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Fitzgerald and Count Basie hadn't been in a studio together for 16 years when Granz reunited them in February 1979 for this studio album, which served as a prelude to a joint concert by the two in Montreux a few months later. (That live event was issued by Pablo as the similarly titled A Perfect Match and also released on DVD.) Both of the 1979 Ella-Basie projects showed this pair of veteran road warriors still could deliver the goods well into their 60s and 70s, respectively. Basie's driving rhythm section, warm reeds, and snazzy brass still suit Fitzgerald like an immaculately tailored gown, and the combination sounds marvelous both on old standards and newer pieces, like the irresistible "Make Me Rainbows" (written by ASCAP Presidents Paul Williams and Marilyn Bergman).