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A Night in Tunisia

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Published on Nov 2, 2010

Trumpeter "Dizzy" Gillespie was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. Dizzy was instrumental in founding Afro-Cuban jazz, the modern jazz version of what early-jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton referred to as the "Spanish Tinge". "A Night in Tunisia" written by Dizzy Gillespie in 1942 is an example of Afro-Cuban jazz it is particularly noted for its complex bass line in the "A section" is notable for avoiding the standard walking bass pattern of straight quarter notes, and the use of oscillating half-step-up/half-step-down chord changes gives the song a unique, mysterious feeling. Like many of Gillespie's tunes, it features a short written introduction and a brief interlude that occurs between solo sections.

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