Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Live in Albany 1979

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Live in Albany 1979

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J.R. Monterose

Live in Albany 1979

Uptown Records UPCD27.80

J.R. Monterose (ts) Hod O'Brien (p) Teddy Kotick (b) Eddie Robinson (d). Lark Tavern, Albany, NY, May 8, 1979

The Shadow of Your Smile/Ruby My Dear/Just Friends/Lu-An/Green Street Scene/I Should Care/Giant Steps. TT 74:14

J.R. Monterose is a musician who surely didn't get over recorded. Part of this was by chance but mostly by design. Although born in Detroit, his family moved to upstate New York when this artist was less than a year old. J. R. spent most of his life in that region. He did make a couple sojourns overseas, mostly Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark. He also worked around New York City for a time with Teddy Charles, Charles Mingus, Claude Thornhill and Kenny Dorham. However, he spent a lot of time in small clubs, such as the one where this recording originated. The irony of this recording is that the only surviving participant is Hod O'Brien. Hod has been around for a long time and is still playing regularly, mostly with his wife and talented daughter, both vocalists. Hod was working in New York City during the period known as the loft sessions. He has a history of being associated with the best. …

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