A Night in Tunisia (3:07)

Cover of Bird of Paradise (disc 1)

From Bird of Paradise (disc 1) and 144 other releases

This song is one of the anthems of the bebop revolution ushered in by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (who composed it) and alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, whose rendition from the Dial Records label this is. Gillespie recorded the composition with his big band, but this version features Miles Davis on muted trumpet stating the theme and soloing in Parker’s Sexptet. Parker takes one of the most acclaimed and astonishing alto saxophone breaks in history just past the 1:25 minute mark, and Davis solos after him; then Lucky Thompson on tenor sax. The drummer is dropping bombs — noticeable, seemingly random accents — and the guitarist and pianist provide a counterpoint bass line. Exciting and succinct.

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