Duke Ellington

Happy Reunion

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Happy Reunion Review

by Scott Yanow

This LP consists of two small-group sessions led by Duke Ellington. From 1957 four numbers feature a septet with trumpeter Clark Terry and altoist Johnny Hodges while the remainder of this set is from 1958 and finds tenor-saxophonist Paul Gonsavles showcased in a quartet. A particular highlight is hearing Gonsalves play 31 choruses on "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" in this setting.

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