Friday, August 11, 2017

Gabor Szabo - The Sorcerer & More Sorcery

Hungarian born guitarist and composer Gábor Szabó recorded eight records for Impulse between 1966 and 1968. Some of those albums, such as Jazz Raga and Spellbinder are masterpieces, while others, like Simpatico (with Gary McFarland) and Light My Fire (with Bob Thiele) are embarrassing exercises in self-indulgence. The pair of recordings issued on this Impulse two-fer were always meant to be together, though they were released separately; they are closer to the former category than the latter. The Sorcerer and More Sorcery contain live performances of two of Szabo's greatest quintets in concert settings: Jimmy Stewart on guitar, Lajos "Louis" Kabok on bass, either Marty Morell or Bill Goodwin on drums, and Hal Gordon on percussion. The Sorcerer was recorded between April 14-15 at the Jazz Workshop in Boston. It contains three of Szabó's best-known originals in the elliptical "Space" featuring stellar guitar interplay between Szabó and Stewart, the modal, Eastern-tinged "Mizrab," and the bluesy "Comin' Back," written with Clyde Otis. Among the other fine moments are a fingerpopping' funky read of Sonny Bono's "The Beat Goes On" and a fine straight up jazz take on Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love," with stinging work from Stewart and popping bongos from Gordon. More Sorcery contains three more cuts from the same Jazz Workshop performance including the Spanish-flavored original, "Los Matadoros," and an excellent reading of "Corcovado." The latter three tracks were cut live at the Monterey Jazz Fest and feature an innovative, blissed-out jazz cover of" Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and a knotty version of Szabó's "Spellbinder" with intense engagement between Stewart and the leader. All told, this two-fer revises history — a bit — and accounts for one of the best live recordings in his career.
Thom Jurek

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Gábor Szabó
The Sorcerer
More Sorcery


1 The Beat Goes On (Bono)  4:53
2 Little Boat (O Barquinho) (Boscoli, Menescal)  4:23
3 Lou-Ise (Stewart)  4:17
4 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  5:16
5 Space (Szabo)  6:39
6 Stronger Than Us (Arough, Lai)  4:13
7 Mizrab (Szabo)  6:58
8 Comin' Back (Otis, Szabo)  1:55
9 Los Matodoros (Szabo)  12:09
10 People (Merrill, Styne)  5:18
11 Corcovado (Quiet Nights) (Jobim)  3:23
12 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (Lennon, McCartney)  9:44
13 Spellbinder (Szabo)  6:53
14 Comin' Back (Otis, Szabo)  4:54


[# 1-8]
Gábor Szabó - g
Jimmy Stewart - g
Lajos "Louis" Kabok - b
Marty Morell - dr
Hal Gordon - perc
Recorded live at the Jazz Workshop, Boston ; April 14-15, 1967
[# 9-14]
Same as above, except Bill Goodwin - dr, replaces Morell [# 12-14]
Recorded same place [# 9-11] ; & Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, California ; September 17, 1967.


Danneau said...

Gabor Szabo Sorcery and More Sorcery

Jolie collection d'époque. Merci!

LaroSwing said...

Thank you for these fine Szabo recordings.

FrankDell said...

Alway, always, always dig Gabor. Merci very much.

Kovina Kris said...

Been hoping to find "More Sorcery" some day. Thanks for making this one that day!

duck said...

Mel, Szabo is not a favourite of mine but these albums have very good reviews, so thanks and I will give them a good listen

grumpy said...

Many thanks, Mel.

Philo said...

I missed this the first time around. I'm very glad to have it now. Thanks Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

deGallo said...

Apparently I got this the first time around but neglected to thank you. So, thank's marvelous!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. Some of Szabo's sessions fall outside my sweet spot, but this sounds promising.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!
Like some others I'm so-so on his work, but I'm looking forward to giving this a spin. I've really been enjoying a lot of the guitar stuff you've been re-posting lately.

NYBlues said...

Re-Up please ? Thanks !

Melanchthon said...

DEEP said...


Anonymous said...

Thanks Mel!

NYBlues said...


Jazz Padd said...

Thanks, gettin' this for the "blissed out jazz cover" of LSD. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for re-up. nice twofer, not essential, but well worth a listen.

Angel said...

Gracias por el entusiasmo Mel