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  • Audio CD (9 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: American Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B006A9XRQ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On this album Phineas Newborn leads two trios. These are not "regular" groups but brought together for the puroses of recording only. The first trio features Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones from the then Miles Davis quintet, the second Sam Jones and Louis Hayes from Cannonball Adderley's quintet.

Phineas has been compared to Art Tatum because he has the ability to play fast. He often received unfavourable criticism for this, and some of his music was regarded facile. He reacted badly to this criticism and fell into depression resulting in some lengthy stays in hospital. This means he is recorded less than he deserves.

This treasure has a fine selection of tunes (none "originals") of varying pace and emotion. We have Gillespie's Latinesque "Manteca" and Strathorn's "Lush Life" along with tunes by Parker, Rollins, Silver and others.

This album deserves to be much better known. I give it 4 stars simply because in the great world of jazz recordings there a few better. 4 stars is a great compliment. It is a delight to listen to, and a perfect showcase for one of jazz's greatest pianists.
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One of my favourite pianists and one of his findst sets of recordings. leaving aside a few 'clams' in the intro.to the otherwise magnificent 'Manteca', everything here is perfect, notably a version of 'Lush Life' which is the finest I have ever heard, by anyone.
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This album now quite old is a classic for all jazz piano fans. It rates as a one of the finest ever recorded and should be a must for any collection.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e7a7774) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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HASH(0x9e88c90c) out of 5 stars The History of Jazz Piano all on one record! 1 Nov. 1998
By Stephen Burnside - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was thirteen years old when my mother bought the original vinyl recording of this CD in 1962. I was captivated from the moment she first played it. I knew, even at my young age, that we were listening to something extraordinary. I played the groves off that record, and if it is possible I'll probably play the bits off this CD. If you like Jazz Piano and want to listen to a master you need to get this CD! Pay particular attention to Phineas' rendition of the Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn composition "Lush Life". Newborn opens it with a quote from Ravel's Sonatine.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e88ca5c) out of 5 stars Non-stop Swing 2 April 2004
By Ren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For all his amazing technical abilities, Phineas is tragically obscure, even within the jazz circle. The jazz books I've read make no mention of Phineas Newborn, Jr, and that is a real shame. Because he is a truly remarkable player, on par and maybe even above Oscar Peterson. And this album showcases Phineas extremely well. I have owned this album for a little more than a year now, and I still play it very often. It is one of my favorite jazz albums that I own.
Every performance on this CD is incredible. Tracks like "Cheryl" and "Oleo" show that Phineas can dazzle you at fast tempos, while performances like "Lush Life" and "For Carl" show that Phineas can play very beautifully. "Lush Life" is one of my favorite tracks on this CD. And for medium swinging gospel-flavored performances, look to his sassy rendition of "Juicy Lucy" (originally by Horace Silver). He also delves into Latin jazz with Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca", which is difficult to make interesting on a piano, but Phineas conquers it. There is a wide variety of styles and tempos to be found here, and Phineas shows that he can master them all.
This is an album that will stick with you. I found it very accessible, very swinging, and very impressive. It is diverse without losing the flow an album must have. I was not sure what to expect when I bought this album. But I'll tell you what to expend: greatness. If you're even just getting interested in jazz, I think this album is essential to any jazz fans collection.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d0ad20) out of 5 stars Must-have jazz cd! 15 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
World of Piano is definitely one of the most complete cd's i own. It ranges from songs that fly by like Oleo, to the incredible ballad interpretation of Lush Life. Earlier Phineas recordings just showed off his unbelievable talent, but this album shows off his amazing musicianship as well. With all-star trios, he is backed up by some of the best. The album really swings...Phineas Newborn has a drive like i've never heard in any other piano player. He's able to use both hands to create a masterpiece...this album captures him in his prime, a rare opportunity to hear the memphis-born piano genius with all the stops out. Other suggestions: Great Jazz Piano, Solo Piano, and Harlem Blues (and Here is Phineas if you want to be blown away completely).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e63b4b0) out of 5 stars Dazzling 28 April 2014
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Newborn's fourth album as a leader and like every other album on which he led or supported his playing is simply dazzling. Although there are no sound samples on this page (at the time of this review) you can hear these tracks by going to this compilation - The Very Best of Phineas Newborn Jr. - and running through the sound samples for tracks 3, 7, 8, 15, 19, 20, 22 and 23.

While Newborn's playing is ample reason to grab this album, his skills as a composer are evidenced by three songs on the album that he composed: Juicy Lucy, For Carl and Cabu. The remaining tracks are covers of some great songs that allow him to stretch out and show his virtuoso piano chops. These range from some fiery bebop numbers by Bird and Diz, to a gorgeous rendition of Billy Strayhorn's Lush Life.

The first four tracks were recorded at Contemporary's Los Angeles studio on October 16, 1961. Newborn is backed by Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The remaining tracks were recorded in the same studio on November 21, 1961 with Newborn backed by Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums.

If you are a fan this is one of the essential albums to own. If you are a pianist and are just now exploring Newborn be prepared for some jaw dropping moments.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e88ce34) out of 5 stars OLD MASTER.. 28 Aug. 2013
By PAMELA HORN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
OUTSTANDING!
I JUST DISCOVERED HIM. LIKE FINDING A BURIED TREASURE
SOUND QUALITY, PERFECT.
I'M LEARNING TO PIANO, AND HIS EXAMPLE IS INVALUABLE.
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