The Mastersounds

The King and I

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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.

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