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MACHO
Gabor Szabo
Kendun Recorders; Burbank, California: April 3, 1975
Bob James (key); Gabor Szabo (g); Scott Edwards (b); Harvey Mason (d).

a. Time (Gabor Szabo)
b. Evening In The Country (Gabor Szabo) - 5:24

Kendun Recorders; Burbank, California: April 4, 1975
Bob James (key); Ian Underwood (synth); Gabor Szabo (g); Louis Johnson (b); Harvey Mason (d, arr); Bobbye Hall (perc). 
Kendun Recorders; Burbank, California: April 8, 1975
Jon Faddis (tp); George Bohannon (tb); Bob James (key, arr); Tom Scott (ts, lyricon); Bobbye Hall (perc).

c. Ziggidy Zag (Harvey Mason) - 5:58

Kendun Recorders; Burbank, California: April 4, 1975
Bob James (key); Ian Underwood (synth); Gabor Szabo (g); Louis Johnson (b); Harvey Mason (d, arr); Bobbye Hall (perc). 
unknown.
Ralph MacDonald, Idris Muhammad (perc)?

d. Macho (Gabor Szabo) - 9:13
e. Macho (alt. take) (Gabor Szabo) - 11:27
f. Poetry Man (Phoebe Snow) - 4:28

Kendun Recorders; Burbank, California: April 5, 1975
Bob James (key, arr); Ian Underwood (synth); Gabor Szabo (g); Louis Johnson (b); Harvey Mason (d).
Kendun Recorders; Burbank, California: April 7, 1975
Tom Scott (ts, lyricon); Ian Underwood (synth); Gabor Szabo, Eric Gale (rhythm g).
Kendun Recorders; Burbank, California: April 8, 1975
Jon Faddis (tp); George Bohannon (tb); Bob James (key, arr); Tom Scott (ts, lyricon); Bobbye Hall (perc).
unknown.
Ralph MacDonald, Idris Muhammad (perc)?

g. Hungarian Rhapsody #2 (F. Liszt) - 6:52
h. Transylvania Boogie (Bob James) - 5:31 

Kendun Recorders; Burbank, California: April 5, 1975
Bob James (key, arr); Ian Underwood (synth); Gabor Szabo (g); Louis Johnson (b); Harvey Mason (d). 

i. Time (Gabor Szabo) - 5:31

Note: Detail on above dates and musicians is from the original recording contracts - and does not agree with detail provided on Sony Jazz (E) 5128012 [CD], which indicates (1) Louis Johnson (b), not Scott Edwards, on "Evening In The Country," (2) Ralph MacDonald and Idris Muhammad (perc), not Bobby Hall, on "Ziggidy Zag," "Macho," "Poetry Man," "Hungarian Rhapsody" and "Transylvania Boogie" and (3) Scott Edwards (b), not Louis Johnson, on "Time."

Issues: c-d & f-i on Salvation SAL-704 S1, Salvation (Jap) GP-3032, Salvation (Jap) LAX-3196, Salvation (Jap) K20P-6843, Salvation (Jap) KICJ-8106 [CD], PJL (Jap) MTCJ-4020 [CD]. b-i on Epic/Legacy (E) 5128012 [CD].
Samplers: c also on Brown Sugar (E) BSR1007-1, Brown Sugar (E) BSR1007-2 [CD] titled HIT THE RHODES, JACK and King (Jap) KICJ-603 [CD] titled WAX POETICS - COMPILED SERIES: SAMPLE & BREAKS OF CTI RECORDS. d also on CTI (Jap) KICP-674 [CD] titled CTI CLASSICS FEATURING CAPTAIN FUNK: URBAN FUNK SHOWCASE. g & h also on CTI (Jap) K18P 6286/7 titled UNTITLED - CTI COLLECTION. h also on CTI (Jap) GXC-3001/2 titled FOUR FACES (as by Bob James). 
Producer: Bob James. Associate Producer: Morgan Ames.
Engineer: Phil Schier, Joan DeCola. Assistant Engineer: Peter Chaiken.
Notes: Gene Lees. Didier C. Deutsch (Epic/Legacy (E) 5128012 [CD]). (Notes by Douglas Payne not used).


As much a product of its time as it is the result of session overlord Bob James' style, MACHO makes for quite a good Gabor Szabo record. The guitarist again opts to work with studio musicians here. But he is heard in markedly good form, spinning out exceptionally memorable solo lines and playing leads like he means it. Besides Szabo, only Bob James and Tom Scott are offered solo roles and both compliment the guitarist's style nicely. "Hungarian Rhapsody," although popularized in James' inimitable and not unlikable style, is a successful celebration of Szabo's heritage and the result of the guitarist's recent return from his native land. Although it would be interesting to hear a more traditional arrangement of this composition, Szabo employs gusto in his dance-jazz variation. Szabo invests some of his best playing in the album's greatest moments: the lovely ballad, "Time" (which became a staple of Szabo's repertoire and was later known as "Alicia") and the enchanting, hypnotic "Macho," another variant of Szabo's reliable "Passin' Thru" groove. Both titles deserve high status in the guitarist's recorded lineage. The album's remaining tracks - the disco-jazz of Bob James' "Transylvania Boogie," the Headhunters funk of Harvey Mason's "Ziggedy Zag" and a cover of Phoebe Snow's hit ballad "Poetry Man" - are also quite well done and worth hearing. MACHO, perhaps Gabor Szabo's last significant recording, offers much of the guitarist and his unique personality to be enjoyed.

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