Gabor SZABO – Mizrab 1972

Gabor SZABO – Mizrab 1972
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: December 1972
2006 Japan Issue.

Jazz

Well since there were no reviews of this great set, I just had to jump in recommend it. The title track is of course great and really different at the same time from most melodies. I think the whole album is great. I bought it back when it first came out on vinyl, and I still have it and play it from time to time. I can’t believe his other great CTI album “Rambler” has not also been released, because in some ways, it is even better. Bob James arranged that set and did a superb job. I think he arranged Mizrab as well, anyway both albums are worth owning if you like Gabor’s style. If I were reviewing Rambler, I would say more, but believe me, Mizrab is worth several listens.
By  David Zeigler.
**
Wonderful work from guitarist Gabor Szabo – a record that really helped to shift his sound and style into the 70s! The groove here is often open and free – taking off from some of the exoticism of Gabor’s 60s albums on Impulse and Skye, but with a bit more of the CTI electric groove – thanks to arrangements from Bob James, who also plays keyboards on the set! Drums are by Billy Cobham and Jack DeJohnette, who’s especially funky on the great track “Thirteen” – and titles also include a great cover of “Summer Breeze”, and the cuts “Mizrab”, and “Concerto”.
From Dusty Groove.
**
Guitarist Gabor Szabo began his apprenticeship with Creed Taylor’s profitable but often critically-slighted CTI Records with this above-average collection of fusion and pop/jazz. The long Szabo compositions on side one, “Mizrab” and “Thirteen,” are excellent showcases for the alluring, hypnotic and surprising chemistry between the guitarist and the electric keyboards of Bob James. Shostakovich, Carole King and Seals & Crofts get workouts here too. Szabo is in top-form on MIZRAB, well-supported by the excellent contributions of bassist Ron Carter and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Billy Cobham. Deserves to be reissued on CD.
**
Arco Bass- Charles Israels , Ron Carter (tracks: 04)
Arranged By, Conducted By, Piano, Organ- Bob James
Artwork By- Bob Ciano
Bass- Ron Carter
Bassoon, Bass Clarinet- John Campo
Cello- Alan Shulman , Charles McCracken , George Ricci
Drums- Billy Cobham (tracks: 01, 03) , Jack DeJohnette
Flute, Piccolo, Alto, Bass Flute- 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
**
01. Mizrab $0.99
02. Thirteen
03. It’s Going To Take Some Time
04. Concerto
05. Summer Breeze
**


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