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  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Label: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 GRP Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 58:41
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  • ASIN: B001KS8VXY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,311 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have to politely disagree with the other reviewer as this to me is the album that I started off quite liking, when I first bought it as a recent Pat Metheny fan in the early 90s, but which has only grown better and better with the years. The mark of good compositions is that they can continue to surprise us with new depths and details even after many listenings. I write this having just given another, more recent Burton album, Departure, another outing. This later album is very sunny, and just right for driving with the windows down in the fine weather we are enjoying just now, and indeed includes a couple of killer tracks. But I am forced to conclude that it is a far more compositionally tame affair, being a straight ahead treatment of standards, that drifts dangerously close at times to middle of the road, despite the presence of the normally edgy John Scofield. This album, Reunion, on the other hand is far richer. It's the same smooth jazz that is Burton's accustomed domain, but it's boundaries push more robustly into more distinctly modern territory.

I don't hear this as Metheny's album at all. What I hear is Burton as first among some very fine equals. I don't find the fact that none of the tracks are written by Burton is really an issue, because the arrangements are. And quite a few of the compositions are of great sophistication and demand correspondingly accomplished arrangements. Perhaps it requires a bit more careful listening for these depths to reveal themselves? I know that the album took time and patience to grow for me, with each track taking its own time to reveal its full richness.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julian Stevens on 12 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Despite what the amazon listing says, there's no sign here of Chick Corea, Roy Haynes or Dave Holland. The support band are Pat Metheny (guitars), Mitchel Forman (keyboards), Will Lee (bass) and Peter Erskine (drums) and, if you ask me, this is more a Metheny album featuring Gary Burton than the other way round. Mr Burton didn't pen a single one of the album's 11 tracks either. Credits in that department go to Pat Metheny, Mitchel Forman, Vince Mendoza and somebody called Polo Orti, of whom I've never heard. So really, although this is an album billed as being by Gary Burton, it isn't. Apart from playing vibes, the only other thing Mr Burton did was produce.

It's okay, I guess and every once in a very long while I pick it off the shelf for a spin, but it's nothing particularly special and, despite the effusive testimonial from Mr Burton's one time protege Pat Metheny, he's hardly the world's best known vibes player. Mike Mainieri and Dave Samuels, I suggest, are both better known and have behind them more notable series of albums, Dave Samuels, of course, in the company of the ever popular Spyro Gyra, whose sound he helped define in their early days. Being on the GRP (executive producers Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen), the overall quality of this project is satisfactory, but musically it's merely....fair to middling.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
great in so many ways 12 Sep 2000
By Andrew Grobengieser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've owned this CD for a number of years, and I never tire of it.
The assemblage here of Burton, Pat Metheny, Mitch Forman, Peter Erskine, and Will Lee is a perfect match for the material. The selections are smartly written and expertly played, and at the same time extremely listenable and accessible.
I've often played this CD for friends and family who are not into jazz, and they always love it. This is a different sort of "smooth jazz" than what the so-labeled radio stations feed us. Strong writing, great improvisation, and superb production really combine well here.
A CD that will appeal to both serious jazz fans and smooth-jazz ears.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Phenomenal Collaboration... 16 Jun 2006
By Edward R. Kriege - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gary Burton is arguably the greatest vibraphonist ever. Where others (Hampton, Jackson) have been great stylists, Burton revolutionized the way the instrument is played. His collaborations with Corea and Metheny have set duet standards, and this reunion album reminds us how creatively powerful Burton and Metheny are together. Having just heard them together again at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago on June 15th 2006 I can testify that their musical potency and dialogue is only getting stronger. I have my fingers crossed for a "Re-reunion" album!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Interesting One-Off 24 April 2007
By Bradley F. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pat Metheny played with vibist Gary Burton as a young guy from Berklee, and this reunion pairs them on a program of pleasant improvisations. It sounds a lot like a mid-career Pat Metheny album, which is to say pretty good, indeed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Reunion" - Burton's and Metheny`s masterpiece 17 July 2012
By Volodymyr Bilyk - Published on Amazon.com
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A great work of 2 great musicians (bass and drums are also cool :)), especially interesting evolution of M&B's thinking since their "Passengers" album (1977). All song are great, and title song "Reunion" is really a masterpiece. From my point album is one of the best Burton's works ever, Pat's "end of 80s" sound is amazing. Album is my personal favourite during last 20 years.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a desert island cd 10 Feb 2009
By John M. Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording is the ultimate in Metheny-Burton collaborations. Burton is an incredibly good musician...totally underrated, and Metheny may be less underrated but one of the greatest jazz musicians ever. And kudos to Will Lee and Mitch Foreman. I love this recording....it's one of my desert island cds.
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