An amazing collaboration between Gary McFarland and Gabor Szabo
– easily one of the grooviest albums either artist recorded in the 60s! The set's heavy on McFarland's great style of arranging – that cool blend of bossa, jazz, and other elements that surfaced strongly on his 60s Verve sessions – but which here has an even sharper focus, thanks to Gabor Szabo
's haunting work on guitar! Instrumentation includes Gary's vibes, Gabor
's guitar, and some added guitar, bass, and drums – plus Latin percussion as well – the last of which is used to create complex rhythms that really make the tunes move nicely. Some cuts are mellow and laidback, others upbeat mod jazz – and there's also a fair bit of vocals on the set, but usually in that toned-down way you'd hear on Gary's own albums – heavily processed, and almost in the background behind the instruments. Titles include some great originals and a few very groovy covers – with tunes that include "Hey Here's A Heart", "She's A Cruiser", "You Will Pay", "Cool Water", "The Word", "Simpatico", "Spring Song", and "Yamaha Mama" – fitting enough, because the cover features the pair on motorcycles donated by Yamaha!
(Orange and black label mono pressing with a Van Gelder stamp – very nice!)