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Album · 1973

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A1 Mizrab 9:35
A2 Thirteen 9:18
B1 It's Going To Take Some Time 4:15
B2 Concerto #2 7:20
B3 Summer Breeze 6:07

Total Time: 36:32


Arco Bass – Charles Israels , Ron Carter (tracks: B2)
Conductor, Piano, Organ – Bob James
Bass – Ron Carter
Bassoon, Bass Clarinet – John Campo
Cello – Alan Shulman, Charles McCracken, George Ricci
Drums – Billy Cobham (tracks: A1, B1), Jack DeJohnette
Flute, Piccolo Flute, Flute [Alto, Bass] – Hubert Laws
French Horn – Brooks Tillotson, James Buffington
Guitar – Gabor Szabo
Harp – Margaret Ross
Oboe, Clarinet, Recorder – George Marge
Oboe, English Horn – Sidney Weinberg
Percussion – Ralph MacDonald
Trombone – Wayne Andre
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Marvin Stamm
Viola – Richard Dickler, Theodore Israel
Violin – Charles Libove, David Nadien, Harold Kohon, Irving Spice, Joe Malin, John Pintaualle , Max Ellen, Paul Gershman

About this release

CTI Records ‎– CTI 6026 (US)

Recorded in December 1972

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News that Gabor Szabo exchanged the contract with the CTI record was exactly reported 1973. CTI established by Creed Taylor was time of 1970. At that time, various musicians exchanged the contract. And, the album of the high level was announced one after another. And, news that Gabor Szabo also announced the album by CTI shooting luster further for CTI might have resulted.

It will have been an of course natural as for detailed that Creed Taylor with the exchange from the period for Gabor Szabo that had already announced some albums in Impulse at that time had embraced in CTI transition. And, it is necessary to have announced in shape for the music of had proceeded Gabor Szabo to the next step to obtain the arrangement and the command of CTI and Bob James after it had acted in Blue Thumb Records and to consent this album enough.

The name of Elek Bacsik and Attila Zoller might be able often to be enumerated as an active person by being known as a guitar player from Hungary. However, it is partial of the classics music of true gypsy music and India. It is a part devoted to the spirit of jazz extremely further as for the essence. It might be connected with the individuality of Gabor Szabo and music. Technical part, melody, and arrangement. And, the repertoire of Gabor Szabo is abundant. Or, it might be this album to require the flow that unites with the speculation of Creed Taylor so that they may agree. The flavor of the easy listening at which CTI had aimed completely gave width to the expression of Gabor Szabo.

The power of expression of Gabor Szabo is demonstrated enough in this album. It might be indeed variegated including the cover tune. The expression at which CTI aimed might become a flow of semi-exotica by this album. It can be said that a good it is situation and it is expression for both in a good meaning.

"Mizrab" is a tune that had been often performed since the latter half of the 60's. There might be a suitable perfection in the version of this album in the age. Part of intro of glossy bass. It does from the performance of the Ron Carter to a beautiful, impressive theme from now on. The tune contains the part like the session a little. However, the flow and the melody are exoticisms. Ad-rib that Bob James does is excellent. However, the performance of Billy Cobham done further through the whole volume has the change very richly.

"Thirteen" is a beautiful tune with minor chord. The melody and the arrangement of the piano of Bob James completely expand the width of the tune. In the part of the hit often visited, there might be a role to feel the flow of the tune to be grander. Ensemble extremely has the oneness.

It is a tune collected to "It' s Going To Take Some Time "Carole King announced in 1971" Music "The arrangement might have the element of the easy listening with the flavor of CTI exactly. Arrangement of complete strings. The guitar of Gabor Szabo in close relation to there is good each other. Bob James gave a good arrangement to this tune. The atmosphere of percussion and drum is also splendid. The tune has a very graceful arrangement.

It is said that "Concerto" is a concerto that Shostakovitch dedicated to the son. The part of the second movement was given and Bob James gave the arrangement splendidly. Part of arrangement and command of producer's Creed Taylor and Bob James. Part where melody of Spanish music is reminiscent from meditated intro. And, it twines with the part of Spacey's keyboard in close relation to solo of the guitar. The arrangement that splendidly changes the classics music as a part of an easy listening and Jazz/Fusion has succeeded.

"Summer Breeze" is a tune of Seals and Crofts known as vocal duo. A complete arrangement is added while leaving the flavor and the theme of former folk. The part of horn section gives a grander impression. And, the performance that Gabor Szabo does of course and the interpretation of the melody are splendid. Obbligati of keyboard in close relation to sentimental melody. The tune gradually increases the depth and the extension. Especially, chord transposed in the part of coda is very wonderful and graceful.

It might be an album that splendidly exactly unites the expression of the music at which CTI aimed, the expression of directionality and Gabor Szabo, and flexibility.

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