The Mastersounds

The Mastersounds

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The Mastersounds Review

by Ken Dryden

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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 09:46 Amazon
2 The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 06:09 Amazon
3 The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 05:35 Amazon
4 The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 05:25 Amazon
5 The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 08:32 Amazon
6 The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 05:16 Amazon
7 The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 06:43 Amazon
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The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 04:32 Amazon
9 The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 04:06 Amazon
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The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 05:48 Amazon
11 The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 04:48 Amazon
12 The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 05:06 Amazon
13 The Mastersounds feat: Benny Barth / Richie Crabtree / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery 05:23 Amazon
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