Matas Torres

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because...My uncle listened to jazz records when he took care of me while I was a child. When I was about 15 years old I made copies of all his albums. That's how I started. I was first exposed to jazz...Listening live to Tete Montoliu in "La Cova del Drac" a local Barcelona that no longer exists. I met [musician name]...Many Catalan Jazz musicians but no great international figure in person. Now I have done many photographs to my favorite musicians, such as Joe Pass, who, by the way, already died. The best show I ever attended was...A "clandestine" concert by Monty Alexander that I was able to attend some time ago. The first jazz record I bought was..."Session At The Riverside" A lot of musicians: Bass – Milt Hinton Clarinet – Peanuts Hucko Drums – Arvell Shaw Guitar – Art Ryerson Liner Notes – Bill Coss Piano – Lou Stein Reeds – Earl Warren*, Jerry Jerome Tenor Saxophone – Coleman Hawkins Trombone – Lou McGarity, Urbie Green Trumpet – Billy Butterfield, Charlie Shavers Recorded May 25, 1956 (C) & (P) 1986 Pausa Records Inc My advice to new listeners...Start with simple topics. It does not have to be When The Saints ... with Louis Armstrong but maybe, the stream of jazz known as "mainstream" and their musicians, of great quality are good to start. Or whatever else you have in mind.Love the music! All kind of music. Jazz is not better, rock is not the best, opera is not the best, folk music is not the best. There is only good and bad music!