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The Mastersounds Play Compositions by Horace Silver. Ballads & Blues + In Concert Import

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The Mastersounds were together from January 1957 up until late 1960, and although they were often compared to the Modern Jazz Quartet, they played with far more fire. Their basic conception was less "highbrow" than the MJQ floating workshop. Vibist Monk Montgomery, who acted as spokesman of the group, said, "The first thing, it must swing," and they stuck to that credo throughout the three albums that make up this splendid example of their work. The first, Play Horace Silver was considered one of their best efforts on record. It takes notable talent to play Silver s compositions and, while respecting the qualities that tie Silver's works so closely to the central core of jazz, to put a distinctively personal brand on them as The Mastersounds managed to do. On the second, Ballads and Blues the group s playing is striking throughout. Buddy Montgomery cooks, pianist Richie Crabtree displays a firm, almost classical touch, with formidable technique and ideas, while Monk Montgomery's skill on electric bass is pre-eminent. He and drummer Benny Barth provide sympathetic and driving support, contributing some fine solos of their own. In Concert, the third album on this set, was recorded live at the Pasadena Junior College on April 1959, and produced some polished, graceful performances. Playing a nice selection of finely crafted arrangements, the group displayed the kind of synergy rarely achieved in working relationships, while compromising not one whit on their ability to play with heat and swing.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ecaroh
  2. Enchantment
  3. Nica's Dream
  4. Doodlin'
  5. Moonrays
  6. Buhania
  7. Blues Medley
  8. Heidi
  9. Little Stevie
  10. Solar

Disc: 2

  1. Mint Julep
  2. How Deep Is the Ocean
  3. The Champ
  4. Monk s Ballad
  5. Light Blue


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 7, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fresh Sound Records
  • ASIN: B004MLNU8W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Because the covers are almost the same, be sure to buy this edition. It is a 2 CD set with the contents of the Horace Silver album plus 2 more. All three albums are treasures. It's the same instrumentation as the Modern Jazz Quartet, but with more life and propulsion. You can't imagine the Mastersounds performing in tuxedos! These are some truly fine and adventurous musicians. Modern Fender Bass players should go to school on the way Monk Montgomery plays the instrument. The 3 albums in one CD case is a real steal.
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I'm a mastersounds addict. I heard them doing Kisment and the King and I on CD. Then I bought the record of Flower Drum Song, and digitalized it. I've purchased all the recordings I could find. Nothing has let me down. I just love their soft style, creative arranging. And this has opened the door for me to their brother, Wes. OMG. Lovin' it.
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