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.
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- Recording: George Wallington - The Prestidigitator
- Recorded on: April 5, 1957
- Label: East West (4004)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin/swing (medium up)
- Tenor Sax - J. R. Monterose
- Piano - George Wallington
- Bass - Teddy Kotick
- Drums - Nick Stabulas
"The Prestidigitator" is the only George Wallington album on the East West label. A little less than six months earlier, J.R. was doing his own album for Blue Note "J.R. Monterose."
J.R.'s first Blue Note album was a live session with Kenny Dorham.
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...