Кирилл Харитонов
Кирилл Харитонов
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First Time! The Count Meets the Duke (1961)

A battle of the bands? Not quite — more like a mutual admiration society, with the orchestras of both jazz titans playing together. (The Duke is heard on the right side of your stereo/headphones, the Count on the left.) Ellington's elegance and unique voicings meet Basie's rollicking, blues-based Kansas City swing, and it works gloriously. There's no clutter, each band is focused, and they sound great together.
—John Bush, The AllMusic review
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Jazz poster by András Pluhár

Count Basie & Duke Ellington...