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J.R. Monterose

Frank Anthony Monterose Jr. (”J.R.” is simply a corruption of the Junior) is a native of Detroit, where he was born in 1927. He is not, however, a Detroiter by any other token than the accident of birth, for before he was old enough to talk, let alone blow a horn, he was transplanted by his family to Utica, N.Y., which has been home base ever since.

J.R.'s musical studies were centered mainly on the clarinet; he had very little formal saxophone training. The first great influences were Coleman Hawkins and the late Chu Berry; but “the real inspiration that decided me to take up tenor seriously rather than clarinet or alto was, believe it or not, Tex Beneke.”

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Albums

J.R. Monterose: J.R. Monterose
J.R. Monterose: J.R....
Blue Note Records
2008
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J.R. Monterose Quartet Complete Studio recordings
J.R. Monterose...

2008
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[no cover]
T. T. T
Blue Note
1999
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[no cover]
Bebop Loose & Live
Blue Note
1982
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[no cover]
And A Little Pleasure
Blue Note
1981
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[no cover]
Body And Soul
Blue Note
1970
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Videos

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