A Date with the Mastersounds

The Mastersounds

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A Date with the Mastersounds Review

by Rick Anderson

The Mastersounds' final album together finds the group at the top of its form, delivering one more set of jazz standards and originals with the cool and understated elegance that won it so many fans in the late '50s and that paradoxically allowed it to fall into relative obscurity following its breakup in 1960. The disc opens with a gently swinging take on Benny Golson's "Whisper Not" and proceeds through a very pleasant set that also includes vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery's bluesy composition "For Now" and an almost ethereal rendition of the Lover's Lane standard "It Could Happen to You," finishing up with a completely charming romp through Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Surrey With the Fringe on Top." As always, Montgomery's vibes are the central attraction, though Richie Crabtree's piano offers many delights to those who can maintain focused interest despite the group's gently lulling playing style. [In 2002, A Date With the Mastersounds was reissued, minus one track, on a single CD with the entirety of Swinging With the Mastersounds.]