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  FIVE FACES OF JAZZ
Gabor Szabo Quintet (et. al.)
Newport Jazz Festival: July 1, 1967

Gabor Szabo, Jimmy Stewart (g); Louis Kabok (b); Bill Goodwin Jr. (d); Hal Gordon (per).

a. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
     (Romberg/Hammerstein) - 8:27
b. Emily (Johnny Mandel/Johnny Mercer) - 6:52
c. Mizrab (Gabor Szabo) - 13:54

Jimmy Stewart (g).

d. The Shadow Of Your Smile
     (Johnny Mandel/Paul Francis Webster) - 1:21

Gabor Szabo, Jimmy Stewart (g); Louis Kabok (b); Bill Goodwin Jr. (d); Hal Gordon (per).

e. My Foolish Heart (Victor Young/Ned Washington)
     /Comin' Back (Gabor Szabo/Johnny Otis)-13:21

Note: As of this writing, Szabo's performance at this concert is available at Wolfgang's Vault to stream (free) or download. (Special thanks to Marc Baranowski for noting this.)

Issues: b only (in the film)


A most beautiful performance of Johnny Mandel's popular theme from the film, THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY. Szabo sets "Emily" in a samba environment and, hunched over his guitar, brings a mysterious romance from a private world deep within. He seems to flirt with Jimmy Stewart's acoustic counterpoint and attracts a most sensuous solo -- as if the music was written in Stewart's soul and pours effortlessly from his strings. Sufficiently courted, Szabo responds in kind with a lovely single-string solo of his own. Likewise, each member of the group listens carefully. Each watches the others intently. Rhythmic support motivates with empathy and provides a lush cushion for a memorable performance.

This National Educational Television special (made for WGBH-TV) captures Szabo in his only solo appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival. While ostensibly highlighting the 1967 event, the rest of the film features Herbie Mann performing with his group and guests such as Roy Ayers and Olatunji.

 

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