Revolutionary Jazz (2016)
Willis Conover’s Jazz Hour (Voice of America) – Jazz From Hungary (1956)

  1. Moll Blues (Iván Zágon)
  2. Stalintown Blues (Gábor Szabó/Attila Garai)
  3. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)
  4. Sweet And Lovely (Gus Arnheim)
  5. Bernie’s Tune (Bernie Miller)
  6. Canon (Attila Garai)

  1. Zágon-Radics Quartet:
    Iván Zágon – piano
    Gábor Radics – vibraphone
    Lajos (Louis) Kabók – contrabass
    Ferenc Ruttka – drums
  2. Gábor Szabó Quintet:
    Gábor Szabó – guitar
    Attila Garai – piano
    Lajos (Louis) Kabók – contrabass
    Gyula Kovács – drums
    György Váradi – tenor saxophone
  3. Ivan Zágon Trio:
    Iván Zágon – piano
    Lajos (Louis) Kabók – contrabass
    Ferenc Ruttka – drums
  4. Attila Garai Trio:
    Attila Garai – piano
    Tibor Thomka – contrabass
    Gyula Kovács – drums
  5. Attila Garai Sextet:
    Ervin Vászondi – trumpet
    György Váradi – tenor saxophone
    Attila Garai – piano
    Gábor Szabó – guitar
    Tibor Thomka – contrabass
    Gyula Kovács – drums
  6. Attila Garai Sextet:
    Ervin Vászondi – trumpet
    György Váradi – tenor saxophone
    Attila Garai – piano
    Gábor Szabó – guitar
    Tibor Thomka – contrabass
    Gyula Kovács – drums

Willis Conover, Gerry Mulligan, Tony Scott, Quincy Jones, J.J. Johnson – Commentary

Recorded in mid 1956, Budapest, Hungary

1 to 6 issued on CD in 2016 as AN001 2016 U.S. Embassy/Amerikai Nagykövetsége

In the summer of 1956, the cultural attaché at the American Embassy in Budapest, Ernest Nagy, was brave enough to secretly record several Hungarian jazz musicians in studio performance. Nagy took the session tapes to Willis Conover, host of Voice of America, the radio program that introduced many Europeans to American jazz. The Hungarian Revolution broke out on October 23 of that year and Conover broadcast Nagy’s tapes on November 23, 1956 – with commentary by such jazz luminaries as Quincy Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Tony Scott, J.J. Johnson and Billy Taylor – not knowing if any of the musicians heard here were even still alive. This release honors the 60th anniversary of the program’s original airing and presents some of the earliest known recordings by Hungarian jazz legends Gabor Szabo, Attila Garay and Louis Kabok.