He always had the touch. You can tell it’s him in a couple of notes. Strong, solid, clear. He played the piano like he invented it himself and wanted to show you how beautiful it sounded. He knew where each note was and never had to think which one was perfect in any particular moment.
Autumn in New York
He was Catalonian from Barcelona, like Mompou, and, blind from birth. He always wore sunglasses and a beret. Actually, he didn’t need a beret, his playing said it all. He learned to read music in braille at age 7.
Blues for Coltrane
He played with Don Byas at 13 and became the pianist all the American bop greats would call, when they toured Europe. This means that in addition to the many albums of his own that he recorded over a 50 year career, he also is on record with players like Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, George Coleman, and a bunch of others. In addition to standards and classic tunes, he would often play native Catalonian folk songs, which create a unique world of melody and harmony.
Cigales al ven