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Tete Montoliu

Vicenç Montoliu i Massana, better known as Tete Montoliu (Barcelona, ​​March 28, 1933 – ibid., August 24, 1997), was a Spanish jazz pianist and composer, the first to transcend borders and reach international level. His style is heavily influenced by artists such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

Blind from birth, he began to play the piano from his earliest childhood, influenced by a family with a great musical vocation. He starts out in the world of jazz attracted by the music of Art Tatum, another great blind pianist, and Earl Hines.

His professional career began in May 1954, as a pianist in the orchestra of Venezuelan bolero singer Lorenzo González. At the Hot Club in Barcelona, ​​where he frequently plays with the saxophonist Don Byas, he meets Lionel Hampton, who incorporates him into a recording of his in 1956.

Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton was dazzled by the expressiveness of Tete Montoliu, who then made a living playing in an obscure Barcelona pub. The American musician invited him to join his band’s European tour. Since then, he has played with great jazz monsters: saxophonists John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster and Stan Getz; trumpeter Chet Baker; drummer Elvin Jones and violinist Stephane Grappelli among others.

In 1958, Tete Montoliu performs for the first time outside of Spain, in Cannes, accompanied by Art Taylor and Doug Watkins.

In the 1960s, he frequently played in Berlin, alongside Albert Mangelsdorff, Chet Baker, Sahib Shihab, and Herb Geller, as well as in Copenhagen, alongside Dexter Gordon, Archie Shepp, Kenny Dorham and Roland Kirk, among others.

In 1967, he recorded with Richard Davis and Elvin Jones, in the United States, for Impulse! (although these recordings were never released on an album) and, back in Europe, he published several albums as accompanist and as director.

He returned to the United States twice (1979 and 1980), and worked with Bobby Hutcherson, Ben Webster, Lucky Thompson, Anthony Braxton and George Coleman, with whom he also made various recordings. He also plays with musicians like Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Stan Getz and Stéphane Grappelli. In Spain, he performs a large number of sessions together with Núria Feliu, or with his inseparable trio: the one formed with the double bass player Horacio Fumero and the drummer Peer Wyboris.

In 1996, he received a national tribute at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid on the occasion of his 50 years in the world of jazz, with Tom Harrell and Gary Bartz, among others.

Among his main recordings, more than sixty, stand out Body & Soul (1971), Tete a Tete (1976), The Music I Like To Play (1986), The Man From Barcelona (1990) and Testimo tant (1995).

The last trio concert with Horacio Fumero and Peer Wyboris was held at the Nova Jazz Cava on March 6, 1997 during the 16th Terrassa Jazz Festival. As a result of this last performance, the CD ‘Per semper Tete’ was published posthumously (Discmedi, 1997).

Tete Montoliu died on August 24, 1997, in Barcelona at 11:40 a.m. at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, ​​at the age of 64, a victim of lung cancer. After his death, the Biennial Tete Montoliu Jazz Awards were created.

Tete Montoliu developed his way of playing based on the influence of Bud Powell and, to a lesser extent, Lennie Tristano, although he achieved a personal style, percussive, full of swing and very bluesy, which made him the most international figure in jazz. Spanish, and in a companion claimed by American figures passing through Europe. His role on the Spanish scene is similar to that of Martial Solal on the French scene.

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