The Sorcerer/More Sorcery

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hungarian born guitarist and composer Gabor Szabo recorded eight records for Impulse between 1966 and 1968. Some of those albums, such as Jazz Raga and Spellbinder are masterpieces, while others, like Simpatico (with Gary McFarland) and Light My Fire (with Bob Thiele) are embarrassing exercises in self-indulgence. The pair of recordings issued on this Impulse two-fer were always meant to be together, though they were released separately; they are closer to the former category than the latter. The Sorcerer and More Sorcery contain live performances of two of Szabo's greatest quintets in concert settings: Jimmy Stewart on guitar, Lajos "Louis" Kabok on bass, either Marty ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hungarian born guitarist and composer Gabor Szabo recorded eight records for Impulse between 1966 and 1968. Some of those albums, such as Jazz Raga and Spellbinder are masterpieces, while others, like Simpatico (with Gary McFarland) and Light My Fire (with Bob Thiele) are embarrassing exercises in self-indulgence. The pair of recordings issued on this Impulse two-fer were always meant to be together, though they were released separately; they are closer to the former category than the latter. The Sorcerer and More Sorcery contain live performances of two of Szabo's greatest quintets in concert settings: Jimmy Stewart on guitar, Lajos "Louis" Kabok on bass, either Marty Morell or Bill Goodwin on drums, and Hal Gordon on percussion. The Sorcerer was recorded between April 14-15 at the Jazz Workshop in Boston. It contains three of Szabo's best-known originals in the elliptical "Space" featuring stellar guitar interplay between Szabo and Stewart, the modal, Eastern-tinged "Mizrab," and the bluesy "Comin' Back," written with Clyde Otis. Among the other fine moments are a fingerpopping' funky read of Sonny Bono's "The Beat Goes On" and a fine straight up jazz take on Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love," with stinging work from Stewart and popping bongos from Gordon. More Sorcery contains three more cuts from the same Jazz Workshop performance including the Spanish-flavored original, "Los Matadoros," and an excellent reading of "Corcovado." The latter three tracks were cut live at the Monterey Jazz Fest and feature an innovative, blissed-out jazz cover of" Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and a knotty version of Szabo's "Spellbinder" with intense engagement between Stewart and the leader. All told, this two-fer revises history -- a bit -- and accounts for one of the best live recordings in his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • UPC: 600753347256
  • Catalog Number: 5334725
  • Sales rank: 184,704

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Beat Goes On (4:53)
  2. 2 Little Boat (O Barquinho) (4:23)
  3. 3 Lou-Ise (4:17)
  4. 4 What is This Thing Called Love? (5:16)
  5. 5 Space (6:39)
  6. 6 Stronger Than Us (4:13)
  7. 7 Mizrab (6:58)
  8. 8 Comin' Back (1:55)
  9. 9 Los Matodoros (12:09)
  10. 10 People (5:18)
  11. 11 Corcovado (Quiet Nights) (3:23)
  12. 12 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds (9:44)
  13. 13 Spellbinder (6:53)
  14. 14 Comin' Back (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gabor Szabo Primary Artist, Guitar
Bill Goodwin Drums
Hal Gordon Percussion
Louis Kabok Bass
Marty Morell Drums
Jimmy Stewart Guitar
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Gabor Szabo Composer
Francis Lai Composer
Roberto Menescal Composer
Ed Begley Engineer
Sonny Bono Composer
Reice Hamel Engineer
Wally Heider Engineer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Clyde Otis Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Jimmy Stewart Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Bob Thiele Producer
Bob Merrill Composer
Charles Stewart Cover Photo
Frank Kofsky Liner Notes
Joe Lebow Liner Design
Barbara Flynn Cover Design
Robert Flynn Cover Design
Ronaldo Bôscoli Composer
Pierre Arough Composer
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