Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: December 1972
Bob James (el-p); Gabor Szabo (g, overdub g); Ron Carter (b); Billy Cobham (d); Ralph
a. Mizrab (Gabor
Szabo) - 9:35
Bob James (p); Gabor Szabo (g, overdub g); Ron
Carter (b); Jack DeJohnette (d).
b. Thirteen (Gabor Szabo) - 9:18
Marvin Stamm (tp,flh); Wayne Andre (tb);
James Buffington, Brooks Tillotson (frh); John Campo (b-cl,bassoon); Sidney
Weinberg (oboe,eng hrn); Hubert Laws (f,b-f,al-f,picc); George Marge (oboe,cl,recorders);
Bob James (el-p,arr,cond); Gabor Szabo (g); Ron Carter (b); Jack DeJohnette
(d); Ralph MacDonald (perc); Max Ellen, Paul Gershman, Harold Kohan, Charles
Libove, Joe Malim, David Nadien, John Pintaualle, Irving Spice (vln); Richard
Dickler, Theodore Israel (viola); Charles McCracken, George Ricci, Alan
Shulman (cello); Charles Israel (arco-b); Margaret Ross (harp).
c. It's Going To Take Some
(Carole King) - 4:15
same or similar except Jack DeJohnette (d)
replaces Billy Cobham.
d. Summer Breeze
(Seals/Croft) - 6:07
same or similar except Ron Carter (arco-b).
e. Concerto #2 (based on
the Andante from Dmitri Shostakovitch's "Piano Concerto No. 2 In F
Major" - 1957) (Dmitri Shostakovich) - 7:20
"It's Going To Take Some
Time" recorded December 19, 1972.
a-e on CTI 6026,
One Way (Br) OW-552,
CTI (Jap) SR-3343, CTI (Jap) LAX-3234, CTI (Jap) KICJ-8317 [CD], CTI (Jap)
Singles: c also on CTI OJ-14  (promotional only).
also on CTI (Jap) GXC-3001/2 titled FOUR FACES (as by Bob James), CBS
Associated ZK 45218 [CD] titled CTI
MASTERS OF THE KEYBOARD and CTI (Jap) KICP 1058 [CD] titled TIME &
LOVE - THE BOY WHO BECAME A BIRD - A TRIBUTE TO CTI. e also on CTI (Jap) K18P 6286/7
titled UNTITLED - CTI COLLECTION.
Producer: Creed Taylor
Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder.
perhaps Gabor Szabo's finest composition, was performed
as a preface to John Coltrane's "India" in 1994
by the PSYCHEDELIC GUITAR CIRCUS
(Rykodisc RCD10347 [CD]), a guitar collective featuring Henry
Kaiser (el-g), Steve Kimock (el-g), Harvey Mandel (el-g);
Freddie Roulette (el-lap steel g, vcl), Bob Bralove
(key), Bobby Vega (b) and John Hanes (d). Their beautiful
version of "Mizrab" resembles the eclectic
elegance of Szabo's "Flowers and Love,"
featured on Steve Allen's SONGS FOR GENTLE PEOPLE and the rhythmic basis for Szabo's later
performances of "Mizrab." Lee Ritenour, who Szabo once
introduced to Lena Horne as a replacement, also covered the song on
his August 2002 release, RIT'S HOUSE (GRP 314 589 825-2 [CD]).
Dan Sperber and Luke Casey also covered "Mizrab" with unique
majesty on their 2003 disc, RELAXOMATIC PROJECTIONS (Antenna (NZ) 038
sampled by Lee Ritenour for "Mizrab" from RIT'S HOUSE,
GRP 314 589 825-2 [CD] (2002).
Guitarist Gabor Szabo began his
apprenticeship with Creed Taylors profitable but
often critically-slighted CTI Records with this
above-average collection of fusion and pop/jazz. The long
Szabo compositions on side one, "Mizrab" and
"Thirteen," are excellent showcases for the
alluring, hypnotic and surprising chemistry between the
guitarist and the electric keyboards of Bob James.
Shostakovich, Carole King and Seals & Crofts get
workouts here too. Szabo is in top-form on MIZRAB, well-supported by the excellent contributions
of bassist Ron Carter and drummers Jack DeJohnette and
Billy Cobham. Deserves to be reissued on CD.