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Tete Montoliu's abilities as a pianist are overlooked by many jazz fans because few of his recordings were readily available outside of Europe during his lifetime, though they are generally all worth hearing. This trio date with bassist Eric Peter and Peer Wyboris, two of his most frequent sidemen, was recorded in 1965 for the Spanish label Concentric and subsequently reissued on CD by Fresh Sound in 1993. His unusual approach to "Stella By Starlight" has many faces, including slow ballad, uptempo bop, and funky blues. Kenny Dorham's "Scandia Skies" is a spirited waltz that is gradually transformed into a showcase for Montoliu's formidable technique. He is at his most lyrical in his interpretation of J.J. Johnson's "Lament," while Charlie Parker's "Au Privave" showcases the artist at his most playful. Recommended.


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...
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