Prelude & Deodato 2
Themes from The Exorcist, The French Connection, The Sting and other great films & Flashpoint
Hiroshima & Odori
Hungarian born jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo arrived in America in the late 1950s, having fled the anti-communist uprising in his homeland. By the early 1960s, he had begun to establish himself as one of jazz's rising stars, joining drummer Chico Hamilton's group in 1960. He left Hamilton in 1965 and briefly played in a group co-led with tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd before going out on his own as a solo artist. Between 1965 and 1977, he recorded a string of solo albums for the Impulse, Blue Thumb, Skye, CTI and Mercury labels. Recorded for Mercury in 1976, the Nightflight sessions saw Szabo travelling to Philadelphia's Sigma Sound Studios to make an album indebted to the funky, soulful music of the legendary Philadelphia International Records home to such artists as Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, Billy Paul, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Three Degrees and The O'Jays. Deepening Nightflight's links to The Philadelphia Sound were the musicians accompanying Szabo. The rhythm section comprised members of Instant Funk a group who appeared on many Philadelphia International recordings alongside various studio players, among them keyboardist-composer Dexter Wansel and guitarist-pianist-singer Bunny Sigler who also produced the sessions. The result is a colourful fusion of lush soul music with Szabo's distinctive brand of jazz guitar.
Includes an 8-page booklet with extensive biographical information and the stories behind the albums.
Remastered from the original analogue tapes. First time on CD.
The original LP SRM-1-1091 (1976) STEREO
Concorde (Nightflight) (Rome; Szabo)
Funny Face (Sigler; Rome)
Baby Rattle Snake (Sigler; Miller)
Theme for Gabor (Rome)
Keep Smilin' (Sigler; Felter)
Every Minute Counts (Rome; Szabo)
Smooth Sailin' (Life; Holder) 7:10
The original single 73840 (1976) STEREO
Keep Smilin' (Sigler; Felter) edited version
Baby Rattle Snake (Sigler; Miller) edited version
From the original single 9198 184 (1976) STEREO
Keep Smilin' (Sigler; Felter) full-length version
Gabor Szabo (guitar)
Bunny Sigler, Kim Miller, Theodore Life (guitars)
Bunny Sigler (piano)
Jimmy Sigler (organ)
Dexter Wansel (synthesizer)
Raymond Earl (bass guitar)
Scotty Miller (drums)
Johnnie McCann (congas/bongos)
Gabor Szabo, Bunny Sigler, Theodore Life (vocals)
“ Szabo’s opus, Nightflight, his Mercury debut from 1976, is unequivocally inspired by the lush Philadelphia soul style. It was recorded at the city’s iconic Sigma Sound studio and produced by singer/songwriter/pianist Bunny Sigler, with horn and string charts by noted City Of Brotherly Love arranger Richie Rome. The set’s killer cut is its magnificent cinematic opener, Concorde (Nightflight).”
Charles Waring, Record Collector magazine, March 2015
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