This article is about the Dizzy Gillespie song. For the Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers albums, see. 'A Night in Tunisia' by & His Sextet Released 1942 Recorded 1942 Jazz, • • Frank Paparelli (credited) ' A Night in Tunisia'is a written by around 1941–2 while Gillespie was playing with the band. It has become a. It is also known as 'Interlude', Gillespie called the tune 'Interlude' and said 'some genius decided to call it 'Night in Tunisia'. He said the tune was composed at the piano at Kelly's Stables in New York.
He gave Frank Paparelli co-writer credit in compensation for some unrelated transcription work, but Paparelli had nothing to do with the song. 'A Night in Tunisia' was one of the signature pieces of Gillespie's big band, and he also played it with his small groups.
In January 2004, The Recording Academy added the 1946 Victor recording by Gillespie to the. On the album, introduced his 1954 cover version with this statement: 'At this time we'd like to play a tune [that] was written by the famous Dizzy Gillespie. I feel rather close to this tune because I was right there when he composed it in Texas on the bottom of a garbage can.' The audience laughs, but Blakey responds, 'Seriously.'
The liner notes say, 'The Texas department of sanitation can take a low bow.' Analysis [ ]. Bass vamp underpinning the A sections of 'A Night in Tunisia' The complex in the 'A section' is notable for avoiding the standard pattern of straight, and the use of oscillating half-step-up/half-step-down (using the ) gives the song a unique, mysterious feeling. The B section is notable for having an unresolved minor, since the chord progression of the B section is taken from the B section of the standard 'Alone Together, ' causing the V chord to lead back into the Sub V of the A section. Like many of Gillespie's tunes, it features a short written introduction and a brief interlude that occurs between solo sections — in this case, a twelve-bar sequence leading into a four-bar for the next soloist. Cover versions [ ].