An amazingly rich compilation of work from 60s groovy geniuses Gabor Szabo
and Gary McFarland – heard hear in each other's company on some tracks, and on some great solo moments as well! The package is huge – and features material the artists recorded for Verve, Prestige, and Impulse – all brought together with a very thoughtful approach, in ways that take the set way past simple reissue territory! Gabor
's guitar work is always a treat, but it sounds especially nice here on these numbers – airy, evocative, and often set to modal rhythms that really suit it's open-ended sort of vibe. Gary McFarland's wonderful too – always in his grooviest, most bossa-inspired mode, and never in the more modern or rockish territory he could sometimes hit. Titles include a rare single McFarland recorded with Antonio Carlos Jobim – with "The Dreamer" and "Rivergirl" – plus solo tracks by Gary that include "Here I Am", "Bloop Bleep", "The Sting Of The Bee", "Winter Samba", "Eye Of The Devil", "Thanks But No Thanks", and "Runaway Heart". Gabor
and Gary work together on "Gypsy Jam", "Last One To Be Loved", "Spring Song", and "Simpatico" – and Gabor
plays alone on "Gypsy Queen, "Raga Doll", "Louise", "Space", "Mizrab", and "Yearning". 23 tracks in all!