Spellbinder (album)

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Studio album by Gábor Szabó
Released 1966
Recorded May 6, 1966 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 36:59
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
Gábor Szabó chronology
Gypsy '66

Spellbinder is an album by Hungarian guitarist Gábor Szabó featuring performances recorded in 1966 for the Impulse! label.[1] The album contains "Gypsy Queen" which was covered together with "Black Magic Woman" by Santana on his 1970 Abraxas album.


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Szabo's read on jazz in the '60s was brilliant. He embodied all of its most popular aspirations with a genuine spirit of innovation and adventure. Spellbinder is a masterpiece".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Gábor Szabó except as indicated
  1. "Spellbinder" - 5:30
  2. "Witchcraft" (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh) - 4:39
  3. "It Was a Very Good Year" (Ervin Drake) - 2:47
  4. "Gypsy Queen" - 5:13
  5. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (Sonny Bono) - 2:28
  6. "Cheetah" - 4:10
  7. "My Foolish Heart" (Ned Washington, Victor Young) - 5:28
  8. "Yearning" - 2:59
  9. "Autumn Leaves/Speak to Me of Love" (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert, Johnny Mercer/Jean Lenoir) - 3:35



  1. ^ Impulse! Records discography accessed March 31, 2011
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed March 31, 2011