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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00007KMS5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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His music is refined, easy to listen to and expertly done.
Dick K
Wolfgang Melz plays solid yet interesting basslines, and his co-composition "Fingers" provides another fine vehicle for extended guitar improvisation.
J. Levinson
Fans of jazz guitar should go for this album, and it should also appeal to any listener who appreciates interesting instrumental music.
Donald E. Gilliland

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Levinson on May 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This unlikely collaboration with R&B star Bobby Womack is surprisingly successful as an instrumental smooth-jazz guitar session. Womack uncharacteristically takes no vocals, and proves himself a very competent and sympathetic rhythm guitarist. This album feature's Womack's original recording of his composition "Breezin'", which was a smash crossover hit for George Benson. Szabo interprets the melody in his staccato voice, his approach more restrained than Benson's, but captivating in it's own way. "Amazon" has a dark tropical feel. Wolfgang Melz plays solid yet interesting basslines, and his co-composition "Fingers" provides another fine vehicle for extended guitar improvisation. The finale, "I Remember When" features a well-arranged string section that serves as a fine foil for Szabo's take on the country-style melody.
Bobby Womack - Guitar (Electric)
Gabor Szabo - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)
Mark Levine - Piano
Wolfgang Melz - Bass
Phil Upchurch - Bass
Jim Keltner - Drums
Bruce Botnick - Engineer
Felix "Flaco" Falcon - Conga
Carmelo Garcia - Timbales, Tom-Tom, Tom-Tom
Rene Hall - String Arrangements
Tommy LiPuma - Producer
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on December 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I believe this disc in many ways was ahead of the curve or one of the forerunners of a subgenre of jazz that is now known as smooth jazz. Recorded in 1971 most pop jazz was typically pop standards reworked into a jazz idiom; George Benson's recording of Beatles songs come to mind as well as Wes Montgomery. This disc maintains true jazz integrity with improvisation yet unveils the smooth side of jazz. It is actually quite an accomplished bit of interaction by soul-ballader-singer Bobby Womack(later known for a classic of smooth jazz entitled "What You Won't Do For Love)who does not sing here but rather plays electric guitar. The distinct fret work by Hungarian Gabor Szabo is hard to describe but he bends his notes in a gypsyesque-rock-jazz style that was definitely his own style. Once you here his work you will always be able to distinguish his style.The song made famous by George Benson but written by Bobby Womack, "Breezin"(later a smooth jazz monster hit)is a song you will want to here over and over. It is so pure and perfect and the interaction by Womack and Szabo is complete harmony on guitar. Another song that is very melodic is "Azure Blue" where the guitar work by Womack reminds me of George Benson at times but the Szabo twang interacts to create an element of foreign distinction. Four of the tracks are penned by Womack including "Just a Little Communication" that features more of the duo guitarists in sync."If You Don't Want My Love" is a breezy ballad that shifts tempo but always stays on track and during certain parts sounds like Wes Montgomery. This is original music that establishes a style and receipe that others would adhere to and capitalize from years later. This is an original smooth jazz disc with attitude before their was a genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on March 21, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The first Gabor Szabo album that I heard was the classic "Sorcerer." Hard to imagine him topping that one, but he came very close with this fine album, teaming up with the mighty Bobby Womack for some great playing and strumming. The versions of Womack's "If You Don't Want My Love" and "Communication" are very pleasing, as is his version of "Breezin'", later a huge hit for George Benson. Fans of jazz guitar should go for this album, and it should also appeal to any listener who appreciates interesting instrumental music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By blueish on April 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It is not actually smooth jazz neither pop jazz but has tiny spots from both of these fields with a bluesy mix . A very pleasant listening indeed . GUITARIST Gabor Szabo plays in a very sentimental and romantic way in most of the compositions of the album keeping your attenion focused mainly in music .IF YOU DONT WANT MY LOVE excells .
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By Dennis Watts on June 1, 2013
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
I can't count all the times I saw Gabor live. This of course has the song, Breezin', that Benson made a hit from(notice how identical the arrangements?...same producer). This is a good place to start for anyone interested in this neglected guitarist. If you're looking for a straight-ahead jazz guitarist, you're looking in the wrong place. Gabor was always experimenting with various influences: rock, big band, pop, Eastern, etc... These are pretty much all Bobby Womack tunes. Plus, he plays all the rhythm guitar parts. My favorite Gabor album is still Magical Connection which is still not available on CD. I could go on.
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i guess my first question is, did szabo ever record with womack again, and, if not, why the HELL not?! each track on this release is stellar, and womack's influence seems to work perfectly, beautifully, upliftingly, with szabo's style. next question: when is CTI going to release szabo's work on MP3?!!!!!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Durge on August 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am a great fan of Gabor Szabo but I feel strongly that the essence of his greatest contributions to music is concentrated in the formative years when he created music like that heard on Jazz Raga and Spellbinder. So it is hard for me to give this recording the five stars those albums would always get but I definitely like a good portion of High Contrast. Every worthwhile artist tries to move along into different sounds and Gabor was always looking to mix with the popular vein to some groovy extent. I would sum this album up as some very nicely orchestrated and well played "acid jazz". The first four tracks are good to excellent, Breezin' is as nice as Benson's later interpretation. The remaining three tracks were noticeably more akin to a disco / smooth jazz sound and I lost interest pretty quickly. But it is very well done and does display a fair taste of Gabor's always unique and expressive guitar style, especially the first part of the album. I was relieved to see that Bobby Womack didn't make this into something that Gabor might not fit in with, no singing thankfully (although I am fond of some of Gabor's quirky vocalizations from the 60's), and definitely a Szabo album. Szabo fans should add this to their collection as I have. If you're new to this special musician, you may like this, High Contrast is something anybody will find pleasant if not very likeable. However, a true jazz fan will probably prefer the earlier works as I have mentioned but it isn't for everyone.
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