Tete Montoliu

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born on 28/3/1933 in Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

died on 24/8/1997 in Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

Tete Montoliu

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Vicenç Montoliu i Massana,[1] better known as Tete Montoliu (28 March 1933 – 24 August 1997) was a jazz pianist from Catalonia, Spain. Born blind, he learnt Braille music at age seven. His styles varied from hard bop, through afro-cuban, world fusion, to post bop. He recorded with Lionel Hampton in 1956 and played with saxophonist Roland Kirk in 1963. He also worked with leading American jazz musicians who toured in, or relocated to Europe including Kenny Dorham, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Lucky Thompson, and Anthony Braxton. Tete Montoliu recorded two albums in the US, and recorded for Enja and Soul Note in Europe.[2]


Montoliu was born blind, in the Eixample district of Barcelona, and died in the same city. He was the only son of Vicenç Montoliu (a professional musician) and Àngela Massana, a jazz enthusiast, who encouraged her son to study piano. Montoliu's first experimenting with the piano took place under the tuition of Enric Mas at the private school for blind children that he attended from 1939 to 1944. In 1944, Montoliu's mother arranged for Petri Palou to provide him with formal piano lessons.

From 1946 to 1953 Montoliu studied music at the Conservatori Superior de Música de Barcelona, where he also met jazz musicians and became familiar with the idiom in jam sessions. During the early stages of his career, Montoliu was particularly influenced by the music of U.S. jazz pianist Art Tatum, although he soon developed a distinctive style. (Coincidentally, Tatum was also impaired with extremely limited vision). Montoliu began playing professionally at pubs in Barcelona, where he was noticed by Lionel Hampton on 13 March 1956. Montoliu toured with Hampton through Spain and France and recorded Jazz Flamenco, setting off a prolific international career.

In the 1960s, Montoliu played in various concerts at New York and established collaborations with drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Richard Davis. During the 1970s, Montoliu travelled extensively throughout Europe, consolidating his reputation as a main referent in the hard bop movement. During the 1980s, he played in numerous concerts, collaborating with jazz players such as Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, George Coleman, Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Hank Jones, Roy Hargrove, Idris Muhammad and Jesse Davis, among others.

In 1996, shortly before his death, Spain paid public tribute to Montoliu for his fifty-year career in jazz.[3]


