Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Tunisia (1989)


A Night in Tunisia (1989)


Dizzy Gillespie and the United Nations Orchestra


Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1989 (Enja 79658)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), James Moody (tenor sax), Claudio Roditi (trumpet), Arturo Sandoval (trumpet, piccolo trumpet),

Slide Hampton, Steve Turre (trombones), Paquito D’Rivera (alto sax), Mario Rivera (tenor sax), Danilo Perez (piano), Ed Cherry (guitar), John Lee (bass), Airto Moreira (percussion), Giovanni Hidalgo (congas, bongo), Ignacio Berroa (drums)


Composed by Dizzy Gillespie & Frank Paparelli


Recorded: live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England, June 10, 1989


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Of all the versions available, this live recording of "A Night in Tunisia" is noteworthy for its all-star cast and eight minutes of closing cadenzas, each of which is a composition-in-miniature: (1) Gillespie makes a brief, nuanced statement, an invitation to the others that could be construed as a passing of the (jazz) standard; (2) James Moody weaves themes through harmonically adventurous territory, in and out of the highest registers of his tenor sax; (3) trumpeter Claudio Roditi picks up on Moody's soulful suggestions and transports the band into a samba feel, using his horn to mimic the sound of a Brazilian cuica drum; and (4) Arturo Sandoval changes directions completely, taking the audience through a tour of classical themes on piccolo trumpet before switching back to his usual horn for a four-octave sequence of Gillespie's signature ending.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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  • 1 judy vang // Mar 25, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    you are a very great guy and i really like your jazz music!!