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Tete Montoliu Trio, Billy Brooks & Eric Peter
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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
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s