  • 1965: A Tot Jazz (Concentric)
  • 1965: A Tot Jazz/2 (Concentric)
  • 1966: Tete Montoliu Presenta Elia Fleta (Concentric) with Elia Fleta
  • 1968: Piano for Nuria (SABA)
  • 1969: Tete Montoliu Interpreta a Serrat (Discophon)
  • 1971: Body & Soul (Enja)
  • 1971: That's All (SteepleChase) released 1985
  • 1971: Lush Life (SteepleChase) released 1986
  • 1971: Songs for Love (Enja) released 1974
  • 1971: Recordando a Line (Discophon)
  • 1973: Temas Latinoamericanos (Ensayo)
  • 1974: Catalonian Fire (SteepleChase)
  • 1974: Music for Perla (SteepleChase)
  • 1974: Tete! (SteepleChase)
  • 1974: Vampyria (BASF) with Jordi Sabatés
  • 1976: Tête à Tete (SteepleChase)
  • 1976: Tootie's Tempo (SteepleChase, released 1979)
  • 1976: Words of Love (SteepleChase, [1978])
  • 1977: Blues for Myself (Ensayo)
  • 1977: Meditation (Timeless) with George Coleman
  • 1977: Yellow Dolphin Street (Timeless)
  • 1977: Secret Love (Timeless)
  • 1977: Boleros (Ensayo)
  • 1978: Catalonian Folksongs (Timeless)
  • 1979: Al Palau (Zeleste-Edigsa)
  • 1979: Live at the Keystone Corner (Timeless, released 1981)
  • 1979: Lunch in L.A. (Contemporary)
  • 1980: Boston Concert (SteepleChase)
  • 1980: I Wanna Talk About You (SteepleChase)
  • 1980: Catalonian Nights Vol. 1 (SteepleChase, released 1981)
  • 1980: Catalonian Nights Vol. 2 (SteepleChase, released 1985)
  • 1980: Catalonian Nights Vol. 3 (SteepleChase, released 1998)
  • 1982: Face to Face (SteepleChase, [1984]) with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
  • 1984: Carmina (Jazzizz)
  • 1986: The Music I Like to Play Vol. 1 (Soul Note)
  • 1986: The Music I Like to Play Vol. 2 (Soul Note, released 1989)
  • 1988: Orquestra Taller de Músics de Barcelona amb Tete Montoliu (Justine)
  • 1989: New Year's Morning '89 (Fresh Sound) with Peter King
  • 1989: Sweet 'n Lovely 1 (Fresh Sound, released 1991) with Mundell Lowe
  • 1989: Sweet 'n Lovely 2 (Fresh Sound, released 1991) with Mundell Lowe
  • 1990: The Music I Like to Play Vol. 3 (Soul Note)
  • 1990: The Music I Like to Play Vol. 4 (Soul Note, released 1992)
  • 1990: The Man from Barcelona (Timeless)
  • 1991: A Spanish Treasure (Concord Jazz)
  • 1992: Catalonian Rhapsody (Alfa)
  • 1992: Music for Anna (Mas i Mas)
  • 1995: Tete en la Trompetilla: En Vivo (SRP Discos)
  • 1995: Tete Montoliu en El San Juan (Nuevos Medios)
  • 1996: Montoliu Plays Tete (DiscMedi)
  • 1996: T'Estimo Tant (DiscMedi)
  • 1997: Palau de la Musica Catalana (DiscMedi)
  • 1997: Per Sempre Tete (DiscMedi)
  • 1997: Momentos Inolvidables de una Vida (Fresh Sound)
  • 2005: Jazz en Espana (Rtve)

As sideman

With Anthony Braxton

  • In the Tradition (SteepleChase, 1974)
  • In the Tradition Volume 2 (SteepleChase, 1974 [1977])

With Núria Feliu

  • Núria Feliu with Booker Ervin (Edigsa, 1965) with Booker Ervin

With Dexter Gordon

  • Cheese Cake (SteepleChase, 1964 [1979])
  • King Neptune (SteepleChase, 1964 [1979])
  • I Want More (SteepleChase, 1964 [1980])
  • Love for Sale (SteepleChase, 1964 [1981])
  • It's You or No One (SteepleChase, 1964 [1983])
  • Billie's Bounce (SteepleChase, 1964 [1983])
  • Bouncin' with Dex (SteepleChase, 1976)

With Eddie Harris

  • Steps Up (SteepleChase, 1981)

With Rahsaan Roland Kirk

  • Kirk in Copenhagen (Mercury, 1963)
  • Dog Years in the Fourth Ring (32 Jazz, 1997) – appears on one track only

With Charlie Mariano

  • It's Standard Time Volume 1 (Fresh Sound)
  • It's Standard Time Volume 2 (Fresh Sound)

With Jordi Sabatés

  • Tot l'Enyor de Dema (Edigsa, 1976)

With Archie Shepp and Lars Gullin

  • The House I Live In (SteepleChase, 1963 [1980])

With Buddy Tate

  • Tate a Tete (Storyville, 1975)
With Lucky Thompson
  • Soul's Nite Out (Ensayo, 1969)

With Ben Webster

  • Ben Webster Meets Don Byas (MPS, 1968) with Don Byas
  • Ben Webster in Hot House (Hot House, 1972 [1979])
  • Gentle Ben (Ensayo, 1972)


  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ "Tete Montoliu Biography". Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cincuenta años de un genio cercano" El País. 11 March 1996. http://elpais.com/diario/1996/03/11/cultura/826498804_850215.html

External links

  • Tete Montoliu Discography at www.JazzDiscography.com
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