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Jan Garbarek/Egberto Gismonti/Charlie Haden : Magico: Carta De Amor

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The unearthing and release of previously unissued jazz recordings has become its own industry. ECM has gotten into the act. Earlier this year they released Keith Jarrett’s Sleeper, from 1979, and now there is Carta de Amor, a two-CD set by the trio that called itself Magico. They were together for just two albums recorded in 1979, Magico and Folk Songs. The new album comes from a 1981 performance at Amerikahaus in Munich, ECM’s hometown. In the ’70s and ’80s, ECM presented and recorded many concerts in this recital hall, and expects to release more of them.

The point of this trio was to juxtapose three starkly contrasting musical personalities and create a new alchemy. Egberto Gismonti (guitars, piano) is rich Brazilian ethnicity. Jan Garbarek (soprano and tenor saxophones) is Nordic passion channeled through lyric austerity. Charlie Haden (bass) is red-blooded American jazz chops.

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