Friday, January 21, 2011

Gabor Szabo - Femme Fatale

Released in 1981 on a small Hungarian label, this 1978 session recorded in Hollywood is the guitarist's final record. "Out of the Night" interestingly pairs him with pianist Chick Corea. But the remainder of the record is a standard late-'70s fusion date without Corea, highlighted by the Return to Forever intrigue of "A Thousand Times." - by Douglas Payne, AMG

Jazz guitar greats have always been in short supply. The father of the instrument was Charlie Christian who died in his early 20's, the incredible Wes Montgomery died very young, thankfully we still have the inimitable and superbly tastefull Kenny Burrell, and the fine player-vocalists George Benson and John Pizzarelli. Alas, Hungarian born Gabor Szabo died young also, but no one brought more unique expressiveness and pop excitement, and by his recordings, still does than the Gypsy man Gabor. His mystic-jazz-exotica is instantly recognizable and delicious as well. The fact is, anything he left us from the incredibly creative 60's is a delicacy still to be savored. - by B. London,

Artist: Gabor Szabo
Album: Femme Fatale
Year: 1978
Label: Mambo Records (1998)
Runtime: 36:39

1.  Femme Fatale (Gabor Szabo) 3:41
2.  Zingaro (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 9:21
3.  Serena (James Harrah) 8:17
4.  A Thousand Times (Gabor Szabo) 8:09
5.  Out of the Night (Chick Corea) 7:09

Gabor Szabo (Guitar)
Chick Corea (Piano)
Jim Keltner (Drums)
Paulinho da Costa (Percussion)
Jerry Hey (Trumpet, Trombone)
Kim Hutchcroft (Saxophone)
Bud Nuanez (Guitar)
Ken Wild (Bass Guitar)

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