Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock
Digitally remastered edition of this 1967 album from the Hungarian guitarist. The world famous Impulse Jazz catalog is so cavernous, you truly need a music-minded flashlight to uncover its deepest and darkest secrets. Than... more »
Digitally remastered edition of this 1967 album from the Hungarian guitarist. The world famous Impulse Jazz catalog is so cavernous, you truly need a music-minded flashlight to uncover its deepest and darkest secrets. Thankfully, Light In The Attic has recently acquired such luminescent technology and the first discovery is Szabo's Indo-fusion landmark, Jazz Raga. Combining Szabo's distinctive six-string touch and open-minded ideas, it brings together Jazz, Pop-Rock, and his native European influence, along with hypnotic sitar, stoned bass vibrations, occasional Psychedelic vocals, and the laidback, yet totally in the pocket, Latin/R&B infused backbeat of #1 session drummer, Bernard Purdie.
...pleasant, but don't quite get it.
Sound/Word Enthusiast | Rhode Island, USA | 08/15/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"...this is a very well-executed reissue, with a classy digipak and a HUGE booklet filled with insightful, informative notes and awesome photos. No expense was spared in the presentation of what is, to me, a quite marginal and uninteresting session. Billed as some sort of unjustly neglected nexus of jazz, pop, psych, and Indian-fusion, it really just sounds like a mildly exotic easy-listening session, with some awkward sitar fumbling and some fey, underwhelming vocals. Bernard Purdie sounds great, as he always does, but clearly this cannot be the best that Szabo has to offer...
That said, while it's not an amazing listen, I do imagine that in its era it was a relatively brave thing to do. Time has not been kind to it, but there is the spark of a maverick spirit deep in its drones and grooves.
Contrary to Amazon's listing, there are not extra tracks on this edition. Regardless of my feelings towards this particular session, I really admire Light in the Attic's amazing reissue program, which uphold the highest standards of audio and presentation."