Gabor Szabo, Jimmy Stewart (g), Louis Kabok (b), Jim Keltner (d), Hal Gordon (perc), Tony Miranda, Ray Alonge, Brooks Tillotson (Fhr), Gary McFarland (p, arr), Julius Schacter (vln), George Ricci (cello)
Reference: SK 1001
Bar code: 8427328447010
After leaving Impulse at the end of the Sixties (for which he recorded such legendary albums as Jazz Raga, Gypsy 66, Spellbinder, The Sorcerer and Simpatico with Gary McFarland) came Dreams. From the opening chords of Galatea's Guitar, it is clear this in no ordinary jazz album. Through the seven pieces here, the guitar is naturally at the forefront, yet the backing group is anything but secondary.
For this album, his quintet (featuring guitar ace Jimmy Stewart) is augmented by Gary McFarlands fine string arrangements. The set features a nice selection of originals and pop covers. The warm tones and Eastern influences of Dreams makes this one of Gabor Szabos best albums.
Originally recorded in August 1968, this CD version has the same tracks in the same order as the original release (out of print since the early 1980s) and with a tasteful digipack sleeve and original artwork.
01. Galatea's Guitar (Szabo) 5:33
02. Half the Day is the Night (McFarland) 4:23
03. Song of Injured Love (DeFalla) 4:05
04. The Fortune Teller (Szabo-Kabok) 4:28
05. Fire Dance (DeFalla) 5:39
06. The Lady in the Moon (Szabo) 5:13
07. Ferris Wheel (Donovan) 5:27
Total time: 35:34 min.
Originally issued as Skye Records gatefolder album SK-7
Gabor Szabo, Jimmy Stewart (guitars); Louis Kabok (bass); Jim Keltner (drums); Hal Gordon (percusion); Tony Miranda, Ray Alonge, Brooks Tillotson (French horn); Gary McFarland (piano); Julius Schacter (violin); George Ricci (cello). All arangements by Gary McFarland.
Recorded at Western Recordings, Los Angeles August 6, 7 & 9, 1968, and at Gotham Recordings, New York, August 22, 1968
Sound engineers: Andy Richardson (LA), Eddie Rice (NY)
Cover illustration: David Stahlberg
Photography: Barry Peake
Design: Robert Flynn / Viceroy
Original liner notes: Bill Ardis
Producer: Gary McFarland
This CD reissue produced for release by Jordi Pujol
"Here, Gabor Szabo ambitiously pairs his outstanding quintet (featuring Jimmy Stewart) with Gary McFarland's subtle string and horn arrangements in a collection of originals, pop covers, and classical reinterpretations. The result is a sort of accessible third-stream music. Szabo has many fine moments, and provides nice spaces for the beautiful guitar solos of Jimmy Stewart."
Douglas Payne -All Music Guide