Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Tunisia (1946)


A Night In Tunisia


Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet)


The Dizzy Gillespie Story 1939-1950 (Proper Box 30)

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Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Don Byas (tenor sax), Milt Jackson (vibes), Al Haig (piano), Ray Brown (bass), J.C. Heard (drums),

Bill De Arango (guitar)


Composed by Dizzy Gillespie & Frank Paparelli


Recorded: New York, February 22, 1946


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

Here's Diz & Gang back in Manhattan but minus Charlie Parker, who jumped ship after their holiday engagement at Billy Berg’s Hollywood nightspot. Bird hoped to score some Mexican dope but wound up tending lettuce at the loony farm for six months. Anyhow, this 3-minute take of Dizzy's finest composition is brilliant even without Bird, thanks to great solos by Diz and tenorman Don Byas. The only drawback is the clatter of Milt Jackson's vibes—like empty glass milk bottles accidentally knocked down a cement staircase. Otherwise this is Diz at his best, and that's as good as bebop gets.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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