Count Basie & Dizzy Gillespie – The Gifted Ones



Analogue Productions (Pablo)

Catalog number

AAPJ 161




180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs


US Streetdate

September 27, 2024

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180-gram vinyl

Mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tape

Pressed at Quality Record Pressings

Housed in Stoughton Printing tip-on gatefold jacket

Count Basie occasionally cautioned young sidemen who were feeling their oats not to play bebop in his band, which was rooted in the rhythmic and harmonic soil of the swing era. How, then, could Basie be expected to make an album with Dizzy Gillespie, one of the progenitors of bop?

Happily. Before he began evolving bebop, Gillespie was a swing-era musician. He and Basie operated from a common store of jazz knowledge and wisdom. Masters of time and the blues, they had no difficulty accommodating one another, none at all. This 1977 album is built on the blues. The limitless possibilities inherent in the form summoned the inventiveness, flexibility, and enthusiasm of all the players. Bass and drums are by Ray Brown and Mickey Roker, musicians unquestionably qualified to make music with two of the seminal figures in jazz.

Mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tape, and pressed at Quality Record Pressings for optimal sound quality, this Analogue Productions 180-gram reissue is an exceptional audiophile disc. Housed in a gatefold Stoughton Printing tip-on jacket.

Side A
1. Back to the Land
2. Constantinople
3. You Got It

Side B
1. St. James Infirmary
5. 2. Follow the Leader
6. 3. Ow!