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My Blue Note Obsession

J.R. Monterose – Blue Note 1536

Read "J.R. Monterose – Blue Note 1536" reviewed by Marc Davis

J.R. Monterose is that rare bird at Blue Note Records--the guy who got one shot at leading a band, then practically vanished from the face of the earth. It's odd because the history of Blue Note is filled with famous guys (almost never gals) who took up residence and stayed just about forever. Think of Blue Note, and I think of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Smith, Horace Silver and Lee Morgan. Big names ...


Extended Analysis

J.R. Monterose: J.R. Monterose

Read "J.R. Monterose: J.R. Monterose" reviewed by Clifford Allen

J.R. Monterose J.R. Monterose Blue Note 2008

Tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose (Frank Anthony Monterose, Jr.) made only two appearances on Blue Note, both in 1956--one with trumpeter Kenny Dorham's Jazz Prophets recorded live at the Café Bohemia and the other as a leader of his own crack hard bop unit. It was an early ascendancy for Monterose, who had recorded with bassist Charles Mingus, vibraphonist Teddy Charles, and worked in the big ...


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