A Night in Tunisia (1957 album)

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A Night in Tunisia
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Studio album by
ReleasedMid February 1958[1]
RecordedApril 2 & 8, 1957, NYC
GenreHard bop
ProducerBob Rolontz
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers chronology
Selections from Lerner and Loewe's...
A Night in Tunisia
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

A Night in Tunisia is a 1957 jazz album by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, released by the RCA Victor subsidiary label Vik.[3] It features the only recorded instances of saxophonists Jackie McLean and Johnny Griffin playing together.[4]

The album's original five tracks were augmented by up to three alternative takes on CD reissues.[2] The album was also reissued under the title Theory of Art, with two nonet tracks – "A Night at Tony's" and "Social Call" – added.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

A Night in Tunisia CD[edit]

  1. "A Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) – 12:55
  2. "Off the Wall" (Johnny Griffin) – 7:16
  3. "Theory of Art" (Bill Hardman) – 9:46
  4. "Couldn't It Be You?" (Art Blakey, Jackie McLean) – 8:12
  5. "Evans" (Sonny Rollins) – 6:30
  6. "A Night in Tunisia" (Gillespie, Paparelli) – 12:30 Bonus track on CD re-issue.
  7. "Off the Wall" (Griffin) – 7:21 Bonus track on CD re-issue.
  8. "Theory of Art" (Hardman) – 10:14 Bonus track on CD re-issue.

Theory of Art CD[edit]

First five tracks as A Night in Tunisia, above.

  1. "A Night at Tony's" (Gigi Gryce)
  2. "Social Call" (Gryce, Jon Hendricks)


A Night in Tunisia[edit]

Theory of Art[edit]



  1. ^ Billboard Feb 17, 1958
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: A Night in Tunisia (1957)". AllMusic. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  3. ^ RCA Vik Record Label Discography, accessed November 30, 2015
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1992). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette (1st ed.). Penguin. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-14-015364-4.
  5. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Theory of Art". AllMusic. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Shoemaker, Bill (May 1, 1997). "Art Blakey: Theory of Art". JazzTimes.