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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Bobby Hutcherson & Tete Montoliu - Köln 1991

More great piano playing, this time by Catalanian pianist Tete Montoliu, in duo with vibes player Bobby Hutcherson.
A friend of mine maintains a great discography of Tete's recordings, and there's Miquel Jurado's book "Tete. Casi Autobiografia" (Madrid, 2005 - in Catalan only, I'm afraid).
In the discography, you'll see that Tete and Hutcherson played Bracknell in 1983 and did a 1984 session for Fantasy, recording enough for two albums - none of it has surfaced, alas (and with Concord owning that huge catalogue, things are lost and down the drain anyway).
This 1991 radio recording - coming in exceptionally good quality - from Cologne then is probably the best document we'll get from their collaboration. A truly sparkling session!

Bobby Hutcherson & Tete Montoliu
Köln (Germany), Subway Jazz Club
November 6, 1991

Bobby Hutcherson - vibraphone
Tete Montoliu - piano

1. Mr. P.C. (John Coltrane) > In Walked Bud (Thelonious Monk) 7:19
2. Misterioso (Thelonious Monk) 8:22
3. Well, You Needn't (Thelonious Monk) 8:16
4. Theme For Ernie (Fred Lacey) 6:51
5. Just a Gigolo (Casucci-Caesar) > April in Paris (Vernon Duke) 7:29
6. Blues Five Spot (Thelonious Monk) 6:44
7. Monk's Mood (Thelonious Monk) 2:16
8. Rhythm-A-Ning (Thelonious Monk) 6:34
9. All of You (Cole Porter) 8:31

TT: 62:26

Sound: A
Source: FM broadcast or pre-FM reel

This is a complete upgrade over the version I previously had put to CD-R from an FM >DAT source. The sound is perfect and there are no interruptions from the announcer, thus leading me to believe that this could be direct from the soundboard or pre-FM source.
This is true spontaneous improvisation by two giants highly attuned to each other. Essential


ubu said...


Part 1
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Preslives said...

This really is a fabulous concert. I recommend it highly. A friend of mine sent it to me a few years ago. I was already a big Butcherson fan, but came away a big Tete fan as well. The musical interplay here is really fantastic: two genius minds at work.

NickS said...

A little late with a comment, but thanks for this music.
I was drawn to this because I'm a big vibes fan but TM was a big surprise to me as well.

nick said...

Thanks, ubu! This looks phenomenal. I'm really looking forward to this.

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chuchuni said...

Ubu, just for the record, Jurado´s book is also (and mainly) available in spanish. Thanks for this boot !

Reza said...

Thought I'd join in :)