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Album Review

The second album by the Mastersounds (which has not yet been reissued on CD) features the popular quartet (vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery, pianist Richie Crabtree, electric bassist Monk Montgomery and drummer Benny Barth) exploring virtually all of the main themes to the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. Best-known among the songs are "Getting to Know You," "Hello Young Lovers" and "We Kiss in a Shadow," although most of the other tunes (which include "Something Wonderful," "Dance of the Siamese Children" and "Shall We Dance") are also quite memorable. The Mastersounds turn the music into jazz, but they keep the melodies in mind during their solos. The results are both respectful and swinging, well worth searching for by fans of the vibes quartet sound and the score of The King and I.


Formed: 1957

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery and electric bassist Monk Montgomery (1921-1982) came together to form the Mastersounds (a melodic and easy listening bop group) with pianist Richie Crabtree and drummer Benny Barth in 1957. The band caught on for a few years, cutting ten records in four years for Pacific Jazz, World Pacific, and Fantasy. Wes Montgomery appeared on one of their 1958 albums, a set of songs from the play Kismet. After the group disbanded in 1961, they had a brief reunion...
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  • 7,92 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 19 September 1957

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