First Time! The Count Meets the Duke

First Time! The Count Meets the Duke

by Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington


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A battle of the bands? Not quite -- more like a mutual admiration society, with the orchestras of both jazz titans playing together. (The Duke is heard on the right side 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 swinging dance band side, while 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0886975696024
catalogNumber: 868782
Rank: 43309

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Track Performer
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   Composer
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Teo Macero   Producer
Phil Schaap   Producer,Liner Notes
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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