A Night in Tunisia (and Everywhere Else)

From ‘A Night in Tunisa’ to ‘Paris Nights’ , we have mixed 18 ‘Jazz with a slice of Latin‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Nights Around The World‘. It has Kai Winding Sextet, Johnny Guitar, Al Di Meola, Nino Rota and many more.

IMAGE : Night in Tunisia Photo by Carl Malamud

Wikipedia: A Night in Tunisia is a musical composition written by Dizzy Gillespie in 1942 while he was playing with the Earl Hines Band. ….One of its most famous performances is Charlie Parker’s and also became closely identified with Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers. The beginning of the beginning.

PBS : In the audio feature “The NPR 100: A Night in Tunisia”, Margot Stage reports that this Dizzy Gillespie classic marked the arrival of Afro-Cuban rhythms in American jazz. The song is a selection from National Public Radio’s list of the 100 most important American musical recordings of the 20th Century. Put on your slippers, light your pipe, sit down and listen to the radio. That is so modern.

New-York Times : In a video released in 1990, Dizzy Gillespie recounts the story of how he and his band wrote and recorded the number “A Night In Tunisia”, in which they fused Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz melodies and structures for the first time.

LyricsFreak : The moon is the same moon above you. Aglow with its cool evening light. But shining at night, in tunisia. Never does it shine so bright. I love when they put tacky lyrics on jazz standards.

Barnes & Noble : This is a study of the Afrocentric imagination set to a jazzy beat. The African connection to jazz through recordings has never been fully analyzed until now. The relevance is so so but I make money if you buyu this book.

Wikipedia : A Night in Tunisia is a jazz album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, released in 1960….From the liner notes “The title track remains the spectacular fiery poly-rhythmic stimulant that it is when performed live in night clubs. Shorter leaps in to render a brilliant rapid-fire solo. Morgan’s airy solo sparkles to the foreground. Bobby Timmons feeds fire from the keyboard and Merritt is the capable anchor man“.

Chessgames.com : For anyone who thinks that jazz and chess are related, “A Night In Tunisia” has been played by Robert James “Bobby” Fischer vs Lhamsuren Myagmarsuren in Sousse izt 1967 (French Defense: King’s Indian Attack (C00) · 1-0). Bobby Fischer, a modern times hero.

Amazon : The session that gave “Night in Tunisia” has a band loaded with future stars, pianist Vince Guaraldi, big-toned bassist Al McKibbon and the percussion duo of Willie Bobo on drums and Mongo Santamaría on congas. Little-known Cuban tenor player José “Chumbo” Silva is a key presence as well.

PLAYLIST : Cal Tjader – A Night in Tunisa (6.43) . Michel Legrand – Napolitan Nights (1.52) . Miles Davis – Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees (2.23) . Ray Conniff – Moscow Nights (2.24) . Johnny Guitar – Bangkok By Night (2.25) . Dalida – Nuits D’Espagne (2.32) . Louis Armstrong – Christmas Night In Harlem (2.35) . Gloria Lasso – Noche de Vera Cruz (3.15) . Earl Hines – One Night In Trinidad (3.2) . Kai Winding Sextet – A Night On Bop Mountain (3.32) . Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra – Night In Granada (3.48) . Chantal Chamberland – Hot Night In Baton Rouge (4.32) . Al Di Meola – African Night (4.33) . Nino Rota – Le Notti Di Cabiria (4.34) . Richard Schonherz & Peter Scott – One Night In Vienna (5.09) . Eddie Shaw – Rainy Night In Georgia (5.21) . Jaared – Night in Rio (6.16) . Buddy Tate – Paris Nights (6.57) .


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