The Music I Like to Play, Vol. 4
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||Bluesology||Tete Montoliu||4:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sophisticated Lady||Tete Montoliu||7:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Way You Look Tonight||Tete Montoliu||5:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Soul Eyes||Tete Montoliu||8:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||All the Things You Are||Tete Montoliu||4:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Nancy (With the Laughing Face)||Tete Montoliu||5:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fair Weather||Tete Montoliu||4:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||If I Should Lose You||Tete Montoliu||5:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Up Jumped Spring||Tete Montoliu||4:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Tete Montoliu's final solo piano CD, which was also his last release for Soul Note, is the fourth of an excellent series for the label. Mixing standards, swing, bop, and hard bop compositions, Montoliu consistently comes up with imaginative treatments. His rollicking take of Milt Jackson's "Bluesology" is followed by a lyrical arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady," though the latter piece incorporates a few uptempo Oscar Peterson-like runs. His choppy reworking of "All the Things You Are" borders on the avant-garde at times, though his version actually should be described as post-bop. He shows a bit of playfulness in his approach to the ballad "Nancy With the Laughing Face." Benny Golson's "Fair Weather" is the least familiar tune, though it has previously turned up on landmark releases like Art Farmer's Modern Art, which Montoliu alludes to in his rendition. Although Montoliu would record several additional CDs after this session, this is easily one of his most essential releases.
Born: March 28, 1933 in Barcelona, Spain
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s