More Sorcery (1968)
Gabor Szabo

  1. Los Matadoros (Gabor Szabo)
  2. People (Bob Merrill/Jule Styne)
  3. Corcovado (Antonio Jobim)
  4. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  5. Spellbinder (Gabor Szabo)
  6. Comin’ Back (Gabor Szabo/Clyde Otis)

Gabor Szabo, Jimmy Stewart – guitar
Lajos “Louis” Kabok – bass
Marty Morell (1-3), Bill Goodwin (4-6) – drums
Hal Gordon – percussion

Recorded live at the Jazz Workshop, Boston on April 14-15, 1967 (1-3) and
the Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, California on September 17, 1967 (4-6)

Produced by Bob Thiele
Engineered by Ed Begley (1-3) and Wally Heider (4-6)
Liner notes by Frank Kofsky

1 to 6 issued on LP in 1968 as Impulse A(S)-9167

Gabor Szabo dazzled audiences throughout his twenty-year career in jazz. Occasional live recordings like this hinted at Szabo’s “sorcery” more than many of his studio dates.

Side one of More Sorcery showcases three excellent performances at the Jazz Workshop while the second side features three show-stopping performances from Szabo’s electrifying and memorable appearance at the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival. Guitarist Jimmy Stewart is in fine form, prompting Szabo to some daring sounds and exciting interplay – especially during “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”

This performance of “Spellbinder” is also featured in the film 10th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Directed by Lane Slate, the 59-minute NET Festival Presentation features rehearsals, performance footage and interviews.

Narrator and festival director Ralph J. Gleason (also the film’s co-producer) concentrates on the festival itself — how it originated, how it’s organized, how it’s managed — seemingly at the expense of the music.

While Dizzy Gillespie, Don Ellis, Richie Havens and B.B. King are seen performing, Szabo’s “Spellbinder” plays while Gleason and festival organizer Jimmy Lyons talk about the festival’s appeal and scenes of audience enjoyment are shown. Only the hands of a percussionist, presumably Hal Gordon, are shown for several seconds during the performance of “Spellbinder.”