Tete Montoliu

Yellow Dolphin Street

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The blind pianist Tete Montoliu was a marvel to listen to, though most of his recordings were made for European labels which were poorly distributed in the U.S. This 1977 solo effort for Timeless finds him in top form. A pair of his original compositions are thinly disguised (but enjoyable) reworkings of standards, including "Yellow Dolphin Street" (adapted from "On Green Dolphin Street") and "I Hate You" (from Cole Porter's "I Love You"). But the pianist more than does justice to two great jazz ballads: Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday" and Tadd Dameron's "If You Could See Me Now." The highlight of the date may very well be his dazzling composition "Napoleon." Although this may be one of Tete Montoliu's more obscure recordings, it is also one of his finest.

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