Reunion (Gary Burton album)

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Studio album by Gary Burton
Released January 23, 1990 (1990-01-23)
Recorded May 6–10, 1989
Studio Studio A, Power Station, New York City
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 58:35
Label GRP
Producer Gary Burton
Gary Burton chronology
Times Like These
Right Time, Right Place
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Reunion is a 1989 album by Gary Burton, reuniting him with guitarist Pat Metheny for their first recordings in almost 13 years. Both have been called prodigies. Burton joined George Shearing's group in 1963 at the age of 19. He met Metheny at the Wichita Jazz Festival in 1973 when Metheny was 18 years old. After welcoming him as a teaching colleague at the Berklee College of Music, he hired Metheny for the newly expanded Gary Burton Quintet in 1974.[2]

Metheny left Burton's group in 1977 to form his own quartet with Lyle Mays. The two had virtually no contact with each other until, in early 1988, the organizers of the Montreal Jazz Festival contacted Burton. They told him that Metheny was the festival host and invited Burton to join him onstage. "My apprehension was immediately erased when I saw how easy it was for us to play together, even after 12 years," said Burton.[2] This led to their collaboration on Reunion.

Track listing[edit]

On the vinyl LP:

Side A[edit]

  1. "Autumn" (Polo Orti) – 4:24
  2. "Reunion" (Mitchel Forman) – 5:15
  3. "Origin" (Mitchel Forman) – 6:31
  4. "Will You Say You Will" (Vince Mendoza) – 4:55
  5. "House on the Hill" (Pat Metheny) – 5:40

Side B[edit]

  1. "Panama" (Paul Meyers) – 5:38
  2. "Chairs and Children" (Vince Mendoza) – 5:55
  3. "Wasn't Always Easy" (Pat Metheny) – 5:06
  4. "The Chief" (Pat Metheny) – 4:16
  5. "Tiempos Felice (Happy Times)" (Polo Orti) - 4:13
  6. "Quick and Running (Polo Orti) - 6:42



  • Gary Burton – producer
  • Dan Gellert – assistant engineer
  • Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen – executive producers
  • Recorded and mixed by Rob Eaton



Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1990 Top Jazz Albums 1



  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Reunion - Gary Burton | AllMusic". Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Liner notes from GRP Records GR-9598
  3. ^

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