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Ellington, Duke And Count Basie - First Time The Count Meets The Duke.

Ellington, Duke And Count Basie - First Time The Count Meets The Duke.

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RARE/2HAND VINYL LP ON COLUMBIA 1962.

Columbia CS 8515 made in USA. Vinyl NM. Cover NM.

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.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Ellington

Tracklist.

1. Battle Royal
2. To You
3. Take the A Train
4. Corner Pocker (aka Until I Met You)
5. Wild Man (aka Moore)
6. Seque in C
7. Jumpin' at the Woodside

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