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ARTIST
TITLE
Jazz Raga
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
LITA 053CD LITA 053CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/14/2010

"The world famous Impulse jazz catalogue is so cavernous you truly need a music-minded flashlight to uncover its deepest and darkest secrets. Thankfully Light In The Attic has recently acquired such luminescent technology and the first discovery is Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo's 1967 Indo-fusion landmark, Jazz Raga. Combining Szabo's distinctive 6-string touch and open-minded ideas, it brings together jazz, pop-rock, and his native European influence, along with hypnotic sitar, stoned bass vibrations, occasional psychedelic vocals, and the laidback, yet totally in the pocket, Latin/R&B infused backbeat of #1 session drummer, Bernard Purdie (Lialeh OST, LITA 003). Szabo and his Jazz Raga have not only provided the soundtrack to many low light seductions, exotica dinner parties, and super swinging scenes, but formative influence on no less than Beck's monumental Odelay album (1996) and Santana's classic 'Black Magic Woman' (1970). Images of Szabo, hunched over his guitar in trance, fingers weaving a magical spell over the fret board, are iconic in the world of jazz. Light In The Attic is honored to spread the musical maverick's message, presenting Jazz Raga's CD debut. The audio has been lovingly re-mastered from the original tapes, and only enhances jazz pioneer Rudy Van Gelder's original pristine recording. Liner notes come courtesy of Ugly Things' Doug Sheppard and also include a vintage 1967 DownBeat interview with Szabo himself. While the guitarist is no longer with us (Szabo passed away in 1982 from liver and kidney disease while visiting his homeland), his original, inventive, and mysterious sound will never die. Whether it's 'Walking On Nails'' soft psych bliss or a sprightly cover of The Rolling Stones' 'Paint It Black', put Jazz Raga on your stereo and let it transport you to a place you've never been (a 'Search For Nirvana' if you will)... But please be warned, you'll want to return time and time again."