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Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker - A Night In Tunisia

This is the famous 1947 recording from Carnegie Hall. Many reasons to love this historic performance, but mine is because of the sound of Al McKinnon's bass. Sure, Diz and Bird are up there doing their thing, soaring above the audience, but for me it's the woody, muffled sound of Al's bass that I come back for. Not the playing: I don't think anyone would suggest he was in the same league as the two horn players, but the sound. It's probably the result of shitty 1940s live recording tech, but I don't care. It is cheap and full of fuzz, slightly stained and splintered, and I like to think it speaks more of the socio-economics of jazz than it does the quality of the audio engineering.

Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker - A Night In Tunisia
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