The Mastersounds

The Flower Drum Song

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The Mastersounds (vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery, pianist Richie Crabtree, electric bassist Monk Montgomery, and drummer Benny Barth) dig into themes taken from the Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway musical Flower Drum Song, plus Buddy's original song "A Flower." In general, the music is pretty and relaxed, but not too invigorating. None of the themes from the show ended up catching on. The Mastersounds, who cannot help sounding a bit like the Modern Jazz Quartet in spots, play quite well, but this LP falls short of being essential.

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