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  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B008M1GBIY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Carta de Amor 7:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La Pasionaria16:26Album Only
Listen  3. Cego Aderaldo 9:51Album Only
Listen  4. Folk Song 8:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Don Quixote 8:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Spor14:01Album Only

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Listen  2. All That Is Beautiful15:35Album Only
Listen  3. Palhaço 9:12Album Only
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Listen  5. Carta de Amor, var. 7:35£0.99  Buy MP3 

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A fascinating set from three strong and contrasting musical personalities: Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, Brazilian guitarist-pianist Egberto Gismonti, and US bassist Charlie Haden making purposeful and creative music together on this previously unreleased live recording. Carta de Amor documents music captured at Munich's Amerika Haus in April, 1981. Recorded three decades ago by Manfred Eicher and Martin Wieland, it was mixed from original analog tapes by Eicher and Jan Erik Kongshaug in 24 bit/96 kHz in 2012.

Carta de Amor means "love letter" and Egberto Gismonti says, "think of it as a message in a bottle that has taken this long to reach the shore." In the interim the musical message has lost none of its pertinence or potency. This recording finds the protagonists two years along the road from the albums Magico and Folk Songs, opening up the repertoire to admit extended improvising, changed by their experiences as a touring band, bringing in new pieces but still maintaining the taut balance of energies that made their first studio dates so arresting. The concentrated cry of Garbarek's saxophones, the restless movement of Gismonti's guitars and his focused, lyrical piano, and the dark tones of Haden's bass, anchoring the music...

Repertoire includes five pieces from Gismonti's pen: 'Cego Aderaldo', 'Don Quixote', 'Branquinho', 'Palhaço' and the title track, heard in two versions which open and close this enthralling double album. Also heard here are Garbarek's folk song arrangements and an extended, freewheeling version of his composition 'Spor'. Charlie Haden brings in 'La Pasionaria', from the repertoire of the Liberation Music Orchestra and 'All That Is Beautiful', not previously documented on disc.

Personnel: Jan Garbarek (tenor and soprano saxophones), Egberto Gismonti (guitars, piano), Charlie Haden (double-bass)

BBC Review

Back in 1979, ECM released two albums by the creative trio of Jan Garbarek on tenor and soprano saxophones, Egberto Gismonti doubling on guitar and piano, and bassist Charlie Haden. All three contributed to the content of Magico and Folk Songs, but at the time, that seemed to have been that.

Garbarek went on to record the celebrated albums Eventyr (1980) and Paths, Prints (1981), and his career took a different turn. However, in 1981, the trio was briefly reunited, and recorded by ECM in concert at the Amerika Haus in Munich. Two albums’ worth of material from these sessions had been languishing in the vaults, but now ECM has collected the recordings into a double-CD package. On learning of the release, Gismonti commented that it was “like a message in a bottle that has taken 31 years to reach the shore”.

There is so much dazzlingly effective music here that it is extraordinary it took this long to appear. Haden’s La Pasionaria, better known in versions by his Liberation Music Orchestra, gets an intense, punchy reading from Garbarek. The saxophonist spits out notes with venomous feeling, before withdrawing to allow space for a shimmering guitar solo from Gismonti. Over 16 minutes, the piece never flags.

Garbarek’s disjointed, vocal-toned style (reminiscent of his early work on the recently repacked Dansere set) comes to the fore on an otherworldly version of his Spor, with Haden bowing shrieks from below the bridge of the bass, creating an eerie overall landscape.

Haden’s All That Is Beautiful, with Gismonti on piano, gets the kind of lyrical treatment we might have heard from a Keith Jarrett group at the time; Gismonti’s own Palhaço is a more sombre showcase for his pianism.

The main benefit of hearing this music freshly now, as if it was entirely new, is the passionate commitment of all three protagonists. The punchy spark in Garbarek’s playing is not quite so omnipresent nowadays, and even in his own Quartet West, Haden is seldom so totally on show, so exposed and so daring. Gismonti anchors it all, matching his European and American counterparts at every turn.

--Alyn Shipton

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By degrant on 13 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Garbarek fans have been spoiled in 2012 (says he shortly to see the great man live at the Royal Fesitval Hall) with the re-release of "Dansere" and "Sleeper" both of which I would include in my top discs of the year. The critical praise has been widespread with one august organ proclaiming that "Magico" might outstip the former and, indeed, anything else from ECM's archives this year.

It was against the backdrop of this (perhaps undue)expectation that I was slighlty underwhelmed on the first few listens, especially by the second disc. The sound is clean, clear and perfectly presented but, compared with the thrill of "Dansere" and "Sleeper" (or indeed much of Charlie Haden's own work, whether with Ornette Coleman or subsequently), Magico seemed beautiul, perfectly realised on its own terms but slightly too stately. Even the audience applause seemed muted.

But thrills there are, albeit not of the pyrotechnic variety. "Cego Aderaldo" features particularly compelling interplay from all three (with Gismonti's guitar playing more visceral and spiky than elsewhere) while the version of "La Pasionaria" is particularly, well, impassioned, even by the standards of the many other versions over the years.

In short, despite the imbalance between the two discs (meriting 4 1/2 and 3 1/2 stars respectively, overall this is a love letter full of magic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PlasticBertie on 2 Jan. 2013
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Having an interesting & rewarding discussion about different jazz cultures - European, American and Latin - this came along at just the right time. I've been a great fan of Jan Garbarek's contribution to jazz, and his capacity to work with musicians of all different cultures. The other musicians are also excellent performers in their respective fields and I had their "Folk Songs" CD for many years, which I love. This takes that CD a stage or two further and is a very rewarding listen, especially from the standpoint of different cultures contributing to a worthwhile and meaningful product, albeit in an historical context./

ECM has done a very useful "scraping the barrel" exercise in this case!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Finbar the looney on 11 Nov. 2012
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It seems thst ECM are going through a period of rediscovering thier past,the recent reissues of Rypdal,Garbarek and the imminent Eberhard Weber recordings area testament to the company's persuance of excellence.
This is an unissued concert from Munich in 1981,and shows tthe trio in sparkling form.
CD ONE(64.18)
1.....Carte de amor.....7.25...... A Gismonti original,this features a lovely solo by Garbarek,which sweeps and soars as only he can.
2.......La passionaria......16.26......Perhaps one of Charlie Hadens best known tunes,this version is stretched to sixteen minutes and features wonderful interplay between all three musicicians
3......Cego aderaldo.......9.50.....another original from Egberto,once again the playing on this is magnificent by all concerned,there is a slight feeling of Johm McClaughlins shakti to this track.
4......Folk song......8.08......the first song written by Garbarek,it is a flowing and fluid tune that suitd them well.
5......Don Quixote...8.25......great piano playing is the main feature on this track,
6......Spor......14.01......a more avant garde piece and.in consequence less tuneful piece that brings CD one to a close.

CD TWO(43.40)
1......Branquinho......7.37......the guitar intonations remind me somewhat of Ralph Towner,this is another fine example of Gismonti's composing taalent.
2.....All that is beautiful......15.35.....another fine Haaden composition,the fluidity of the instrumentation is absolutely breathtaking
3......Palhaco......9.12......Garbareks saxophone playing complements this Gismonti composed song well.
4......Two folk songs......3.39.....is precisly what it says on the tin.
5......Carta del amor,var......7.35.....a fitting finale fromthe pen of Egberto.
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