One of a number of Art Blakey albums titled after "Night In Tunisia" – and most likely the best! The tune is a perfect fit for the Blakey Jazz Messengers format – long, rhythmic, really stretching out, yet allowing plenty of space for the horn players to solo. Players include Bobby Timmons on piano, Lee Morgan on trumpet, and Wayne Shorter on tenor – a killer lineup that's in really classic form here – driven on nicely by Blakey's drums and bass work by Jymie Merritt. Titles include "Night In Tunisia", with Blakey thundering through impeccably – plus the tracks "Yama", "Kozo's Waltz", and a version of Timmons' great "So Tired".
Mark Knopfler runs through both his Dire Straits and solo catalogue live, as the title suggests, in London. Old classics such as 'Brothers In Arms' and 'Romeo and Juliet' mingle freely with material from his solo album 'Golden Heart'. Here, the full version of the concert, containing 'Sultans Of Swing' and 'Money For Nothing', which also are on VHS, but not on a European DVD. Recorded April 15, 1996 in the BBC Television Centre, London.
After Dizzy Gillespie's death in 1991, his colorful Afro-Cuban United Nation Orchestra (which was formed in 1988) was headed by altoist-clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera. With the better-known sidemen on this 1993 CD including first trumpeter Byron Stripling, trombonist Conrad Herwig and tenor saxophonist Mario Rivera, additional solo space was allocated to some of the other talented players as were guest spots for trumpeter Claudio Roditi, trombonist Slide Hampton and vibraphonist Dave Samuels. A Night in Englewood is an easily recommended set. The music is very Latin-oriented and shows that the orchestra had moved away from Gillespie's usual repertoire to exclusively feature originals by bandmembers (including D'Rivera's "I Remember Diz").
Jan Ole Gerster's comedy-drama A Coffee in Berlin stars Tom Schilling as Niko, a twentysomething slacker whose aimless life comes to a sudden halt when, in quick succession, his girlfriend dumps him and his father cuts off his only financial support. Soon, he encounters an old classmate who he used to torment, and this turns out to be a pivotal new relationship in his life.