First Time! The Count Meets the Duke [Bonus Tracks]

First Time! The Count Meets the Duke [Bonus Tracks]

by Duke Ellington
     
 

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The 1999 remastering (Columbia-Legacy 65571) supercedes all previous editions, CD or vinyl, of the 1961 album First Time! The Count Meets the Duke, and not just because of the superior sound and the presence of five bonus tracks that add 27 minutes to the running time, although that's a big part of it. TheSee more details below

Overview

The 1999 remastering (Columbia-Legacy 65571) supercedes all previous editions, CD or vinyl, of the 1961 album First Time! The Count Meets the Duke, and not just because of the superior sound and the presence of five bonus tracks that add 27 minutes to the running time, although that's a big part of it. The sound is improved, making the original CD release seem like a copy of the LP, from the opening bars of the rollicking "Battle Royal," with that bass right up front. The Sonny Cohn and Ray Nance trumpet dialogue, and the Jimmy Hamilton clarinet and Budd Johnson tenor sax duet on "Take the A-Train" are more thickly textured and more "there" than on any previous incarnation, and Willie Cook's trumpet and Paul Gonsalves' tenor sax solo on "Corner Pocket" are gorgeously vivid. As important as anything else here, the closer sound captures the really hard, swinging nature of the performance on numbers like the bluesy "Segue in C" and "Jumpin' at the Woodside." The new notes, by bassist Aaron Bell and reissue co-producer Phil Schaap, also provide extraordinary insights into the making of this record -- with the album recorded more as a genial get-together than an old-style battle of the bands, and packaging only awaiting the approval of Basie, the Count balked at the "Battle Royal" title and jacket design, and his manager, Teddy Reig, supposedly flushed the only copy of the latter down the men's room toilet, thus forcing a reconsideration of the whole concept. The result was a hastily designed cover for an obscurely titled album that Columbia was never fully behind in marketing -- that it's lingered this long is, thus, even more of a testament to the power of the music and the good feelings from the sessions.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646557167
catalogNumber:
65571

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Tracks

  1. Battle Royal  - Duke Ellington
  2. To You  - Duke Ellington
  3. Take the "A" Train  - Duke Ellington
  4. Corner Pocket  - Duke Ellington
  5. Wild Man  - Duke Ellington
  6. Segue in C  - Duke Ellington
  7. B D B  - Duke Ellington
  8. Jumpin' at the Woodside  - Duke Ellington
  9. One More Once  - Duke Ellington
  10. Take the "A" Train  - Duke Ellington
  11. Jumpin' at the Woodside  - Duke Ellington
  12. B D B  - Duke Ellington
  13. Blues in Hoss' Flat  - Duke Ellington
  14. Wild Man  - Duke Ellington
  15. Battle Royal [Versio  - Duke Ellington
  16. (Pause Track)  - Duke Ellington

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Track Performer,Soloist
Edward Kennedy Ellington   Indexed Contributor
Lonnie Johnson   Trumpet
Cat Anderson   Trumpet,Soloist
Count Basie   Piano,Track Performer,Soloist
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Freddie Green   Guitar
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Thad Jones   Trumpet,Soloist
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Aaron Bell   Bass
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Willie Cook   Trumpet,Soloist
Russell Procope   Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone,Soloist
Louise Blackburn   Trombone,Soloist
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soloist
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet,Soloist
Henry Coker   Trombone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Soloist
Ed Mullens   Trumpet
Sonny Payne   Drums,Soloist
Benny Powell   Trombone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Juan Tizol   Trombone
Frank Wess   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Sam Woodyard   Drums,Soloist
Snooky Young   Trumpet,Soloist
Eddie Jones   Bass
Count Basie Orchestra   Track Performer
Henry Parker   Soloist
Fats Ford   Trumpet
Lawrence D. Brown   Trombone,Soloist
Quentin Johnson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Aaron Bell   Liner Notes
Stanley Dance   Liner Notes
Tommy Dorsey   Composer
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Jimmy Hamilton   Duet
Teo Macero   Producer
Phil Schaap   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
George T. Simon   Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Henry Parker   Cover Photo
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Ari Kast   Packaging Manager

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