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Gabor Szabo

g, 1936-1982 HU, Budapest
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Szabó Gábor István

Hungarian jazz guitarist, born March 8, 1936 in Budapest, Hungary, died February 26, 1982 in Budapest, Hungary. An influential jazz guitarist, famous for mixing jazz, pop-rock and his native Hungarian music. Inspired by jazz music heard on Voice of America radio broadcasts, Szabó began playing guitar at the age of 14. Escaping Hungary in 1956 and moving to the United States where he attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston. In 1958, he was invited to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival. Szabó then went on to perform with the quintet of Southern California drummer Chico Hamilton from 1961 to 1965. Beginning in 1966 he recorded a well-received span of albums under his own name on the Impulse! label. In the late 1960s he co-founded the short-lived Skye Records label along with Cal Tjader and Gary McFarland. Later he signed with Blue Thumb Records and CTI Records. Gábor Szabó died in Budapest in February, 1982 from liver and kidney disease while on a visit to his homeland.

  • Guitar
  • Sitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
In Budapest AgainGabor Szabo2018Album
Magical ConnectionGabor Szabo2015Album
Gypsy '66 / SpellbinderGabor Szabo2015Compil.
The Sorcerer / More SorceryGabor Szabo2011Compil.
In BudapestGabor Szabo2008Album
Bacchanal & 1969Gabor Szabo2004Compil.
In StockholmGabor Szabo2001Compil.
MemorabiliaGabor Szabo1982Compil.
Femme FataleGabor Szabo1981Album
Sugar Pie Guy / Keep SmilingThe Joneses / Gabor Szabo1979Album
Belsta RiverGabor Szabo1979Album
FacesGabor Szabo1977Album
The BizGabor Szabo1977Single
The Essential Lena HorneLena Horne featuring Gabor Szabo1976Compil.
NightflightGabor Szabo1976Album
Gimme Your Money Please / Keep Smilin'Bachman-Turner Overdrive / Gabor Szabo1976Album
Chico HamiltonChico Hamilton, Eric Dolphy • Charles Lloyd • Gabor Szabo1976Compil.
Keep Smilin' / Baby Rattle SnakeGabor Szabo1976Single
MachoGabor Szabo1975Album
MachoGabor Szabo1975Album
RamblerGabor Szabo1974Album
Live With Charles LloydGabor Szabo1974Album
WitchcraftGabor Szabo1973Single
MizrabGabor Szabo1973Album
It's Going To Take Some TimeGabor Szabo1973Single
Small WorldGabor Szabo1972Album
Magical ConnectionGabor Szabo1972Album
(They Long To Be) Close To You / Love Theme From SpartacusGabor Szabo1972Single
His Great HitsGabor Szabo1971Compil.
Breezin' / Azure RainGabor Szabo / Bobby Womack1971Single
High ContrastGabor Szabo1971Album
Lena & GaborLena Horne & Gabor Szabo1970Album
Blowin' Some Old SmokeGabor Szabo1970Compil.
Exciting Jazz GuitarGabor Szabo1969Compil.
1969Gabor Szabo1969Album
Dear Prudence / StormyGabor Szabo1969Single
Fire Dance / Ferris WheelGabor Szabo1969Single
The Look Of Love / BacchanalGabor Szabo1968Single
DreamsGabor Szabo1968Album
BacchanalGabor Szabo1968Album
Gabor Szabo !!Gabor Szabo1968Compil.
Sunshine Superman / (Theme From) Valley Of The DollsGabor Szabo1968Single
The Best Of Gabor SzaboGabor Szabo1968Compil.
More SorceryGabor Szabo1967Album
The Beat Goes OnGabor Szabo1967Single
The SorcererGabor Szabo1967Album
Light My FireBob Thiele And His New Happy Times Orchestra / Gabor Szabo With The California Dreamers And Tom Scott & Bill Plummer1967Album
Wind, Sky And DiamondsGabor Szabo And The California Dreamers1967Album
Light My Fire / Sophisticated WheelsBob Thiele And His New Happy Times Orchestra With Gabor Szabo1967Single
SpellbinderGabor Szabo1966Album
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) / Gypsy QueenGabor Szabo1966Single
Sophisticated Wheels / Paint It BlackGabor Szabo1966Single
SimpáticoGary McFarland, Gabor Szabo1966Album
WitchcraftGabor Szabo1966Single
Jazz RagaGabor Szabo1966Album
Gypsy '66Gabor Szabo With Gary McFarland & Co.1965Album
Sealed With A Kiss / Both Sides NowGabor SzaboSingle
Yesterday / Walk On ByGabor SzaboSingle
Enciende Mi FuegoBob Thiele, Gabor SzaboSingle
Saigon Bride / Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon)Gabor SzaboSingle
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