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In Montreal
Charlie Haden, Egberto Gismonte
In Montreal
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
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In Montreal, a concert recording from 1989, offers a live echo of the exquisitely balanced trio of Haden, Gismonti, and Garbarek who made the Magico and Folk Songs albums a couple of decades ago. It features two pieces fro...  more »


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All Artists: Charlie Haden, Egberto Gismonte
Title: In Montreal
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: ECM Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1989
Re-Release Date: 8/21/2001
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Styles: South & Central America, Brazil, Brazilian Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731454381321, 0731454381321

In Montreal, a concert recording from 1989, offers a live echo of the exquisitely balanced trio of Haden, Gismonti, and Garbarek who made the Magico and Folk Songs albums a couple of decades ago. It features two pieces from the repertoire of the trio--Gismonti's gently waltzing "Palhaco" (which comes dressed in quite a bit of the blues), and Haden's gravely beautiful "Silence." Both participants are in tremendous form. Gismonti, in particular, is nothing short of sensational. Whether on 10-string guitar or piano, instruments that he shifts between regularly, his lines are shot through with both a propulsive, cascading energy and a limpid, dynamically rich and wide-ranging lyricism: sample the opening "Salvador" and "Maracatu" for representative examples. Haden flows in and out of focus with typical sensitivity, contributing a variety of solos as distilled as they are questing. The whole constitutes one of the most enjoyable duet recordings heard for a long time, and leads to two thoughts: why on earth did this music take so long to see the light of day and will we ever hear a record featuring the entire Magico trio in a live setting? In the meantime, we can relish this rich and rare treasure from the past. --Michael Tucker

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Egberto Gismonti Shines!
deepbluereview | SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA USA | 08/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This CD was recorded live at the International Festival of Jazz in Montreal on, get this, July 6th 1989. A mere eleven years later, ECM records decided that it would release this to the public. Thanks guys, even if a little belated.
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."
It's understandable why Charlie Haden gets top billing . . .
Jan P. Dennis | Monument, CO USA | 10/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

". . . but I agree with others that this is really Egberto Gismonti's record. And what a record it is!It's not that Gismonti's been underrecorded, but his last four or five records for ECM (Infancia, Meeting Poing, Zig Zag, etc.) strike me as being more than a little eccentric, and not in a good direction. Whatever happened to the magical music found on Magico, Folk Songs, Sanfona, Danca Das Cabecas, Sol Do Meio Dia, and Duas Vozes? Well, it's back, and in spades on this remarkable disc.One of the reasons I love this record so much is because almost half the songs ("Maracatu," "Em Familia," "Loro," and "Frevo") come from Sanfona, Gismonti's most accomplished recording, and one of the all-time greatest records in the history of jazz. They're given fresh readings here, and a couple of them approach or even surpass the originals ("Maracatu" and "Em Familia").By the way, the sound on this disc is some of the purist I've ever heard of a live recording. Not to be missed."
Larry L. Looney | Austin, Texas USA | 07/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...that is actually not so simple. The fact that there are only two musicians playing here, and that this is a live recording, with no overdubs, belies the complexity of the compositions. There's a lot going on here - Haden's reputation has been well-established, as has that of Gismonti, and they each live up to every bit of it in this performance. Gismonti's guitar work alone makes this disc worth the price - joined with Haden's stellar bass playing, the level of compositional achievement by both (Gismonti wrote or co-wrote seven of the nine tracks - Haden wrote the other two), the quality (crystalline, as always, from ECM) AND quantity (79 minutes) of the recording, it adds up to a disc that's hard to pass up.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. His work - both writing and playing - places him in the highest ranks of performers and composers in jazz or any other genre. He has distinguished himself throughout his career as a sideman, composer and leader.This is a wonderful opportunity to hear two masters at work - or, considering the joy that is so obvious in this recording, `at play' - in a setting that is wonderfully uncluttered and honest."