Tete Montoliu Trio – Catalonian Rhapsody (1992) [Japan 2017]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:40 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,11 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,15 GB
This wonderful studio date by the talented Catalonian blind pianist Tete Montoliu was recorded in his native Barcelona in March of 1992, but until now it had been only available on a long out of print CD issued in Japan by the Alfa Jazz label shortly after being recorded. The renowned VENUS label presents it back again for everyone to enjoy. Tete is backed by New Orleans drummer Idris Muhammad, and Netherlands born bassist Hein Van de Geyn, and the program features a selection of Catalan traditional songs, plus two versions of songs by the remarkable Joan Manuel Serrat (“Words of Love”, which Tete recorded on several other occasions, and the more seldom heard “My Street”), and one Montoliu original, “I Don’t Smoke Anymore”.
Tete Montoliu (1933-1997) was a bebop-oriented pianist from Barcelona whose influences included Bud Powell, Al Haig, Lennie Tristano, Oscar Peterson, and Wynton Kelly as well as Art Tatum and Bill Evans. He began to be recognized outside of Spain in the late 1950s, recording with Lionel Hampton in 1956 and playing with the touring Roland Kirk in 1963. He also worked with Kenny Dorham, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Lucky Thompson, and Anthony Braxton, and eventually became one of the most celebrated jazz pianists in Europe.
Catalonian Rhapsody is a very special album Tete recorded in his late period. This recording, which took place in Barcelona in 1992, captured Tete playing traditional Catalonian melodies in a trio setting, supported by bassist Hein Van de Geyn and drummer Idris Muhammad. This great album is now remastered by Venus Records and presented to jazz fans with superb sound quality.
01. The Lady From Aragon
02. Catalonian National Anthem
03. Three Young Ladies
04. The Singing Of The Birds
05. Song Of The Robber
06. Words Of Love
07. Don’t Smoke Anymore
08. My Street
Tete Montoliu – piano
Hein Van de Geyn – bass
Idris Muhammad – drums
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Albert Moraleda.
Recorded on March 8, 1992 at Albert Moraleda Studio in Barcelona, Spain.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-265.