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Afro Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (May 7, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B0000631D3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This cd is a great moment in jazz history. The arrangements are perfect; the performances from this large ensemble are tight. A musical unit at the height of its ability playing a unique set of numbers. Dizzy's solos are unbelievable. Manteca and Caravan especially are powerful performances. One may have qualms with the version of "Night in Tunisia," as it uses flute as one of the lead instruments, but it's an interesting variation-- though you haven't heard it till you've heard Bird and Diz do it on sax and trumpet. The numbers are highly percussive, with an array of African drums going. It's intense, innovative and I've never heard another cd like it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JG on June 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Dizzy was able to explore and synthesize various styles and in this case Afro-Cuban modes of music.
The famous Manteca,Night In Tunisia,Caravan are all here in their glory and the wonderful percussion and horn work throughout makes this a lively affair worthy of the colorful artwork and somehow certainly was far ahead of it's time when it was put out.
When listening to "new" rock bands such as Santana,War you can hear the influence Dizzy had on these players.
Digipak authentic classic Verve remaster.
Sound booms a bit but is more than fine for it's day and era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LTZ on February 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is truly amazing music.
The first time I listened to this, I thought wow those horns are screaming at the high frequencies (treble area). After going through the CD a couple of times, I began listening to the intricacies of the music and rhythm, and it is amazing. A Night In Tunisia is a true classic that changed the scape of jazz (afro-cuban). It doesn't use a walking bass line, which is amazing. The high tempo rhythms on this CD mixed with the horn playing along with the bass make for just amazing music. It is amazing how well they fused two types of music to make such a masterpiece.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Professor XXL on March 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's about 1:30 AM as I listen to a copy of Dizzy Gillespie's "Afro" that came in the mail today. The CD itself is a digitally remastered 24-bit limited edition release. I don't even really have a system nice enough to really take advantage of the sound. Still, my mind is almost meltin' outta my ears as I listen to this mindblowing marriage of "Afro-Cuban Vs. Afro-American" jazz.

I would say that it's like nothing I've ever heard...but that wouldn't be accurate. I grew up listenin' to jazz and so-called "latin" music as much as R&B and hip hop. It would prolly be more accurate to say that it's like nothing I've heard in years. And, in fact, I'm almost dumbfounded that I've never heard this album until now.

Dizzy Gillespie has always been one of my favorite jazz musicians, second only to Miles Davis--and it's an extremely close second. Dizzy's "A Night in Tunisia" (he's recorded several versions, right?), has been one of my favorite numbers since I was a kid. Tonight, for example, I'm now well into the 19th or 20th replay of the 1954 version on this album--and there's still two more tracks on the CD to go!

For years I've played the "if you had to be stuck on a desert island with ten albums, which ones would they be?" game with friends and acquaintances. I'm not even gonna torture myself over exactly who it's gonna be...but Dizzy Gillespie just replaced someone on that list tonight.
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