Jouons – J.R. Monterose

This uptempo song (the title means Play!) alternates Latin and swing. Though the changes are mostly II-V7s, there is no obvious key center.

J.R. Monterose

January 19, 1927 – September 26, 1993

A tenor saxophonist with a light though penetrating tone and a keen melodic and rhythmic approach, Monterose always brought something special to the bandstand or recording studio. He played extensively with Buddy Rich, Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham (he recorded with the latter pair) and pianist George Wallington, but he was mostly a leader. Read more...

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