Gypsy ’66 (1966)
Gabor Szabo with Gary McFarland & Co.

  1. Yesterday (Paul McCartney/John Lennon)
  2. The Last One to Be Loved (Burt Bacharach/Hal David)
  3. The Echo of Love (Gary McFarland)
  4. Gypsy ’66 [a.k.a. Lady Gabor] (Gabor Szabo)
  5. Flea Market [a.k.a. The Blizzard Song] (Gary McFarland)
  6. Walk on by (Burt Bacharach/Hal David)
  7. If I Fell (Paul McCartney/John Lennon)
  8. Gypsy Jam (Gabor Szabo)
  9. I’m All Smiles (Michael Leonard/Herbert Martin)

Gabor Szabo – guitar
Gary McFarland – marimba
Sadao Watanabe – flute
Barry Galbraith (1-3), Sam Brown (4-9) – guitar
Al Stinson (1-3), Richard Davis (4-9) – bass
Grady Tate – drums
Willie Rodriguez (1-3), Francisco Pozo (4-9) – percussion

Produced by Belle-Arts International [likely a pseudonym for Gary McFarland]
Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder

Recorded November 1965 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

1 to 9 issued on LP in 1966 as Impulse A(S)-9105
1 and 6 issued on 45 as Impulse 45-244

Gypsy ’66 is a subdued debut for the eclectic Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo. Unfortunately, it suffers McFarland’s light instrumental-pop approach. But it makes for an appealing transition for Szabo, who sought relief from the “energy music” he made as part of Charles Lloyd’s quartet in 1965. Szabo does, however, rise above the proceedings on “Gypsy Jam” and “Gyspy 66” to generate the powerful, hypnotic groove he often enchanted audiences with.

In a DownBeat Blindfold Test on June 29, 1967, Leonard Feather played Szabo’s performance of “Walk on By” for fellow guitarist Wes Montgomery. Remarks Montgomery of the performance: “That’s Gabor Szabo. I can tell right away. He’s got a unique style. It’s different.” Montgomery concluded, “(o)f course, I didn’t think that number was particularly exciting,” despite having recorded plenty of his own more orchestrated versions of Burt Bachrach songs.

During 1966-67, the Charles Lloyd Quartet – featuring Keith Jarrett – regularly performed Szabo’s “Gypsy ’66” (a.k.a. Lady Gabor). According to Michel Ruppli’s Atlantic Records: A Discography, several performances of the song were recorded (July 23 or 24, 1966, at Antibes; October 29, 1966, in Oslo and January 27, 1967, in San Francisco). Only the October 1966 performance, titled “Gypsy ’66,” was issued on The Flowering of the Original Charles Lloyd Quartet (Atlantic SD-1586), a 1971 compilation of previously unreleased Lloyd performances.

Szabo’s version of McFarland’s “Flea Market” was also sampled by Mocean Worker (a.k.a. Adam Dorn) for “Tres Tres Chic,” a song that was also featured in the films The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and The Pink Panther (2006).