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Hungaroton (Hun) HCD 71009

A very special thanks here to Béla Simády. 

Hungaroton (Hun) HCD 71145

A very special thanks
here to historian, discographer & annotator Geza Gabor Simon

ÉNEKEL
Myrna Bell/Ritmus Kísérettel
Qualiton Studio, Budapest, Hungary: June 27, 1956

Myrna Bell (aka Irma Hosó) (vcl), Tamás Deák (tp); Jenö "Bubi" Beamter (vib); Lajos Solymossy (p); Gábor Szabó (g); Aladár Pege (b); Gyula Kovacs (d).

a. (M2523) Sentimental Journey
   
 (Homer/Brown/Green)
b. Mambo Italiano (Bob Merrill)

Qualiton Studio, Budapest, Hungary: June 27, 1956
Myrna Bell [Irma Hosó] (voc), Tamás Deák (tp); Lajos "Lulu" Solymossy (zongora); Jenö "Bubi" Beamter (vib); Gábor Szabó (g); Aladár Pege (b); Gyula Kovacs (d).

c. Three Coins in the Fountain (Styne/Cahn)
d. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Kern/Harbach)

Issues: a-d on M.H.V. (Hun)T7283, Qualiton (Hun) T7283 [78]. 
Samplers: a also on Hungaroton (Hun) HCD 71009 [CD] titled BUBI BEAMTER - SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY: HUNGARIAN JAZZ HISTORY 2 (issued 2000) and M.H.V. (Hun) LPX17430-31 (unissued) titled A MAGYAR JAZZ TÖRTÉNETE. b also on Hungaroton (Hun) HCD 71145 [CD] titled JAZZ ES HANGULATBAN/IN JAZZ MOOD: HUNGARIAN JAZZ HISTORY 10 (issued 2002).


These are the earliest known recordings featuring Gábor Szabó. According to Hungarian jazz researcher and historian Géza Gábor Simon, this recording deserves special attention because the musicians are part of a contemporary Hungarian jazz elite. More importantly, as Simon points out, these are the first -- and unfortunately last -- Hungarian recordings Szabó ever made.

"Irma Hosó," according to Simon, "appear(ed) under the stage-name Myrna Bell" and lived in the United States. Simon indicates that of the four numbers presented here, only "Sentimental Journey" - featured on the 2000 Hungaroton CD release, BUBI BEAMTER - SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY: HUNGARIAN JAZZ HISTORY 2 - is significant from a jazz perspective. Szabó contributes only rhythm accompaniment and offers no solos here.

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