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First Time! The Count Meets the Duke

First Time! The Count Meets the Duke
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1961
Recorded July 6, 1961
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Duke Ellington chronology
Paris Blues
First Time! The Count Meets the Duke
The Girl's Suite and The Perfume Suite
Count Basie chronology
The Count Basie Story
First Time! The Count Meets the Duke
The Legend

First Time! The Count Meets the Duke is an album by American pianists, composers and bandleaders Duke Ellington and Count Basie with their combined Orchestras recorded and released on the Columbia label in 1961.[1]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars calling it "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".[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing

:All compositions by Duke Ellington except as indicated

  1. "Battle Royal" - 5:33
  2. "To You" (Thad Jones) - 3:53
  3. "Take the "A" Train (Billy Strayhorn) - 3:46
  4. "Corner Pocket" [aka "Until I Met You"] (Freddie Green, Donald Wolf) - 4:53
  5. "Wild Man" [aka "Wild Man Moore"] - 6:20
  6. "Segue in C" (Frank Wess) - 8:22
  7. "B D B" (Ellington, Strayhorn) - 4:43
  8. "Jumpin' at the Woodside" (Count Basie) - 3:09
  9. "One More Once" - 3:25 Bonus track on CD reissue
  10. "Take the "A" Train" [alternate take] (Strayhorn) - 5:50 Bonus track on CD reissue
  11. "Jumpin' at the Woodside" [alternate take] (Basie) - 3:14 Bonus track on CD reissue
  12. "B D B" [alternate take] (Ellington, Strayhorn) - 4:30 Bonus track on CD reissue
  13. "Blues in Hoss' Flat" (Basie, Frank Foster) - 3:13 Bonus track on CD reissue
  14. "Wild Man" [alternate take] - 5:55 Bonus track on CD reissue
  15. "Battle Royal" [alternate take] - 6:32 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed May 17, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 17, 2010
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