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Magico: Carta De Amor

Egberto Gismonti, Charlie Haden, Jan GarbarekAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

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

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Branquinho 7:37Album Only
listen  2. All That Is Beautiful15:35Album Only
listen  3. Palhaço 9:12Album Only
listen  4. Two Folk Songs 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Carta de Amor, var. 7:35Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B008M1GBIY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A fascinating set from three strong and contrasting musical personalities: Norwegian saxophonist, Brazilian guitarist-pianist, and US bassist making purposeful and creative music together on this previously unreleased live recording. Carta de Amor documents music captured at Munichs Amerika Haus in April, 1981. Two years on from the much-loved albums Magico and Folk Songs, the trios improvisational empathy and sensibilities were further honed by experiences as a touring group. Repertoire includes five pieces from Gismontis pen, with the title track heard in two variations, opening and closing this enthralling double album. Also heard here are Garbareks 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. Recorded by Manfred Eicher and Martin Wieland in 1981, mixed from original analog tapes by Eicher and Jan Erik Kongshaug in 24 bit/96 kHz in 2012.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunningly Beautiful Lost Treasure November 13, 2012
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For the uninitiated, there are no words to describe the majesty and chemistry of this trio. For those like myself, who who have lived for three decades with those two desert island discs, Magico and Folk Songs, this is an unexpected bonanza. It has all the qualities of those two classic discs, the extraordinary simpatico, the breathing as one, deep listening, space, the understated tenderness, all of it and something more: It has the feeling of a group that has been playing together, touring, getting to know one another and exploring the material, going in even deeper than the studio recordings. It's a profound, dynamic and virtuosic performance with moments of great intensity, but for the most part it is contemplative and searching, redolent of the inarticulate longings of the heart.

The album starts off with the title track, the austere and brooding ballad, Carta de Amor, a haunting, emotionally searching love letter which sets the mood for what is to follow. There are several pieces from the two aforementioned studio albums, including Garbarek's arrangements, Folk song and Two Folk Songs, which are treated much like the album versions, expressing an understated grandeur. However, the live version of his composition Spor is wild and edgy, culminating in a long modal jungle trip down the Amazon River, replete with berimbau like drones from Gismonti's guitar and Haden's bass and monkey cries from Garbarek's soprano sax. It is a beautiful thing to hear. One of my favorite Gismonti ballads, Palhaco is a vehicle for Gismonti's marvelous piano inventions, diverging from the sedate approach of the album version, favoring a much more rhythmic approach that adds a surprisingly muscular energy to this otherwise tender ballad.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars European Jazz at it'sbest March 1, 2013
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Fabulous music by superb trio,

I have known and have much of the music of Jan Garbarek and Charlie Haden but Egberto is new to me. No More! Great stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD I love it May 17, 2013
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The headlines says it all. I like it very much it appeals to my many tastes in music.I am unable to add more words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb March 7, 2013
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Sublime. Inventive music with great sax playing and great guitar. Highly recommended. Stronger than most ECM discs but of the same quality.
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