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This solo session, recorded the same day as a trio date (Catalonian Fire) for Steeplechase, features the blind Spanish pianist in top form. Montoliu is fully in the hard bop camp, and his dazzling right hand and walking basslines give a rather strikingly different sound to standards such as "Yesterdays," "Here's That Rainy Day," and "Imagination." Another surprise is clarinetist Perry Robinson's "Margareta," a piece that Montoliu recorded on two other albums. The remaining tracks are all originals, none of which became very well-known, but all of which are quite enjoyable. Beautifully recorded in a bright-sounding studio with a first-rate piano, this CD is a great example of Tete Montoliu's abilities early in his recording career.


Born: 28 March 1933 in Barcelona, Spain

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

An outstanding veteran pianist from Spain, Tete Montoliu was born blind. He learned to read music in Braille when he was seven and developed impressive technique on piano. He recorded with Lionel Hampton in 1956, had his first session as a leader in 1958, and played with the touring Roland Kirk in 1963. Through the years, he also worked with such visiting Americans as Kenny Dorham, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Lucky Thompson, and even Anthony Braxton. Tete Montoliu's visits to the U.S. were very infrequent,...
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