Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Montana brings beauty to Philly soul

Occasionally you'll hear a piece of music and one of the musicians seems to tower over the rest.
VINCENT MONTANA, JR., does that for me on "MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE" by Philadelphia soul legends MFSB.
MFSB was the primary instrumental outfit in Philadelphia, linked with numerous productions by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
Critic Steve Huey writes:
" MFSB provided backing on a bevy of Philadelphia International hits, most prominently for the O'Jays and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, as well as other Philly soulsters like the Stylistics and the Spinners."
The collective included vibraphonist Montana, and his work punctuates such classics as "La La Means I Love You" by the Delfonics, "992 Arguments" by the O'Jays, "Betcha By Golly Wow" by the Stylistics and "Me and Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul, among many others.
More than just another color from the musical palette, Montana's vibes are at the forefront of "My One and Only Love."
I played the song twice yesterday just to hear Montana's work.
He brought stunning beauty to soul music.


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