In the history of jazz, this album is a musical event without precedent. History consists largely of recording significant events and such took place when the full orchestra of Duke Ellington and Count Basie has become a common Aufnahemtermin on 6 July 1961 met. The result almost confused with its richness and the importance of this meeting is to assess not high enough. The musical content is great, as well as demonstration of mutual respect and understanding the two famous bandleader.
At first glance, would have cooperation can not actually work. The Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestra were for 25 years competitors, but the mutual admiration (Ellington was one of Basie's most important role models) and a brilliant planning made this recording to a successful and amazing straight session. On most tracks play both Ellington and Basie piano (their interaction is simply fantastic) and the arrangements give the stars of both bands sufficient space for their solos. "Segue in C" is the highlight of the LP, but the interpretations of "Until I Met You," "Battle Royal" and "Jumpin 'At The Woodside" are practically equal.