Those of you familiar with the The Dave Brubeck Octet (OJCCD-101-2) are aware of the writing and playing of tenor saxophonist Dave Van Kriedt. These collaborations took place in the late Forties with Paul Desmond also on hand.
Much happened between the Octet and 1957, the year of this Reunion. The Brubeck quartet had become one of the premier groups in jazz. Meanwhile, Van Kriedt, who had also played in France in the late Forties, did a tour with Stan Kenton in the summer of 1955 before returning to freelance in San Francisco. He's definitely of the "cool" school of saxophonists and meshes well with Desmond.
Since all the compositions and arrangements are by Van Kriedt, Reunion is not what you would call a typical Brubeck album. However, Brubeck and Desmond bring their individual solo styles to the music and the result is a low-key, reflective album that swings when it has to, as on "Shouts," which Van Kriedt describes as "after Zoot."