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Magico Original recording reissued

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Genre: Jazz Music
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: Compact Disk
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  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0000261XT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Phasedin on September 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Just before "new age' music even really existed, ECM records, unknowingly, helped to create what was referred to at the time as "chamber Jazz".

Most of the ECM musicians came from some type of jazz backround, but usually also mixed into their musical stew much classical music and European influences, as well as ethnic and folk musics (nowadays referred to as World music).

This is one of many 5-star ECM discs. Sadly it seems for most folks ECM music is just too hard to comprehend it seems-too many people can't relate to it because it doesn't sound like any of the music they grew up with. Too bad, and their loss.

Thankfully, this one goes down a bit easier, so it makes a great introduction to ECM as well as to all 3 of these musicians.

As usual with ECM the recorded sound is excellent-which really matters when one is dealing with this type of music, or any music this intimate and quiet (and acoustic-based). No other recordings from any Jazz or creative music label from the 70's sound anywhere near as good as ECM recordings.

I have this one on vinyl-since I purchased it shortly after it originally came out-but the CD is better just for the fact that it's wonderful to hear this quiet, spacious music, without any surface noise or tape hiss.

I think Egberto Gismonti may have at least one other masterpiece that I must list here-titled "Solo" and recorded for ECM at around the same time. If you happen to love "Magico" then I would say Gismonti's "Solo" as well as the very good follow-up to this album-"Folk Songs" by the same 3 musicians, would be the 2 most important CD's to get..
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on October 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
. . . , "Bailarina" and "Palhaco," Magico is not to be missed. This (and to a slightly lesser extent the companion disc Folk Songs, containing the same personnel) is certainly a hight point in the history of jazz. When Manfried Eicher got Haden, Gismonti, and Garbarek in the studio at the end of the seventies to perform their trio magic, something special, something probably completely unanticipated, happened: haunting, elegiac, ravishingly beautiful songs in the context of lilting collective improvisation.
Garbarek with his keening, Nordic sax; Haden with his rock-solid Midwestern American bass; Gismonti with his dancing, mercurial Brazilian guitar and piano: three distinct voices blending and interweaving mysteriously, magically.
Perhaps bearing a superficial resemblence to New Age music, Magico is actually one of the first authentic world jazz discs. With this, Codona, and Danca das Cabecas, ECM was a pioneer of jazz beat records way back in the seventies.
Although each member receives equally billing (with Charlie Haden, perhaps understandably listed first, due to his wider stateside reputation), this record essentially belongs to Egberto Gismonti. The plurality of compositions is his; He wrote the title cut, and the most stunning number on the album "Palhaco," with its impossible weight of poignancy, its haunting, unforgettable melody, its sad, loving rendition; and the project would be inconceivable without his irreplaceable guitar and (underrated) piano playing. This is not to underplay the contributions of the others--just to give credit where credit is due.
All three of these players went on to make major jazz recordings of their own (none greater than Gismonti's fabulous Sanfona), but together, here, they make unique, absolutely satisfying small-group world-jazz of the highest order.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom_McT on September 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is unlike most anything in my collection, but it's incredible. I'd classify this as "Jazz Trance" music if there is such a thing. The album can really transport you to various places, but unlike new age and trance music you normally think of, the acoustic playing feels a lot more real and the music breathes instead of drones. The composition, "Silence", can take a simple chord progression and with it bring you to tears and then dry them off for you by the end of the piece. The album is for anyone that appreciates raw, haunting, emotional playing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Whistler VINE VOICE on November 28, 2008
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This is one of the greatest recordings in the ECM ctalog. It is a desert island CD that once heard will become a part of your psyche. I've been listening to this music since its release back in the 70's and it still finds its way onto my ipod now and then. It is mysterious, it breathes, tells stories, lifts the spirit and evokes lands you've never visited, destinations both exotic yet strangely familiar. In short, it does everything good music should do.

Egberto Gismonti is one of the great composers in modern chamber jazz, a perfect hybrid of his brazilian jazz and classical training. Charlie Haden has never sounded better, his performance the model of support and understatement, whose solos here are so perfect they almost remind me of classical studies in their logic and inevitability. Jan Garbarek is in top form, bleating and soaring above the proceedings with majesty and Nordic intensity. I have yet to hear a jazz ensemble breathe more naturally, especially in the rubato passages. This is a CD to be savored and studied. It is one for the ages.
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