The instrumentation and gentlemanly postures on the cover of The Mastersounds certainly hint at a band who tried to work the same territory as the Modern Jazz Quartet. Once voted best new small combo by the Down Beat Critics’ Poll, the group eventually disbanded in 1960 but reconvened to record the two sessions featured here. Indeed, one can hear the same formality as the MJQ in the Mastersounds, but the problem is that the approach isn’t really all that captivating. One can rest assured that no one broke a sweat while recording these tunes, as austerely as they are played. Working over a set of drowsy standards, the quartet achieves a level of subtlety that ensures that everything begins to sound the same by the third track. Only Monk Montgomery, who plays upright bass instead of the electric bass shown on the cover, threatens to be something more special, with an unexpected wealth of artful soloing time. The MJQ was never a real hard-hitting band either, but the Mastersounds managed to reach new levels of blandness in their brief tenure.
Track Listing: Golden Earrings; People Will Say We're In Love; (There Is) No Greate Love; West Coast Blues; Medley: I've Never Been In Love Before/ Don't Blame Me; I Could Write A Book; Whisper Not; Fink, Fank, Funk; It Could Happen To You; Try It; Alone Together; For Now; Surrey With the Fringe On Top.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.