- Released: June 23, 1993
- Label: OJC
- 1.A Walkin' Thing
- 2.Double Play
- 3.The Sermon
- 5.The Blessing
- 7.Blue Daniel
- 8.Hard to Find
- 10.Be Deedle Dee Do
- 11.Good Lil' Man
- 12.Be Deedle Dee Do - (alternate take, alternate version)
Personnel: Phineas Newborn Jr. (piano); Leroy Vinnegar (acoustic bass); Frank Butler (drums).
Personnel: Phineas Newborn, Jr. (piano); Frank Butler (drums).
Liner Note Author: Lester Koenig.
Recording information: Contemporary Records' Studio, l Ain Bou Kellal (04/01/1964); Los Angeles, CA (04/01/1964).
Photographers: Roger Marshutz; William Claxton.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Frank Butler; Leroy Vinnegar.
This CD reissue adds an alternate take and an unissued selection to the original program. Pianist Phineas Newborn's only recording of the 1963-1968 period, the trio outing with bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Frank Butler, finds Newborn's virtuosic style unchanged from the late '50s. As is usual on his Contemporary recordings, the pianist explores superior jazz compositions, in this case interpreting a song apiece by Benny Carter, Russ Freeman, Hampton Hawes, Art Pepper, Ornette Coleman ("The Blessing"), Carl Perkins, Frank Rosolino, Leroy Vinnegar, Jimmy Woods and Barney Kessel. Newborn's remarkable control of the piano was still unimpaired, and he is heard giving Oscar Peterson a run for his money. [Originally released in 1964, Newborn Touch was reissued on CD in 1994 and includes the bonus tracks "Good Lil' Man" and "Be Deedle Dee Do"; it was reissued again in 2006.] ~ Scott Yanow