Happy Reunion

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Happy Reunion
Happy Reunion.jpg
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)The Cosmic Scene1958
Happy Reunion
(1956-8)
Newport 1958
(1958)Newport 19581958

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
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 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