Duke Ellington – First Time! The Count Meets The Duke VG+/VG

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“First Time! The Count Meets The Duke” is a remarkable jazz album, marking a historic collaboration between two of the most influential bandleaders in the history of jazz: Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Released on July 16, 1961, this album represents a monumental moment where these two giants of the jazz world came together to blend their distinctive styles in a seamless and masterful manner.

The album features compositions from both bandleaders, allowing each to shine while also fostering a unique synergy between their respective bands. Tracks like “Battle Royal,” which opens the album, set the stage for a friendly yet spirited musical contest, showcasing the exceptional talent and charisma of both ensembles. The blending of Basie’s rhythmic and blues-infused style with Ellington’s sophisticated and complex arrangements creates a rich tapestry of sound that is both innovative and timeless.

The musicianship on this record is nothing short of stellar, with standout performances from key players in both bands. The reed sections and brass contingents from each group offer vibrant, energetic solos, while the rhythm sections provide a cohesive and driving foundation.

“First Time! The Count Meets The Duke” is not just a historical meeting of two jazz legends, but an album that stands on its own merits as a masterclass in big band jazz.

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Cat No: SOPM-161

Japanese pressing. Without obi.

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