First Time! The Count Meets the Duke

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]

First Time! The Count Meets the Duke
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 6, 1961
Duke Ellington chronology
Paris Blues
First Time! The Count Meets the Duke
The Girl's Suite and The Perfume Suite
Count Basie chronology
Basie at Birdland
First Time! The Count Meets the Duke
The Legend

On stereo releases of the album, Basie's band is featured on the left channel and Ellington's on the right.


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
Down Beat
(Original LP release)
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[4]

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" [a.k.a. "Until I Met You"] (Freddie Green, Donald Wolf) - 4:53
  5. "Wild Man" [a.k.a. "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
1999 CD Reissue Bonus Tracks
  1. "One More Once" - 3:25
  2. "Take the "A" Train" [alternate take] (Strayhorn) - 5:50
  3. "Jumpin' at the Woodside" [alternate take] (Basie) - 3:14
  4. "B D B" [alternate take] (Ellington, Strayhorn) - 4:30
  5. "Blues in Hoss' Flat" (Basie, Frank Foster) - 3:13
  6. "Wild Man" [alternate take] - 5:55
  7. "Battle Royal" [alternate take] - 6:32



  1. A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed May 17, 2010
  2. Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 17, 2010
  3. Down Beat: May 10, 1962 vol. 29, no. 10
  4. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 69. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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