Tete Montoliu - Piano For Nuria (1968/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 36:25 minutes | 747 MBStudio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover
The blind Spanish pianist Tete Montoliu was an international star; an original stylist with prodigious technique, he was one of the foremost hard bop pianists. Dedicated to Tete’s daughter, Blues for Nuria is a stunning original that mixes a taste of Monk, freewheeling dissonance, and the Catalonian’s turbulent hard bop style. Trunk’s bluesy waltz Tranquillogy features exhilarating piano and bass solos, and his Visca l’Ampurda twists and turns as a driving medium tempo underpins virtuoso solos. The trio swings hard on the medium-up standards Alone Together, and Speak Low, while Tete technically and emotionally astounds on his solo rendition of I Surrender, Dear. The album rides home with the Benny Golson jazz classic Stable Mates. If you’re not hip to Tete Montoliu, then this is a good album to get informed; if you’re already a fan, it’s a must! Great piano trio jazz.