Tete! – Tete Montoliu

tete1   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.

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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.

tete2   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.

tete3   Cigales al ven

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About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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One Response to Tete! – Tete Montoliu

  1. I’d been saving this to listen to and finally got back in time in my email queue to find Tete! What a sublime touch he had. Thanks, Ted!

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