Gabor Szabo: In My Life


In My Life


Gabor Szabo (guitar)


Gabor Szabo 1969 (DCC 637)

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Gabor Szabo (guitar),

Francis Vaz (guitar), Louis Kabok (bass), Jim Keltner (percussion)


Composed by Lennon/McCartney


Recorded: Los Angeles, January 20-24, 1969


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Though Gabor Szabo's late 1960s and early '70s catalog is uneven, some of his jazz-pop crossover tracks are well-deserving of rediscovery. The lullaby-like "In My Life" is one of his gems. John Lennon's exquisite ballad is stripped down to its barest melodic essentials. Szabo's plaintive lead is elegant and poignant, accompanied by second guitarist Vaz's modest arpeggios and voice-leading. Kabok outlines only the basic harmonic bottom, and Keltner's cymbal texturing adds a light touch of finesse. Written as an ode to John Lennon's Liverpool childhood, the reflective and nostalgic beauty of his lyrics is delivered expressively in this touching performance.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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