Tete Montoliu (1933-1997), the son of a Barcelona symphony woodwinds player, was born sightless. When he was seven, there were two events that shaped his life: he learned to read music in Braille and he heard recordings by Duke Ellington. Montoliu studied classical piano at the Barcelona Conservatory. His early interest in jazz was further stimulated when the great saxophonist Don Byas lived for a time in the Montoliu home. At 17, Montoliu was leading jam sessions at a Barcelona theater. American musicians passing through Spain came to know his brilliance, and in 1956 he recorded with Lionel Hampton. The possessor of astonishing technique, Montoliu exhibited warmth, deep feeling, and humor in his playing. In the 1960s and '70s, he worked with an array of leading jazzmen including Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Dorham, Archie Shepp, and Ben Webster. He recorded copiously alone and with trios, almost always for European companies. Lunch in L.A., his only album for an American label, found him in 1979 in great form playing solo on standards and originals. Montoliu and one of his great admirers, Chick Corea, duet delightfully on "Put Your Little Foot Right Out."