|Birth name||Gábor István Szabó|
March 8, 1936|
February 26, 1982 (aged 45)|
|Genres||Jazz, pop, rock|
|Labels||Impulse!, Skye, Blue Thumb, CTI|
Gábor Szabó was born in Budapest, Hungary. He began playing guitar at the age of 14. When he was 20, in the aftermath of the Hungarian revolution of 1956. He moved to California and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston between 1958 and 1960.
In 1961, Szabo became a member of quintet that was led by Chico Hamilton and included Charles Lloyd, playing what has been described as chamber jazz, with "a moderate avant-gardism". Szabo was influenced by the rock music of the 1960s, particularly the use of feedback. In 1965 he was in a jazz pop group led by Gary McFarland, then worked again with Lloyd in an energetic quartet with Ron Carter and Tony Williams. The song "Gypsy Queen" from Szabo's debut solo album Spellbinder became a hit for rock guitarist Carlos Santana. During the late 1960s, Szabo worked in a group with guitarist Jimmy Stewart. He started the label Skye Records with McFarland and Cal Tjader.
Szabo continued to be drawn to more popular, commercial music in the 1970s. He performed often in California, combing elements of Gypsy and Indian music with jazz. He returned often to his home country of Hungary to perform, and it was there that he died just short of his 46th birthday.
With Steve Allen
With Paul Desmond
With Coke Escovedo
With Chico Hamilton
With Charles Lloyd
With Gary McFarland
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