Monday, July 11, 2016

The Eclectic Elek Bacsik

Hungarian guitarist Elek Bacsik is a cousin of Django Reinhardt, and has continued his tradition of blending swing and gypsy elements into a coherent, expressive jazz mode. Bacsik initially studied classical violin and played gypsy songs in Budapest, then switched to jazz guitar. As a teen, he recorded in a band with alto saxophonist Geza Szabo and trumpeter Jozsef Quitter, then later toured Europe with Mihaly Tabanyi's band. Bacsik moved to Paris in 1959, and through the early and mid-'60s recorded and played with visiting American musicians, among them Art Simmons, Quentin Jackson, Lou Bennett and Dizzy Gillespie. He also did sessions heading his own bands. Bacsik came to America in 1966, and worked from 1967-1974 with Teresa Brewer before cutting his own sessions. He appeared at the 1974 Newport Jazz Festival and 1984 Olympic Games Jazz Festival in Los Angeles.
Ron Wynn

Source :

The Electric Guitar
Of The Eclectic
Elek Backsik


1 Blue Rondo à la Turk (Brubeck)  6:17
2 Angel Eyes (Brent, Dennis)  3:30
3 Godchild (Wallington)  3:54
4 Take Five (Desmond)  3:15
5 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  4:25
6 Opus de Funk (Silver)  2:58
7 My Old Flame (Coslow, Johnston)  4:08
8 On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, Washington)  5:20
9 Nuages (Reinhardt)  3:05
10 Milestones (Davis)  3:01


[# 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 & 10]
Elek Bacsik - g
Pierre Michelot - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
[# 2, 3, 6, & 9]
Elek Bacsik - g
Michel Gaudry - b
Daniel Humair - dr

Recorded in Paris ; 1962


BlueNote97 said...

Thank you very much. The line up is superbe. The choice of themes is really eclectic, but I am very interested in listening to a "new" Nuages, a key theme in guitar history.

itr said...

It's fantastic. Thanks a million, Mel.

Blue Eyes said...

Highly recommended! one of his best album!

deGallo said...

Thank you. I am really liking this album. Great post!

Mileskat said...

Thank you Melanchthon!

BlueNote97 said...

My favorite: "My Old Flame", a rendering extremely delighful. Thank you very much.

Alex Rocha said...

Please, Password Mel !!!

Baruch said...

PW : 'melanchthon'

snakeboy said...

What a great album. Thank you!

Melanchthon said...

musician3 said...

AMAZING............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

lowgroove said...

This is my wife's favorite album.
It's really a good listen.
Thanks for a scratch free copy!

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

great, thank you very much!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Bill said...

Thank you very much, Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...


jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

I never heard of this player until your blog Mel. Thank you for the 2nd album to add to the collection!