Buddy and Monk Montgomery, Ritchie Crabtree, and Benny Barth had an appropriate name for their band as they were truly masters of their instruments and they created some fine music. While Buddy Monk pioneered the electric bass in jazz, he and his brother Monk were also the brothers of legendary guitar player Wes Montgomery. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to me that I enjoyed this music so much being that half the group comes from the bloodline of the Montgomery family of jazz musicians.
This CD collection combines the final two studio recordings by the band "Swinging With the Mastersounds" and "A Date With the Mastersounds" (Note that the CD is minus "Noreen’s Nocturne" as all of the music would not fit on a single CD).
The vibes have always lent a subtle texture to the palette of jazz colors, thereby allowing a composition to become more relaxing and inviting. It is a beautiful sounding instrument. The piano, bass, and drums are often times mixed with the saxophone or trumpet in a jazz setting and tend to stand out more when a less aggressive instrument like the vibes is the lead instrument.
This is all great jazz music and very much full of the melody and gracefulness that it has always afforded its listeners. "Fink, Fank, Funk" sounds like an old friend coming home to visit, the familiarity of the beat is easy to recognize and you will find yourself tapping your toes to every wonderful note. In certainty, all of the tracks are like that. Every recording on this CD by this brilliant quartet is remastered for the most beautiful and clear sound bringing out the quintessential essence of each arrangement.