Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Elek Bacsik - Guitar Conceptions

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. Bacisk 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. - by Ron Wynn, AMG

Artist: Elek Bacsik
Album: Guitar Conceptions
Year: 1963
Label: Universal (2010)
Runtime: 40:27

Tracks:
1.  Conception (George Shering) 3:17
2.  Tenderly (Jack Lawrence/Walter Gross) 3:48
3.  Work Song (Nat Adderley) 3:31
4.  Over the Rainbow (Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg) 2:28
5.  Loin du Brésil (Jacques Chaumelle/Valto Latinen) 3:37
6.  La saison des pluies (Serge Gainsburg/Elek Bacsik) 3:58
7.  Three to Get Ready (Dave Brubeck) 2:00
8.  The Midnight Sun Will Never Set (Henri Salvador/Quincy Jones) 3:23
9.  Gemini (Jimmy Heath) 4:08
10.  So What (Miles Davis) 3:54
11.  Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins) 3:57
12.  Room 608 (Horace Silver) 2:21

Personnel:
Elek Bacsik (Guitar)
Guy Pedersen (Double Bass)
Daniel Humair (Drums)
Maurice Vander (Organ) - 2,6,9
Pepito Riestra (Percussion) - 5

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