First Time! The Count Meets the Duke

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
At first glance this collaboration should not have worked. The Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras had already been competitors for 25 years but the leaders' mutual admiration Ellington was one of Basie's main idols and some brilliant planning made this a very successful and surprisingly uncrowded encounter. On most selections Ellington and Basie both play piano their interaction with each other is wonderful and the arrangements allowed the stars from both bands to take turns soloing. "Segue in C" is the highpoint but versions of "Until I Met You," "Battle Royal" and "Jumpin' at the Woodside" are not far behind.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
At first glance this collaboration should not have worked. The Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras had already been competitors for 25 years but the leaders' mutual admiration Ellington was one of Basie's main idols and some brilliant planning made this a very successful and surprisingly uncrowded encounter. On most selections Ellington and Basie both play piano their interaction with each other is wonderful and the arrangements allowed the stars from both bands to take turns soloing. "Segue in C" is the highpoint but versions of "Until I Met You," "Battle Royal" and "Jumpin' at the Woodside" are not far behind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Pure Pleasure
  • EAN: 5060149620809
  • Catalog Number: 8515

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Orchestra Primary Artist, Piano, Track Performer, Track Performer
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Lonnie Johnson Trumpet
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Count Basie Piano, Track Performer
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Thad Jones Trumpet
Ray Nance Trumpet, Violin
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Aaron Bell Bass
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Willie Cook Trumpet
Russell Procope Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Harry Carney Bass Saxophone
Sonny Cohn Trumpet
Henry Coker Trombone
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Bass Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet
Sonny Payne Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Juan Tizol Trombone
Frank Wess Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Sam Woodyard Drums
Snooky Young Trumpet
Eddie Jones Bass
Count Basie Orchestra Track Performer
Fats Ford Trumpet
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Freddie Green Composer
Thad Jones Composer
Aaron Bell Liner Notes
Stanley Dance Liner Notes
Duke Ellington Orchestra Composer
Tim Geelan Engineer
Teo Macero Producer
Phil Schaap Producer, Liner Notes, Remastering
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Frank Wess Composer
George T. Simon Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Henry Parker Cover Photo
Donald Wolf Composer
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