J. R. Monterose (album)

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J. R. Monterose
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Studio album by J. R. Monterose
Released 1956
Recorded October 21, 1956
Genre Jazz
Label Blue Note 1536
Producer Alfred Lion
J. R. Monterose chronology
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J. R. Monterose is the debut album by American saxophonist J. R. Monterose recorded in 1956 and released on the Blue Note label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "J. R. Monterose's first session as a leader was a thoroughly enjoyable set of swinging, straight-ahead bop that revealed him as a saxophonist with a knack for powerful, robust leads in the vein of Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins... In fact, the quality of the music is so strong, J. R. Monterose qualifies as one of the underappreciated gems in Blue Note's mid-'50s catalog".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by J. R. Monterose except as indicated
  1. "Wee-Jay" - 6:56
  2. "The Third" (Donald Byrd) - 5:15
  3. "Bobbie Pin" - 8:03
  4. "Marc V" - 6:30
  5. "Ka-Link" (Philly Joe Jones) - 9:01
  6. "Beauteous" (Paul Chambers) - 5:24
  7. "Wee-Jay" [alternate take] - 7:17 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Blue Note Records discography accessed November 2, 2010
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed November 2, 2010
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 145. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.