Dreams - Gabor Szabo

Album: Dreams

Artist: G谩bor Szab贸

Year: 1968

Genre: Jazz, Third Wave

            In my opinion, any type of music can be improved when you fuse it with jazz.  This concept seemed to be primary compositional tool around which Hungarian guitarist G谩bor Szab贸 based his short yet prolific career.

            Much of Szab贸鈥檚 work can be classified as Third Stream music; that is, a fusion of jazz and classical music.  Dreams (1968) stands as a microcosm of this unique style of composition.  Presenting a combination of original compositions and reinterpretations, this album showcases Szab贸鈥檚 unique style of guitar playing, which fuses American stylistic conventions with traditional Hungarian melodies.

            Dreams is as strange as it is enchanting, calming at some times, tenuously frenetic at others. This is an album that might take a few listens to get, at least for anyone who doesn鈥檛 regularly listen to jazz guitar, but once it clicks, you鈥檒l want to dive deeper into the rest of Szab贸鈥檚 discography.

Overall rating: 8.5/10