Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Gabor Szabo - Gypsy '66

Guitarist Gabor Szabo's debut as a leader (after an important stint with the Chico Hamilton Quintet) is surprisingly successful. The reason this LP is a bit of a surprise is that the repertoire (in addition to two originals apiece by the leader and Gary McFarland) has a few unlikely songs by the Beatles ("Yesterday" and "If I Fell") and Burt Bacharach (including "Walk On By"). Usually jazz adaptations of rock songs in the 1960s are lightweight, but Szabo's original sound, the unusual instrumentation (two or three guitars, Sadao Watanabe on flute, Gary McFarland on marimba, bass, drums and percussion) and McFarland's clever arrangements uplift the music. The playing time at 35 minutes is a bit brief, but the performances are better than expected.
Scott Yanow

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Gabor Szabo
with Gary McFarland & Co.
Gypsy '66


1 Yesterday (Lennon, McCartney)  2:31
2 The Last One to Be Loved (Bacharach, David)  3:43
3 The Echo of Love (McFarland)  4:18
4 Gypsy '66 (Szabo)  7:02
5 Flea Market (McFarland)  2:51
6 Walk on By (Bacharach, David)   2:52
7 If I Fell (Lennon, McCartney)  3:21
8 Gypsy Jam (Szabo)  5:01
9 I'm All Smiles (Leonard, Martin)  2:52


Gabor Szabo - g
Gary McFarland - marmb
Barry Galbraith - g
Sam Brown - g [# 4-9]
Sadao Watanabe - fl
Grady Tate - dr
Al Stinson - b [# 1-3]
Richard Davis - b [# 4-9]
Willie Rodriguez - perc [# 1-3]
Francisco Pozo - perc [# 4-9]

Recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; November, 1965
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Kndnsk said...

Thanks Melanchthon (thanks also for MU!)

The Jackal said...

Thanks Mel, interesting material, eclectic personnel mix , what kind of feel emerges ?

FrankDell said...

Always great to hear Gabor. Thank you.

N.D. said...

The password?

jazztap said...


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel keen to listen to this after so many years

rebf942 said...

Many thanks.

-Otto- said...

Thank you for the re-up, Mel. I missed it the first time around.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.
Nice post!

glinka21 said...

Greatly appreciated, Mel. I'd missed this one, a while back.