This compilation combines the final two studio recordings by the Mastersounds (Swinging With the Mastersounds and A Date With the Mastersounds), minus one track, as all of the music wouldn't fit on a single CD. Vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery and his brother Monk Montgomery (on acoustic bass, rather than electric bass as shown on the cover photo) are joined by pianist Richie Crabtree and drummer Benny Barth for music that ranges from the laid-back take of "Golden Earrings" to a driving "People Will Say We're in Love" to an understated arrangement of "Whisper Not." This quartet primarily falls into bop, though it can be considered cool on several of the tracks due to its often reserved but melodic nature. The music is enjoyable, though not especially innovative. Since few of their recordings have been reissued in the CD era, the re-emergence of these two nearly complete sessions should be welcomed.
The Mastersounds Review
by Ken Dryden