A quick blindfold test: Night In Tunisia
Here is a little blindfold test for all the Boppers out there (certain people who might guess that they are meant are not allowed to take part). So who might be playing the cute little arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie’s Night In Tunisia on this 78 rpm record?
Again congratulations to Bo Scherman (see comments)! It is indeed not easy to spot Persiany – after all you have to know him first. Although Persiany is not relying on block chords here, the Milt Buckner influence is evident. These are indeed the Be Bop Minstrels.
To learn more about this 78 rpm, go to the Don Redman 1946 tour page. Alan Jeffreys and Jackie Carman were the two young white boppers who came to europe with Don Redman’s Orchestra. Some months after the Redman band broke up they went into the studio with some french musicians in Paris. The result was what is usually called the first french be bop record. I have to say that I like the interpretation very much, although you could not call the trumpet playing brilliant. “Enthusiastic” may be fitting though.