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Gabor Szabo
« on: February 09, 2020, 01:37:20 AM »
Gábor István Szabó (March 8, 1936 – February 26, 1982) was a Hungarian American guitarist whose style incorporated jazz, pop, rock, and Hungarian music.

 Gábor Szabó was born in Budapest, Hungary. He began playing guitar at the age of 14. When he was 20, in the aftermath of the Hungarian revolution of 1956, he moved to California and he later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston between 1958 and 1960.

 In 1961, Szabo became a member of quintet that was led by Chico Hamilton and included Charles Lloyd, playing what has been described as chamber jazz, with "a moderate avant-gardism". Szabo was influenced by the rock music of the 1960s, particularly the use of feedback. In 1965 he was in a jazz pop group led by Gary McFarland, then worked again with Lloyd in an energetic quartet with Ron Carter and Tony Williams. The song "Gypsy Queen" from Szabo's debut solo album Spellbinder became a hit for rock guitarist Carlos Santana. During the late 1960s, Szabo worked in a group with guitarist Jimmy Stewart. He started the label Skye Records with McFarland and Cal Tjader.

Szabo continued to be drawn to more popular, commercial music in the 1970s. He performed often in California, combining elements of Gypsy and Indian music with jazz. He returned often to his home country of Hungary to perform, and it was there that he died just short of his 46th birthday.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Gábor Szabó among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.


Gypsy '66 (Impulse!, 1966)
Spellbinder (Impulse!, 1966)
Simpático with Gary McFarland (Impulse!, 1966)
At Monterey (Impulse!, 1967)
The Sorcerer (Impulse!, 1967)
More Sorcery (Impulse!, 1967)
Jazz Raga (Impulse!, 1967)
Light My Fire with Bob Thiele (Impulse!, 1967)
Bacchanal (Skye, 1968)
Wind, Sky and Diamonds (Impulse!1968)
Dreams (Skye, 1968)
1969 (Skye, 1969)
Lena & Gabor with Lena Horne (Skye, 1970)
High Contrast (Blue Thumb, 1970)
Magical Connection (Blue Thumb, 1970)
Mizrab (CTI, 1972)
Small World (Four Leaf Clover [Sweden], 1972)
Rambler (CTI, 1973)
Gabor Szabo Live (Blue Thumb, 1973)
Macho (Salvation, 1975)
Nightflight (Mercury, 1976)
Faces (Mercury, 1977)
Belsta River (Four Leaf Clover [Sweden], 1978)
Femme Fatale (Pepita, 1981)
The Szabo Equation: Jazz/Mysticism/Exotica (1990)
In Budapest (Moiras, 2008) 1974 TV recordings

Dreams (1968) full album:

Small World (1972) full album:

Galateas Guitar:


Gypsy Queen (Later redone by Santana):

Los Matadoros:

1969: full album. This one features covers of popular sixties hits (Dear Prudence, Walk Away Renee, Stormy, In My Life, I've Just Seen A Face) good album!
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