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Jeremy Monteiro: Sings

Read "Sings" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Singapore's King of Swing, as pianist Jeremy Monteiro is fondly known in the Lion City-state, has been plying his professional craft since 1976. Since then, Monteiro has played thousands of gigs, many of those with the likes of James Moody, Jimmy Cobb, Michael Brecker, Benny Golson, Charlie Haden, Jay Anderson and Ernie Watts. Talk about paying your dues. When you add to that list Simon and Garfunkel and English troubadour Earl Okin, it is fair to say that this is ...

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Jeremy Monteiro & Alberto Marsico: Jazz-Blues Brothers

Read "Jazz-Blues Brothers" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


You could go a long time without hearing a keyboard and organ duo. Some may remember an explosive recording featuring Michel Petrucciani and Eddy Louiss, Conference du Presse, recorded live in Paris in 1994. What a treat, hard bop from what might seem an unlikely place. You can find it online. This is a pretty fair recording too, if not quite Petrucciani and Louiss, who basically swapped inventive choruses. What you have here is a little ...

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Jeremy Monteiro: Live at No Black Tie

Read "Live at No Black Tie" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Kuala Lumpur (capital of Malaysia) is not on the tip of everyone's tongue as a jazz audience or recording destination. However that might be under reconsideration with the release of Live At No Black Tie , a live trio session headed by Singapore pianist Jeremy Monteiro, accompanied by two American jazz notables, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Lewis Nash. In this nine track outing, Monteiro and his cohorts deliver a full bodied take on some jazz standards along with a ...

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Jeremy Monteiro, Jay Anderson, Lewis Nash: Live At No Black Tie

Read "Live At No Black Tie" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Forty-five albums in as many years represents remarkable consistency from pianist Jeremy Monteiro—Singapore's King of Swing. It is worth recounting that Monteiro has played with the likes of Charlie Haden, Benny Golson, Toots Thielemans, Cassandra Wilson, both Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker, James Moody, Eldee Young and, for over thirty years, with Ernie Watts. Oh yes, Monteiro can swing alright, as this live recording in the stellar company of Jay Anderson and Lewis Nash amply demonstrates. Recorded in ...

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Jeremy Monteiro & Alberto Marsico: Jazz-Blues Brothers

Read "Jazz-Blues Brothers" reviewed by Ian Patterson


There can't be many bands with a piano and an organ in the front line. There are few better exponents of Hammond organ--actually a KeyB--than Alberto Marsico ("I've never heard anybody do it better than Alberto"--Joey DeFrancesco) while Jeremy Monteiro--widely considered as the best jazz pianist in Asia--has cut it with James Moody, Michael Brecker, Jimmy Cobb, Toots Thielemans and, for twenty seven years with Ernie Watts. This is a summit meeting indeed. Guitarist Eugene Pao, drummer Shawn Kelley and ...

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Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet: Live at the Living Room Jazz Festival, Bangkok

Read "Live at the Living Room Jazz Festival, Bangkok" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The name says it all; four of Asia's leading jazz musicians--Singaporean pianist/organist Jeremy Monteiro, Philippine saxophonist Tots Tolentino, Hong Kong guitarist Eugene Pao and Thai drummer, Hong Chanutr Techatana-nan--combine to produce a powerful, electro-acoustic jazz fusion which draws inspiration from the Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart trio. Recorded at the Living Room, Bangkok during a month-long jazz festival in June 2011 to celebrate the venue's tenth anniversary, this recording captures the quartet in exuberant mood. After thirty years ...

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Jeremy Monteiro: Golden Year Inaugural Volume 1

Read "Golden Year Inaugural Volume 1" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Jeremy Monteiro has come a long way since starting out as a professional jazz pianist when not quite seventeen, back in 1977. As a leader, he's recorded over twenty albums, though it wasn't until Homecoming (Jazznote, 2007) that he released one of all-original compositions. A fine interpreter of The Great American Songbook, Monteiro is also a notable composer in his own right, as this compilation, Golden Year Inaugural Volume 1, demonstrates. Released as part of his fiftieth birthday celebration, the ...

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Organamix: Groovin' at Groove Junction

Read "Groovin' at Groove Junction" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The Hammond organ is 75 this year. The classic Hammond B3 model has had an illustrious half century and the story of jazz is studded with famous practitioners. Since the B3 came off the production line in the 1970s it has been replaced by clone-wheel models using advanced sound modeling technology, which have the advantage of being much easier to transport than the 250kg B3 and accompanying rotor speaker. Importantly, as the B3 becomes a museum piece the sound thankfully ...

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Jeremy Monteiro: Homecoming

Read "Homecoming" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Jeremy Monteiro has recorded around twenty albums in two decades, yet surprisingly this is the pianist's first offering of entirely original compositions in fourteen years. They confirm, however, what anyone who has seen him in concert already knows: firstly, that he writes sensitive, well-crafted tunes, and secondly, that as a pianist he is at the top of the tree.

Ably supported by his regular trio members, Syracuse, New York drummer Shawn Kelley and Melbourne bassist Belinda Moody, and ...


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