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Gadó Gábor


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Gábor Gadó started his musical studies on the violin, then switched to the classical guitar. He graduated in 1983 from the Jazz Department of the Béla Bartók Music Conservatory as a student of Gyula Babos, following which he featured in the bands of the vanguard of Hungarian jazz musicians. Amongst his first partners were Róbert Rátonyi Jr, Ferenc Snétberger, Attila László, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Elemér Balázs and Kálmán Oláh. Later he appeared more and more frequently in international line-ups, for example alongside Gerald Veasley, Randy Roos and George Jinda.

The first band he organised was called Joy, and recorded an album entitled Cross cultures. In 1991 he released Special time, the first album under his own name, then toured Europe with Nikola Parov. In 1995 he moved to France, then briefly lived in London too. After five years the Gábor Gadó Quartet was formed in Paris: Matthieu Donarier (tenor saxophone), Sébastien Boisseau (double bass), Joe Quitzke (drums).

He first played with his French partners on the album Greetings from the angel, which was followed by Homeward and the outstandingly successful Orthodoxia.
Gábor Winand�s album Corners of my mind, composed by Gábor Gadó, was chosen by the French magazine Jazzman as one of the best albums of the year in 2002.

In 2003 his achievements earnt him the Bobby Jaspar prize, awarded by the French L�Academie du Jazz each year to the European jazz musician of the year � the highest international recognition of his work to date. He is a sought-after guest at French and international festivals and clubs, and has performed at the following places: Festival de Châteauroux, Festival de Jazz de Montlouis/Loire, Rencontres internationales de Jazz de Nevers, Festival Crest Jazz Vocal, Festival de l�Hotel d�Albret (Paris), Tete Montoliu Jazz Festival (Barcelona), Festival de Jazz de Souillac, Festival de Jazz de Vitrolles, Fete de la musique de Téhéran, Mittel Europa Jazz Festival de Schiltingheim and the Paris Jazz Festival.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1989 Joy - Cross Cultures Hungaropop BP 185 LP
1990 Gadó Gábor: Special Time Hungaroton SLPX 37432 Own
1999 Gadó Gábor: One Glimpse Is Not Enough BMC Records BMC CD 028 Own
2000 Gadó Gábor: Greetings From The Angel BMC Records BMC CD 040 Own
2001 Gadó Gábor: Homeward BMC Records BMC CD 056 Own
2002 Gadó Gábor Quartet: Orthodoxia BMC Records BMC CD 083 Own
2002 Winand Gábor: Corners of My Mind BMC Records BMC CD 057
2003 Gadó Gábor Quartet: Unknown Kingdom
(Gábor Gadó Quartet: Unknown Kingdom)
BMC Records BMC CD 094 Own
2003 Winand Gábor: Agent spirituel BMC Records BMC CD 091
2003 Yengibarjan, David - London, Frank: Pandoukht BMC Records BMC CD 087
2004 Darche, Alban: Stringed BMC Records BMC CD 104
2004 Eötvös Péter: Snatches
(Péter Eötvös: Snatches)
BMC Records BMC CD 097
2004 Winand Gábor: Different garden BMC Records BMC CD 110
2004 Gadó Gábor: Modern táncok idősebbeknek és haladóknak
(Gábor Gadó: Modern dances for the advanced in age)
BMC Records BMC CD 111 Own
2004 Gadó Gábor: The Second Coming BMC Records BMC CD 112 Own
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2005 La Campagnie des musiques á ouir + Gadó Gábor, Szakcsi Lakatos Béla, Bujtor Balázs: La Manivelle Magyare BMC Records BMC CD 113
2005 Gadó Gábor Quartet: Psyché BMC Records BMC CD 120 Own
2006 Winand Gábor és a Gadó Quintet: Opera Budapest
(Winand, Gábor / Gadó Quintet: Opera Budapest)
BMC Records BMC CD 124 Own
2006 UNIT: Time Setting BMC Records BMC CD 119
2008 Alban Darche: Trumpet Kingdom BMC Records BMC CD 136
2008 Gadó Gábor: Byzantinum
(Gadó, Gábor: Byzantinum)
BMC Records BMC CD 137 Own
2008 Háborús Architektúra BMC Records BMC CD 153
2010 Lung-gom-pa BMC Records BMC CD 154 Own
2010 Budapest Concerts BMC Records BMC CD 164
2013 Ungrund BMC Records BMC CD 184 Own
2017 Gadó Gábor - Laurent Blondiau: Veil and Quintessence BMC Records BMC CD 255 Own
2022 Gadó Gábor & Ávéd János: Whispering Quiet Secrets Into Hairy Ears BMC Records BMC CD 300 Own