Great Times!

Great Times! is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington's featuring duet performances with his arranger and musical partner Billy Strayhorn originally recorded for the Mercer Records label in 1950 and released on a 10" LP called Piano Duets. The sessions were re-released on Riverside as Great Times! in 1984 with tracks from an additional session with Oscar Pettiford.

Great Times!
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Studio album by
Released1950
RecordedSeptember 13, October 3 & November, 1950
GenreJazz
Length35:42
LabelRiverside
Duke Ellington chronology
The Carnegie Hall Concerts: December 1947
(1947)
Great Times!
(1950)
Masterpieces by Ellington
(1951)
Billy Strayhorn chronology
Great Times!
(1950)
Cue for Saxophone
(1959)

ReceptionEdit

The AllMusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars, calling it "quite fascinating... most memorable. Intriguing music".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings    [2]

Track listingEdit

:All compositions by Duke Ellington except as indicated

  1. "Cotton Tail" - 2:55
  2. "C Jam Blues" (Barney Bigard, Ellington) - 2:58
  3. "Flamingo" (Edmund Anderson, Ted Grouya) - 3:00
  4. "Bang-Up Blues" - 3:08
  5. "Tonk" (Ellington, Strayhorn) - 2:59
  6. "Johnny Come Lately" (Strayhorn) - 3:01
  7. "In a Blue Summer Garden" (Ellington, Strayhorn) - 4:06
  8. "Great Times" - 2:56
  9. "Perdido" (Juan Tizol) -2:57
  10. "Take the "A" Train" (Strayhorn) - 2:20
  11. "Oscalypso" (Oscar Pettiford) - 2:44
  12. "Blues for Blanton" - 2:36
  • Recorded in New York on September 13 (tracks 9-12), October 3 (tracks 5-8) & November (tracks 1-4), 1950

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b AllMusic Review accessed May 25, 2010
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1348. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)