Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Tunisia (Live at Town Hall, 1945)


A Night In Tunisia


Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet) and Charlie Parker (alto sax)


Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945 (Uptown Records UPCD 27.51)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Charlie Parker (alto sax), Curly Russell (bass), Al Haig (piano), Max Roach (drums).

Recorded: Live at Town Hall, New York, June 22, 1945.


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

With their landmark first studio session still warm on the shelves, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker treated a New York audience with a thrilling performance of their new and innovative style of jazz, which would soon be known as bebop. Recently discovered, this live set presents Gillespie and Parker at the height of their powers. Gillespie delivers a marvelously articulate solo on his most celebrated composition, A Night In Tunisia, displaying astonishing agility and control in all registers of his trumpet. His quick-fingered, spitfire runs and harmonic eccentricities dramatically revolutionized trumpet playing, and his talent has not been surpassed since.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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