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Elek Bacsik

Originating from a gypsy family, 4-year old Bacsik started playing the violin. He later studied at the Academy of Music in Budapest. In 1943, he started to perform mainly as guitarist in folk music bands like the one led by accordion player Mihály Tabanyi. As a sideman, he also recorded some 78 rpm records playing guitar, violin, bass and cello. Following his three year service in the Hungarian army, he left Hungary in 1949 and played for a while with his friend György Cziffra, a pianist, in Austria and Switzerland. After that, he spent more than two years in Lebanon, where he appeared both in dance orchestras and classical orchestras. In 1951, he played in Italy, where he recorded with the pianist and singer Renato Carosone. In 1957, he performed in Spain and Portugal. Finally in 1959, Bacsik started playing jazz in Paris, where he appeared with pianist Art Simmons and bassist Michel Gaudry at the Mars Club near the Champs-Elysées. During his stay in France, he performed with jazz musicians like Clark Terry, Kenny Clarke, Pierre Michelot, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Bennett, Georges Arvanitas and Quincy Jones as well as with chansonniers like Barbara, Sacha Distel, Serge Gainsbourg, Claude Nougaro, Juliette Gréco and Jeanne Moreau. He successfully adapted Dave Brubeck compositions to the guitar ('Blue Rondo a la Turk', 'Take Five'). Regular TV appearances made him a national celebrity

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April 19, 2018

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Discography

 

Guitar Conceptions

Flying Dutchman
2010

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Nuages

Flying Dutchman
2002

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Bird And Dizzy-A...

Flying Dutchman
1975

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The Electric Guitar...

Flying Dutchman
1962

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Europa Jazz

Flying Dutchman
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