First Time the Count Meets the Duke - (Import CD)

Duke Ellington

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  1. Performer
  2. Jazz Instrument
  3. Classic Jazz
Mono / Stereo
First Time! The Count Meets the Duke

Duke Ellington Orchestra: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (piano); Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); Ray Nance (trumpet, violin); Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Fats Ford, Eddie Mullens (trumpet); Juan Tizol (trombone, tambourine); Louis Blackburn, Lawrence Brown (trombone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet); Aaron Bell (bass); Sam Woodyard (drums).
Count Basie Orchestra: Count Basie (piano); Marshal Royal (alto saxophone); Frank Wess (tenor saxophone, flute); Frank Foster, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Sonny Cohn, Lonnie Johnson, Thad Jones, Snooky Young (trumpet); Henry Coker, Quentin Jackson, Benny Powell (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); Eddie Jones (bass); Sonny Payne (drums).
Producer: Teo Macero.
Reissue producer: Phil Schaap.
Recorded on July 6 & 7, 1961. Includes liner notes by George T. Simon, Stanley Dance, Aaron Bell and Phil Schaap.
Digitally remastered using 20-bit technology by Debra Parkinson (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Count Basie (piano); Freddie Green (guitar); Ray Nance (violin, trumpet); Frank Wess (flute, tenor saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet); Johnny Hodges, Marshall Royal, Russell Procope (alto saxophone); Frank Foster, Paul Gonsalves, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney, Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Fats Ford, Eddie Mullens, Lonnie Johnson, Snooky Young, Thad Jones, Willie Cook, Sonny Cohn, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Henry Coker, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown , Lou Blackburn, Quentin Jackson, Benny Powell (trombone); Sam Woodyard, Sonny Payne (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil Schaap.
Liner Note Authors: George T. Simon; Phil Schaap; Stanley Dance; Aaron Bell .
Photographers: Don Hunstein; Burt Goldblatt.
A battle of the bands? Not quite--more like a mutual admiration society, with the orchestras of both jazz titans playing together, with The Duke heard on the right of your stereo/headphones, The Count on the left. Ellington's elegance and unique voicings meet Basie's rollicking, blues-based Kansas City swing, and it works gloriously. There's no clutter, each band is focused and they sound great together. This is not the thoughtful, reflective composer side of Ellington (listeners should check out FAR EAST SUITE or BLACK, BROWN & BEIGE for that). The Duke and his band accentuate their swingin', dance-band side, and Basie and company have never sounded as suave and exotic as when playing Billy Strayhorn arrangements. Everyone has a good time, and that joy infuses this album from start to finish.

Country of Origin
Columbia (USA)
Studio / Live
Count Basie/Duke Ellington
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Battle Royal
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] To You
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Take The A Train
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Corner Pocket (Aka Until I Met You)
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Wild Man (Aka Wild Man Moore)
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Segue In C
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] B D B
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Jumpin' At The Woodside
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] One More Once - (bonus track)
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Take The A Train [The Count Departs] [Rehearsal & Alternate Takes] - (previously unreleased, alternate take, rehearsal, bonus track)
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Jumpin' At The Woodside - (previously unreleased, alternate take, bonus track)
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] B D B - (previously unreleased, alternate take, bonus track)
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Blues In Hoss' Flat (Blues In Frankie's Flat) - (bonus track)
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Wild Man (Aka Wild Man Moore) - (previously unreleased, alternate take, bonus track)
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Battle Royal [Rehearsal & Alternate Takes] - (previously unreleased, alternate take, rehearsal, bonus track)
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] [Pause Track]
  1. Duke Ellington
  2. Duke Ellington/Count Basie
Sony Music Distribution (
JazzTimes (9/99, pp.84-6) - "...the unprecedented interweaving statements of Basie's and Duke's soloists...constitutes one of the rare pleasures of modern-day just blows the mind."
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