March 13, 2000 12:00 PM

>DIZZY IN SOUTH AMERICA Dizzy Gillespie (Red Anchor/CAP) Recorded on a 1956 U.S. State Department tour (with Quincy Jones along to arrange), bebop’s king pays tribute on “I’m Confessin’ ” to the trumpeter whose crown he usurped: Louis Armstrong.

AND THEN NOTHING TURNED ITSELF INSIDE-OUT Yo La Tengo (Matador) The noisy Hoboken, N.J., group (with husband-wife team Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley) turns down the volume to get meditative.

A SECRET HISTORY The Divine Comedy (Setanta/Red Ink) Proclaimed a pop genius in the U.K., head Comedian Neil Hannon deserves the appellation more than his U.S. anonymity. Each of these 17 humor-and melody-filled tracks displays his brilliant gifts as lyricist, vocalist and composer.

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