Great Times!

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Great Times!
Studio album by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
Released 1950
Recorded September 13, October 3 & November, 1950
Genre Jazz
Length 35:42
Label Riverside
Duke Ellington chronology
The Carnegie Hall Concerts: December 1947
(1947)
Great Times!
(1950)
Masterpieces by Ellington
(1951)

Great Times! is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington's featuring duet performances with his arranger and musical partner Billy Strayhorn originally recorded for the Mercer label in 1950 and later released on Riverside with tracks from an additional session with Oscar Pettiford.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars calling it "quite fascinating... most memorable. Intriguing music".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

:All compositions by Duke Ellington except as indicated

  1. "Cotton Tail" - 2:55
  2. "C Jam Blues" (Barney Bigard, Ellington) - 2:58
  3. "Flamingo" (Edmund Anderson, Ted Grouya) - 3:00
  4. "Bang-Up Blues" - 3:08
  5. "Tonk" (Ellington, Strayhorn) - 2:59
  6. "Johnny Come Lately" (Strayhorn) - 3:01
  7. "In a Blue Summer Garden" (Ellington, Strayhorn) - 4:06
  8. "Great Times" - 2:56
  9. "Perdido" (Juan Tizol) -2:57
  10. "Take the "A" Train" (Strayhorn) - 2:20
  11. "Oscalypso" (Oscar Pettiford) - 2:44
  12. "Blues for Blanton" - 2:36
  • Recorded in New York on September 13 (tracks 9-12), October 3 (tracks 5-8) & November (tracks 1-4), 1950

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic Review accessed May 25, 2010