Gittin' to Know Y'All

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Gittin' to Know Y'All
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Studio album by Lester Bowie
Released 1970
Recorded December 12–14, 1969
Genre Jazz
Length 44:33
Label MPS
Producer Joachim Berendt
Lester Bowie chronology
Numbers 1 & 2
Gittin' to Know Y'All
Fast Last!

Gittin' to Know Y'All is an album recorded during the annual Baden-Baden Free Jazz Meeting in 1969 and released on the MPS label in 1970. It features two tracks by the Baden-Baden Free Jazz Orchestra conducted by trumpeter Lester Bowie, one by the Terje Rypdal Group, one by Karin Krog, and one by The Willem Breuker-John Surman Duo. This historic session was the first time that many of these European and American jazz musicians performed together in a large group setting.[1]


The Allmusic review awarded the album 3 stars.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gittin' to Know Y'All (Part I)" - 23:35
  2. "Gittin' to Know Y'All (Part II)" - 8:25
  3. "Ved Soerevatn" (Rypdal) - 5:00
  4. "For My Two J.B.'s" (Krog) - 1:06
  5. "May Hunting Song" (Breuker) - 4:47
All compositions by Lester Bowie except as indicated
  • Recorded live during the annual Baden-Baden Free Jazz Meeting at Südwestfunk Uko Studio I on December 12 to 14, 1969.


Tracks 1 & 2 - The Baden-Baden Free Jazz Orchestra conducted by Lester Bowie

Track 3 - The Terje Rypdal Group

Track 4 - Karin Krog

Track 5 - The Willem Breuker-John Surman Duo


  1. ^ Lewis, G. E., Gittin’ To Know Y’all: Improvised Music, Interculturalism, and the Racial Imagination accessed August 12, 2011
  2. ^ a b Allmusic Review accessed August 12, 2011