- Released: January 14, 1992
- Label: Original Jazz Classics
- 1.Theme for Basie
- 2.New Blues
- 3.Way Out West
- 6.This Here
- 8.Prelude to a Kiss
- 9.Well, You Needn't
Recorded in 1961 and 1962. Originally released on Contemporary (7611).
Personnel: Phineas Newborn Jr., Leroy Vinnegar, Milt Turner, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes.
Personnel: Phineas Newborn, Jr. (piano); Turner, Louis Hayes, Milt Turner (drums).
Liner Note Author: Lester Koenig.
Recording information: Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (11/21/1961/09/12/1962); Los Angeles, CA (11/21/1961/09/12/1962).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Leroy Vinnegar; Louis Hayes; Sam Jones; Milt Turner.
This recording lives up to its title. In his prime, Phineas Newborn had phenomenal technique (on the level of an Oscar Peterson), a creative imagination, and plenty of energy. These trio sessions (with Leroy Vinnegar or Sam Jones on bass and either Milt Turner or Louis Hayes on drums) feature Newborn displaying plenty of heat and fresh ideas on compositions by Bud Powell, Bobby Timmons, Benny Golson, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, and Miles Davis (along with two of his own). This is piano jazz at its highest level. ~ Scott Yanow