Happy Reunion

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Happy Reunion
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1964
Recorded March 1957 & June 24, 1958
Genre Jazz
Length 33:35
Label Sony
Producer Duke Ellington & Bill Putnam
Duke Ellington chronology
The Cosmic Scene
(1958)
Happy Reunion
(1956-8)
Newport 1958
(1958)

Happy Reunion is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded in 1956 and 1958 but not released on the Sony label until 1985.[1] The album features two small group sessions led by Ellington and recorded in Chicago.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 2½ stars and stated "A particular highlight is hearing Gonsalves play 31 choruses on "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" in this setting".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

:All compositions by Duke Ellington except as indicated

  1. "Way Back Blues" (Count Basie) - 3:25
  2. "Where's the Music?" - 3:11
  3. "Rubber Bottom" - 2:48
  4. "Play the Blues and Go" - 4:32
  5. "In a Mellow Tone" [Take 1] (Ellington, Milt Gabler) - 3:14
  6. "In a Mellow Tone" [Take 2] (Ellington, Gabler) - 2:58
  7. "Happy Reunion" [Take 1] - 3:26
  8. "Happy Reunion" [Take 2] - 2:42
  9. "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue (The Wailing Interval)" - 7:20
  • Recorded at Universal Studios, Chicago on March 19, 1956 (tracks 1-4) and June 24, 1958 (tracks 5-9).

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed May 10, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 10, 2010