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  Gabor Szabo Quartet
Live at the Agora Ballroom; Cleveland, Ohio: 1976
Charlie Kendall (announcer).

a. (Introduction) - 0:21
b. (Introduction continued) - 1:32

Gabor Szabo (g) with unknown (el-p): unknown (b); unknown (d).

c. It Happens (Tony Dumas) - 12:10

Gabor Szabo (g) with unknown (p): unknown (b); unknown (d).

d. Autumn Leaves (Kosma/Prevert/Mercer) - 13:19
e. Magical Connection (John Sebastian) - 13:31

Gabor Szabo (g) with unknown (el-p): unknown (b); unknown (d).

f. Concorde (Nighflight)
     (Ritchie Rome/Gabor Szabo)- 11:47

Charlie Kendall (announcer).

g. (Sansui QS Channel 4 advertisement) - 1:46

Note: Special thanks to Marc Baranowski for alerting me to this recording.

Issues: None
Producer: Denny Martin
Engineer: Arnie Rosenberg, Jim Hillenbrand, Ken Tomsick.


From the announcements:

a. Welcome to the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio, for The New World of Jazz. Tonight's live concert, brought to you in Sansui QS Quadraphonic Sound, featuring Gabor Szabo, a man whose guitar playing is virtually impossible to place into any one single category. But we'll hear it, coming up in just a few moments.

b. Gabor Szabo is our guest tonight on The New World Of Jazz, a man who lived through the nightmare of 1956 in Hungary when the Russian forces stamped out the Hungarian revolt. It was a very restrictive time when musicians were afraid to play American music, especially jazz. But he made it out of that, playing light classical and gypsy music in public, even though jazz was his passion, and listening to Radio Free Europe and the broadcasts of Stan Kenton and Miles Davis and made his way to America, where he enrolled in the Berklee School of Music to start formal training. In the early 60s, he managed to end up with Chico Hamilton and briefly with Gary McFarland and Charles Lloyd and then organized his first group in 1966. His debut album on Mercury is Nightflight, an album produced by Bunny Sigler, which is sort of odd because Bunny is an R&B artist. But then Gabor's music is sort of odd because it encompasses virtually every facet of music. And, as I said before, it's virtually impossible to put him in any one category. The chief influence he's had in America was Carlos Santana. He had the opportunity to spend the summer with Carlos, as a guest at his home, and as a result of that Szabo now uses the electric guitar exclusively. And he says of himself, "I play as if it were the last time I'll ever play. I just want to make people happy." Welcome, please, Gabor Szabo.

d. You're listening to The New World of Jazz, brought to you in Sansui QS Quadraphonic Sound, tonight featuring Gabor Szabo.

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