From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
In 1958, he was invited to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival. From 1961-1965, he performed with the Chico Hamilton quintet. In the late 1960s he co-founded the short-lived Skye record label along with Cal Tjader and Gary McFarland .
On the Skye label, Szabo recorded his album with Lena Horne in October and November 1969. Szabo had been part of Horne's backup band when she performed at The Nugget in Nevada in November 1966 and when she performed (with Harry Belafonte) at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in September 1969.
Szabo's album for Impulse!, Wind, Sky And Diamonds, features "The California Dreamers", a vocal-ensemble consisting of Ron Hicklin, Al Capps, Loren Farber, John Bahler, Tom Bahler, Ian Freebairn-Smith, Sally Stevens, Sue Allen and Jackie Ward.
Gabor felt he was never fully accepted as a jazz artist in the US. During a 1977 engagement at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego, he complained to the audience about George Benson's success with Breezin' (composer, Bobby Womack). He indicated that he had recorded that song before Benson and that Benson had basically stolen the arrangement from him. His version can be heard on the High Contrast album with Bobby Womack.
He died in Budapest in 1982 from liver and kidney disease while on a visit to his homeland.
- Gypsy '66 (1966) (Impulse! Records)
- Spellbinder (1966) (Impulse! Records)
- Jazz Raga (1966) (Impulse! Records)
- Wind, Sky And Diamonds (Impulse! Records)
- The Sorcerer (1967) (Impulse! Records)
- More Sorcery (1967) (Impulse! Records)
- Bacchanal (1968) (Skye Records)
- Dreams (1968) (Skye Records)
- Gabor Szabo (1968) (Skye Records)
- 1969 (1969) (Skye Records)
- Magical Connection (1970) (Blue Thumb Records)
- High Contrast (1971) (Blue Thumb Records)
- Mizrab (1972) (CTI Records)
- Rambler (1974) (CTI Records)
- Macho (1975) (CTI Records)
- Nightflight (1976) (Mercury Records)
- Faces (1977) (Mercury Records)
- Femme Fatale: Fidelity Recording Studio; Studio City, California (1979, some tracks issued on Pepita International in 1981 & Mambo Records in 1999)
- Gabor Szabo Quartet in Montreux, Switzerland Gabor Szabo; Joe Beck; Mike Richmond; Dannie Richmond; with Bobby Womack and Thelonious Monk (July 16, 1979) (private tape)
- Gabor Szabo Quartet: Live in rehearsal at Heatherside Studios, California: Gábor Szabó; Richard Thompson; Greg Lee; Bob Morin. (c. 1980) (private tape owned by drummer, Bob Morin).
- Pulzus: Gábor Szabó (Gábor Szabó's final recorded performance; Attila Garay and Peter Dando; c. August 1981) (Magyar TV-Film; Budapest)
- Memorabilia (Recorded: 1965-1971. Issued: 1982) (MCA Records)
- The Szabó Equation: Jazz / Mysticism / Exotica: The Gábor Szabó Sextet (Recorded: 1968. Issued: 1990) (DCC Jazz, Sound Sol, MMS Classix}
- Cuban Nights: Various Artists (Recorded: 1968-1969. Issued in 1998) (DCC Jazz)
- Latin Lounge: Gary McFarland (nine titles with Szabó) (Recorded: 1964-1968. Issued: 1998) (Motor Music)
- Latin Jazz for Lovers: Various Artists (Recorded: 1968-1969. Issued: 1999 (DCC Jazz (MDF (records))
- Gábor Szabó in Stockholm also as Belsta River (Recorded: 1972-1978. Issued: 2001) (Four Leaf Clover Records)
- High Contrast (Dig): (March 25, 2003 CD and MP3 downloads, original release 1970) (Verve)
- Carlos Santana Influences: Gabor Szabo Quintet et al. From Club Date, KPBS TV San Diego, CA: April 23, 1977 (VHS DCI 1995; DVD Warner Bros. 2004)
- Bacchanal & 1969 (Recorded: 1968-1969. Issued: August 30, 2004 (El (records))
- Lena Horne & Gábor Szabó(Recorded: 1969. Issued: May 16, 2005) (El (records))
- Gary Mcfarland & Gábor Szabó: Sketch for Summer (Recorded: 1964-1968. Issued: July 21, 2008) (El (records))
- Skylark Paul Desmond (Recorded Nov-Dec 1973 by Rudy Van Gelder) CTI Recording