Duke Ellington & Count Basie for the First Time

Duke Ellington & Count Basie for the First Time


The Count meets The Duke : The Duke Ellington Orchestra and The Count Basie Orchestra

Columbia 8515

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Battle Royal
A2 - To You
A3 - Take the "A" Train
A4 - Until I Met You
B1 - Wild Man
B2 - Segue in C
B3 - B D B
B4 - Jumpin' at the Woodside

Recorded on July 6, 1961 at Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York City.

The musical event which is presented in this album is without precedent in the history of jazz. History largely consists of chronicling momentous occaisions, and it was such an occaision when the full orchestras of Duke Ellington and count Basie recorded together on 6th July 1961. The result is almost an embarrassment of riches. It is great in significance, great in musical content and, above all, great in demonstrating the two famous leaders’ mutual appreciation and understanding of each other. 

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. 

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.