A Tot Jazz is the debut album by pianist Tete Montoliu recorded in 1965 and originally released on the Spanish label, Concentric.
“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/AllMusic.
“Stella By Starlight” (Victor Young, Ned Washington) – 9:12
“I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry” (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn) – 6:07
“Scandia Sky” (Kenny Dorham) – 4:30
“Fly Me to the Moon” (Bart Howard) – 8:09
“Lament” (J. J. Johnson) – 5:14
“Au Privave” (Charlie Parker) – 6:32
Tete Montoliu – piano
Erik Peter – bass
Billy Brooks – drums
Recorded: Summer 1965
Studio Barcelona, Spain