‘Harlem Blues’ By Phineas Newborn Jr’s (video)

mr newborn s harlem bluesBefore this posting we had not heard of Phineas Newborn Jr., let alone his glorious Harlem Blues recorded in New York City on February 12, 1969.

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His Harlem Blues, to us is not blues about Harlem at all, it’s a happy, upbeat celebration of Harlem’s spirit peppered with an almost gospel church like vibe.

Oscar Peterson said, “If I had to choose the best all-around pianist of anyone who’s followed me chronologically, unequivocally … I would say Phineas Newborn, Jr.

Here’s Phineas Newborn Jr’s, Harlem Blues with an all-star session features jazz greats Ray Brown and Elvin Jones on bass and drums respectively:

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