Duke Ellington, Count Basie: First Time! (1961) 1999

sub-titled: The Count meets The Duke

First Time [1999]

Track list:

A1 01. Battle Royal
A2 02. To You
A3 03. Take the ‘A’ Train
A4 04. Corner Pocket [aka: Until I Met You]

B1 05. Wild Man [aka: Wild Man Moore]
B2 06. Segue In C
B3 07. B D B
B4 08. Jumpin’ at the Woodside

bonus tracks (*not on original LP)
09. One More Once [*]
10. Take the ‘A’ Train [The Count Departs][rehearsal, alt tk] [*]
11. Jumpin’ At The Woodside [alt tk] [*]
12. B D B [alt tk] [*]
13. Blues In Hoss’ Flat [Blues In Frankie’s Flat] [*]
14. Wild Man [aka: Wild Man Moore][alt tk] [*]
15. Battle Royal [rehearsal, alt tk] [*]
16. [Pause Track] [*]


Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington – piano (1,3 to 8,10 to 13,15)
William ‘Count’ Basie – piano (1,2,4 to 8,10,15)
trumpet: Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Eddie Mullens, Ray Nance, Sonny Cohn, Lennie Johnson, Thad Jones, Snooky Young
trombone: Louis Blackburn, Lawrence Brown, Henry Coker, Quentin Jackson, Benny Powell
valve trombone: Juan Tizol
clarinet, tenor sax: Jimmy Hamilton
alto sax: Johnny Hodges
alto sax, clarinet: Russell Procope, Marshall Royal
alto sax, tenor sax, flute: Frank Wess
tenor sax: Paul Gonsalves, Frank Foster, Budd Johnson
baritone sax: Harry Carney, Charlie Fowlkes
violin: Ray Nance
guitar: Freddie Green
bass: Aaron Bell (1,2,4,5,8,9,11,14,15), Eddie Jones (2 to 4,6 to 8,10 to 13)
drums: Sam Woodyard (1,3,5,7,9,10,12,14,15), Sonny Payne (2,4,6,8,13)
tambourine: Juan Tizol (5,14)

Released: 1961
Label: Philips – BBL 7528 [UK (title: Battle Royal, The Duke Meets The Count)]
Label: Columbia CL 1715 [1962, US (title: First Time! The Count Meets The Duke)]
Label: CBS/Sony – 20AP 1471 [Japan]
Label: Columbia/Legacy – CK 65571 [1999, CD, re-issue, re-mastered]

Battle Royal

Recorded at 30th Street Studio, New York on July 6 and 7, 1961

Producer: Teo Macero, George Avakian

Liner Notes: George T. Simon, Stanley Dance

Cover Photography: Arnold Newman
Liner Photography: Don Hunstein

Notes [1999, CD, re-issue]:
“Tracks 1-8 made up the original album, Columbia CL 1715 (Mono)/CS 8515 (Stereo), released in 1962. Tracks 3 & 7 were shortened on the original stereo issue. They are issued here in stereo but at full length as on the original mono release. Track 9 was previously released–in pseudo-stereo–first appearing in 1972 on The World Of Swing, Columbia KG-32945. Track 13 was previously released, first appearing on Black Giants, Columbia PG-33402. The ending was faded out on previous issues. Tracks 10-12, and 14 & 15 are issued for the first time. Tracks 10, 15, & 16 are indexed.” [booklet]

Recorded July 6-7, 1961.
Duke Ellington Orchestra heard in the right channel.
Count Basie Orchestra heard in the left channel.  “