Evocative piano portraits from Phineas Newborn
– played in an illustrative style that's mighty nice! Newborn
's got a touch on the keys that's like few other players we can think of – rich and full, yet without being too flowery or sentimental – a really nice balance that stands out best at this key point in his career. Trio backing is important to the sound, too – thanks to sensitive drum work from Roy Haynes, and very subtle bass from John Simmons. Titles include "Star Eyes", "Golden Earrings", "For Left Hand Only", "Chelsea Bridge", and "Caravan".