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Reunion (Gary Burton album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 23, 1990 (1990-01-23)
RecordedMay 6–10, 1989
StudioStudio A, Power Station, New York City
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerGary Burton
Gary Burton chronology
Times Like These
Right Time, Right Place
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]

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.[3]

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.[3] This led to their collaboration on Reunion.

Track listing

Side one:
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 two:
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" (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

Chart performance


Year Chart Position
1990 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 1


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Reunion - Gary Burton | AllMusic". Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  3. ^ a b Liner notes from GRP Records GR-9598

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