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The CD features the duo of Egberto Gismonti and the sensational Charlie Haden. However, while Haden is given the top billing on the CD, perhaps because he is so well known to Jazz fans everywhere, it is really Gismonti that shines throughout. Listen to the brilliant playing on "Em Familia" to remove any doubts. Gismonti graces us with his presence on the 10 string classical guitar as well as the piano, playing both with seemingly ease. A good example of his piano prowness can be found on "Loro" and "Frevo". There is no doubt that after listening to this, you will seek out other Gismonti CD's. I already have my eye on "Solo". Haden, not to be overlooked, is consistent throughout and offers a nice balance to Gismonti.
In any event, the listener is treated to 78:55 minutes of a remarklably fresh sounding blend of classical and jazz music.
My only knock on the CD has to do with the sound quality and not the concert or the performers themselves. You will find that you have to crank the volume somewhat to fully hear and enjoy the experience. If you are playing this on a multi-disc you will need to have the remote ready and turn down the volume just prior to the next CD. As such, I deducted one star from this otherwise flawless performance.
I agree slightly with one or two of the reviewers below - those who prefer Gismonti's guitar pieces to those that feature the piano - but I would hardly dismiss the latter as `Keith Jarrett knockoff'. Simply because there are similarities to be heard - or even influences - doesn't mean that Egberto's work should be slighted as `derivative'. The echoes of his Brazilian roots can be heard throughout most of his work - he has taken that foundation and built upon it a strong, individual portfolio of his own creativity. It shines with the unique qualities of his soul, as the work of any true artist does. His guitar playing - on a specially designed 10-stringed instrument - never fails to make my jaw drop. I would swear at times that there is more than one guitarist playing - but I know from listening to Egberto's other recordings that this is not the case.
Even though Charlie Haden contributes only two compositions to this set, those two pieces are striking in their beauty and depth - his sense of melodic structure is breathtaking.Read more ›
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Haden and Gismonti, you'd want to be at this concert. I especially enjoyed Gismonti's piano playing. And always enjoy Haden on bass; he will be missed.Published 11 months ago by Allan Suchinsky
Egberto Gismonti and Charlie Haden are absolutely brilliant on this cd. I love, love, love Charlie Haden. He's one of my favorite bass players. Read morePublished 19 months ago by No
Egberto clearly has such a thorough command of the guitar that he could have made a respectable career playing classical, flamenco, Jobim standards, or spacey raga-jazz -- instead... Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Daniel G. Schaeffer
There are many venues for Charlie Haden's talents, from the large, politically charged ensemble, Liberation Music Orchestra (co-founded with Carla Bley) to the trios with Enrico... Read morePublished on September 21, 2006 by Grantland Ryce
Listen to Keith Jarrett's "Sundial/Sand" album and you'll find that Gismonti's style owes a great deal -- perhaps a bit too much, actually -- to Mr. Read morePublished on April 6, 2003
Being a long time Egberto Gismonti fan,"Sanfona" remaining as my to date favorite, it is such a pleasure to hear these performances with Mr. Haden. Read morePublished on December 29, 2001 by Karl Latham