The outstanding Catalan jazz pianist, whose real name was Vicenç Montoliu i Massana 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 and in 1944 engaged his piano teacher, Petri Palou. Before that, Montoliu had his first piano lessons with Enric Mas at the private school for blind children that he attended from 1939-1944 where he learned to read music in Braille.
From 1946 till 1953 he studied music at the Conservatori Superior de Música de Barcelona, where he met his first jam session fellows. Don Byas arrived in Barcelona in 1947 and introduced Tete to the Bebop style.
On March 13, 1956 he met the vibraphonist Lionel Hampton in a jam session in Barcelona. Montoliu toured with Hampton through Spain and France, had his first session as a leader in 1958 , and played with the touring Roland Kirk in 1963. Through the years, he also worked with such visiting Americans as Kenny Dorham, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Lucky Thompson, and even Anthony Braxton.
On this LP, recorded in November 1973, of Brasilian themes he is joined by Alberto Moraleda on bass, Miguel Ángel Lizandra on drums and Pedro Díaz on percussion.
1) Generique-Manhã De Carnaval-Samba De Orfeu (From 'Black Orpheus')
2) Girl From Ipanema-Corcovado-Samba De Uma Nota So
3) Mulher Rendeira (Theme From 'O Canganceiro')-Bahía-Brasil
4) Canto De Ossanha-Ola-So Danço Samba