Tete Montoliu (p), Eric Peter (b), Billy Brooks (d)
Reference: FSRCD 448
Bar code: 8427328604482
Late in the summer of 1965, the excellent performances of Tete Montolius trio at the club Jamboree in Barcelona had surpassed even the wildest expectations. The pianist, along with Eric Peter and Billy Brooks were at their creative best, so much so that, by fall, they recorded for the newly-formed label Concèntric. The immediate results were an album that went by the name 'A tot Jazz' the first jazz 12-inch LP to be produced in its entirety by a Spanish label and an EP single.
A year later, Concèntric released the second volume of 'A tot Jazz' using the remaining material from that recording session. You will find here, for the first time on a single CD, these two essential albums in the pianists extensive discography. Let's enjoy, once again, the fantastic performances of this legendary trio led by Tete Montoliu.
"Tete Montoliu's abilities as a pianist are overlooked by many jazz fans because few of his recordings were readily available outside of Europe during his lifetime, though they are generally all worth hearing. This trio date with bassist Eric Peter and Peer Wyboris, two of his most frequent sidemen, was recorded in 1965 for the Spanish label Concentric and subsequently reissued on CD by Fresh Sound in 1993. His unusual approach to "Stella By Starlight" has many faces, including slow ballad, uptempo bop, and funky blues. Kenny Dorham's "Scandia Skies" is a spirited waltz that is gradually transformed into a showcase for Montoliu's formidable technique. He is at his most lyrical in his interpretation of J.J. Johnson's "Lament," while Charlie Parker's "Au Privave" showcases the artist at his most playful. Recommended."
—Ken Dryden (All Music Guide)