This article is about the composition by Dizzy Gillespie.
For the album by Ray Bryant, see Con Alma (Ray Bryant album).
For the album by Charles McPherson, see Con Alma!
The tune incorporates aspects of bebop jazz and Latin rhythm, and is known for its frequent changes in key centers (occurring every two bars), while still maintaining a singable melody.
It has been noted that "As good as Dizzy's versions of his own tune are, it's probably not too crazy to say that 'Con Alma' really took off in the hands of other musicians."
Among those who have recorded versions are:
- Sonny Rollins
- Sonny Stitt
- Hal McKusick (Triple Exposure, 1957)
- Oscar Peterson (The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson, 1959; Swinging Brass with the Oscar Peterson Trio, 1959)
- Roy Haynes (Just Us, 1960)
- The Jazztet (Big City Sounds, 1960)
- Ray Bryant (Con Alma, 1961 )
- Wes Montgomery (Bumpin', 1965)
- Charles McPherson (Con Alma!, 1965)
- Ed Bickert
- Stan Getz (Sweet Rain, 1967)
- Kenny Burrell (Ode to 52nd Street, 1967)
- Brother Jack McDuff (The Natural Thing, 1968)
- Randy Weston (African Cookbook, 1969)
- Lalo Schiffrin (Ins and Outs, 1985)
- George Shearing (Like Fine Wine, 2004)
- Cedar Walton (Underground Memoirs, 2005)
- Gerald Clayton (Two-Shade, 2009)
- Paquito D'Rivera (Panamericana Suite, 2010)
- Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard (Chano y Dizzy!, 2011)
- Abraham Mansfarroll (Dizzy el Afrocubano, 2021)
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con Alma.