A strangely compelling montage of tracks from the musical Kismet. Brothers Buddy and Monk Montgomery
are joined here by brother Wes
– then an emerging star on guitar, and a strong addition to the set, one who expands the sound past the usual exotic chamber groove laid down by the combo. Titles include "Fate", "Olive Tree", "And This Is My Beloved", "Not Since Nineveh", and "Stranger In Paradise". The King And I is a strange batch of titles played by one of the stranger groups of the late 50s, but the record works nicely – possibly because Rodgers & Hammerstein's tracks are a good forum for the group's mix of soul jazz and lyrical mysticism. Monk Montgomery
plays an early Fender bass, Buddy Montgomery
's on vibes, Richie Crabtree plays piano, and Benny Barth plays drums. The highlight is a great version of "Dance Of The Siamese Children", one of those odd show tunes that gets picked up often by jazz players, and turned into a completely different vehicle. Other titles include "Shall We Dance", "We Kiss In The Shadows", "My Lord & Master", and "I Have Dreamed".