Introduced on Dizzy Gillespie’s 1954 album Afro, “Con Alma” features Gillespie’s signature fusion of Latin  and bebop jazz rhythms. 

With key center changes occurring every two bars and a simple, singable melody, many musicians have enjoyed covering this fun tune!

Notable covers have been recorded by Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Ed Bickert, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell and Ray Bryant.

See a video of Dizzy Gillespie playing “Con Alma” in 1965 here

Don’t miss First Take with Chavis and Lando - weekdays from 6-9 am MST – to hear Stories of Standards all week long!


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