Love_(album) https://www.amazon.com/Please-Send-Me-Someone-Love/dp/B000000Z3W/Richard Galliano and Sylvain Luc, La Vie en Rosehttp://www.richardgalliano.com/en/album-music/la-vie-en-rose/ https://www.amazon.com/Vie-En-Rose-Richard-Galliano/dp/B01K8QNXXQ https://open.spotify.com/album/3m0hb87jguKqGf0itIra7A\https://play.google.com/music/m/Bfunacdst6vidborbmbedxxvfn4?t=La_Vie_En_Rose_-_Richard_Galliano__Sylvain_Luc
Trumpet ace Howard McGhee with Phineas Newborn Jr.: "Maggie's Back In Town".
CiTR -- The Jazz Show
Howard McGhee was one of the first trumpeters to play the new Jazz music of the 40s called Bebop. Howard came out of several big bands and played with Coleman Hawkins and even more importantly, Charlie Parker during Parker's time in California in 1946/47. McGhee was at the top of his game when he returned to New York and made some historic recordings with his friend Fats Navarro in the McGhee/Navarro Boptet. The 50s were up and down for McGhee and he made some good albums but was also dealing with a heavy drug problem which led to arrests and such. He emerged in the late 50s and began recording for various labels and was a member of James Moody's little band. McGhee was back! In 1961 he made the Jazz Feature recording we'll be hearing. It's called "Maggie's Back In Town". "Maggie" is Howard's nickname. Howard picked the genius of the piano, Phineas Newborn Jr. and bass great Leroy Vinnegar and on drums the creative Shelly Manne for this fine date made up of a few originals and standards all well chosen. It's one of McGhee's most personal dates and demonstrates his unique style which while modern has traces of "old school" trumpet playing. Maggie at his best. Tonight we celebrate his birthday...March 6, 1918. McGhee died in 1987 at age 69.
In this episode, we discuss the melting pot of Memphis' musical history and how it gave rise to one of the all-time great jazz pianists: Phineas Newborn Jr. Though little known today outside of jazz circles, in his prime Newborn was frequently compared to Art Tatum and Bud Powell while also being acknowledged as one of the most talented musicians working and recording.
Phineas Newborn Jr. was one of the finest pianists in jazz history, but his short career was dogged by physical and mental illness and he is now a somewhat obscure figure. In the wake of several recent reissues of Newborn's work, Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights and to reappraise this largely forgotten genius of the piano.