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Tete Montoliu

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Vicente Montoliu Massana, was born in Barcelona Spain in 1933.The son of a Barcelona symphony woodwinds player, he was born sightless. When he was seven, there were two events that shaped his life: he learned to read music in Braille and he heard recordings by Duke Ellington. Montoliu studied classical piano at the Barcelona Conservatory, and was known as a local piano sensation. His early interest in jazz was further stimulated when the great saxophonist Don Byas lived for a time in the Montoliu home. By age 17, Montoliu was leading jam sessions at a Barcelona theater.He made his international debut when he was invited on a European tour by Lionel Hampton in 1955, and in 1956 he recorded with the band

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Article: What is Jazz?

Coltrane's Progeny: Giant Steps for Late Beginners

Read "Coltrane's Progeny: Giant Steps for Late Beginners" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


For many listeners, the name John Coltrane is synonymous with the tune “Giant Steps." Whether or not you happen to agree with the proposition that this was the “greatest" or most important composition Coltrane ever recorded—for some, it would be “My Favorite Things," and for still others, “A Love Supreme." This is not an attempt, largely ...

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Article: Album Review

Adam Nolan: Prim and Primal

Read "Prim and Primal" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Tell you what. A lot of listeners have never been particularly big fans of free jazz. “It is difficult to understand." Really? “Formalism," said Sergei Prokofiev, “is the name given to music not understood on first hearing." This, recall, was a statement made in defense of Dmitri Shostakovich and his Fourth Symphony. This is not to ...

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News: Music Industry

Record Store Day 2021 Jazz Releases

Record Store Day 2021 Jazz Releases

Since its inception in 2007, Record Store Day has become an important event for record collectors around the world. Every year, limited edition runs of albums from a variety of different genres hit the shelves, and jazz is no exception. There are two 2021 Record Store Day drops planned: one on June 12 and the other ...

Article: Album Review

Javier Colina - Chano Domínguez: Chano & Colina

Read "Chano & Colina" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Sia Chano Domínguez che Javier Colina hanno dimostrato d'amare i confronti in duo. Ricordiamo i quelli recenti del primo con Stefano Bollani e con Paolo Fresu, più quelli passati col chitarrista Niño Josele (Chano & Josele), col pianista Federico Lechner e con la flautista Hadar Noirberg. Di Javier Colina ricordiamo i duo con i pianisti Tete ...

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Article: On and Off the Grid

Anthony and Me

Read "Anthony and Me" reviewed by Dom Minasi


When I was asked to write a column for All About Jazz, my question was what should I write about? I was told anything that was music-oriented.I decided that being a professional musician for more than fifty years, I could write about the things I care about, know about, have strong opinions about based ...

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Tete Montoliu Trio - If I Should Lose You

Featuring the music of Tete Montoliu
Duration: 9:11

Tete Montoliu: Piano; Herbie Lewis: Double Bass; Billy Higgins: Drums - Recorded Live in Germany 1990.
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Article: Book Excerpts

Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club

Read "Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club" reviewed by Sascha Feinstein


This article appears in the preface of Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club by Kathy Sloane (Indiana Univ. Press, 2011). The Keystone Legacy I enjoy imagining jazz clubs as I listen to live recordings, and if those sessions took place at venues I've known, I find it downright difficult not to ...

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Article: Interview

Ximo Tebar: Merging Sounds Into a Jazz Style

Read "Ximo Tebar: Merging Sounds Into a Jazz Style" reviewed by Josep Pedro


Musician, producer and director of his own music school, Ximo Tebar stands out as the main jazz figure in Valencia, Spain. His music and talent, however, have also given him an international stature as an excellent guitarist and composer. His frequent collaborations with some of the finest musicians in the jazz scene, the stylistic variety of ...

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Article: Unsung Heroes

Roland Hanna, Tete Montoliu, and Andre Previn

Read "Roland Hanna, Tete Montoliu, and Andre Previn" reviewed by Sean Dietrich


Throughout the line of musical history, certain pianists have changed the way audiences hear music. Musicians who dare to peek above a sea of bobbing heads, and create something unique. These specially cursed individuals have looked within themselves, and somehow added flesh to fantasy.While there are scores of brilliant pianists from years gone by, ...


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