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Friday, August 03, 2007

Tete Montoliu - now on dime

I just put up some short Tete shows on dime:

Tete Montoliu Trio - Leverkusen 1993-10-17
Tete Montoliu Solo - Hamburg 1994-10-11
Tete Montoliu Solo & Trio - Marciac 1987-08-14
Tete Montoliu Solo - Marseille 1983-07-24

Tete Montoliu (Vicente Montoliu Massana) was born March 28, 1933 and died August 24, 1997. He was a great piano player from Spain. He did lots of good recordings, many of them for the Danish Steeplechase label.
A friend of mine compiled a discography that's online here:
Of course I did help as much as I could. To my knowledge, the discography will need a major update and hence will become even better!

During his career, Tete played with many great musicians, Americans and Europeans, such as Lucky Thompson, Dusko Goykovich, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Chick Corea, Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Herbie Lewis, Billy Higgins, David Murray, Jackie McLean, Ben Webster, Peter King, Roland Kirk, and many many more. However, his best discs I find, are usually his trio or solo albums. I can't really name a favourite disc, but if you want to check Tete out, you may go for "Catalonian Fire", "Tootie's Tempo", Dusko's "Ten To Two Blues" (also known as "After Hours"), or his album with Lucky Thompson, "Soul's Nite Out".

There's a good book on Tete, written by Miquel Jurado: "Tete. Quasi Autiobiografia" (first edition by Pòrtic Proa, Barcelona, 1998 - I received a copy of the Spanish translation from said friend).

There's also a modest wiki entry.

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