Album 0335: Duke Ellington & Count Basie – First Time! The Count Meets The Duke

DukeEllingtonCountBasie-FirstTime

Release Date: 1961
Genre: Jazz

Tracklisting:

1. Battle Royal (05:37)
2. To You (03:55)
3. Take The ‘A’ Train (03:48)
4. Corner Pocket (aka Until I Met You) (04:55)
5. Wild Man (aka Wild Man Moore) (06:23)
6. Segue In C (08:22)
7. B D B (04:45)
8. Jumpin’ At The Woodside (03:14)
9. One More Once (03:27)
10. Take The ‘A’ Train (The Count Departs) (rehearsal and alternate takes) (05:51)
11. Jumpin’ At The Woodside (alternate take) (03:14)
12. B D B (alternate take) (04:30)
13. Blues In Hoss’ Flat (Blues In Frankie’s Flat) (03:14)
14. Wild Man (aka Wild Man Moore) (rehearsal and alternate takes) (05:56
15. Battle Royal (rehearsal and alternate takes) (06:32)

Total Length: 01:13:44

Battle Royal does sort of give off the vibe of dueling orchestras, so that is pretty neat. I like the variety of instruments contained in the bands. To You is more of a softer track, romantic I guess. I like it well enough but kind of get tired of it. Take The ‘A’ Train has a fun rhythm to it. Corner Pocket (aka Until I Met You) kind of has a neat vibe, I guess like a divey sort of place.

Wild Man (aka Wild Man Moore) is fairly fun. I’d offer more thoughts but I’m really not familiar with the genre, and especially can’t comment on any of the theory or anything. Segue In C is pretty nice in the same vein. B D B is alright. Jumpin’ At The Woodside is kind of fun. One More Once is upbeat as well, I like that at least. Take The ‘A’ Train (The Count Departs) eventually gets going and it’s okay.

Jumpin’ At The Woodside is still kind of nice. B D B is good as well. Blues In Hoss’ Flat (Blues In Frankie’s Flat) is kind of funky. Wild Man (aka Wild Man Moore) is a bit long here. Battle Royal is still fun. I guess right now this all blends together and while I don’t dislike it, I still don’t understand it. Maybe this is a genre more for musicians than people on the sidelines.

Final Rating: 7/10

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