Magico: Carta de Amor

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Magico: Cara de Amor
Studio album by Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti & Charlie Haden
Released November 6, 2012
Recorded April 1981, Amerikahaus, München
Genre Jazz
Length 107:54
Label ECM
ECM 2280/81
Producer Manfred Eicher
Jan Garbarek, chronology
Officium Novum
Magico: Carta de Amor
Magico chronology
Folk Songs
Magico: Carta de Amor

Magico: Carta de Amor is live album by saxophonist Jan Garbarek, guitarist Egberto Gismonti and bassist Charlie Haden recorded in 1981 and released on the ECM label in 2012.[1] The album follows the trio's first two recordings Magico (1979) and Folk Songs (1981).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars stating "Magico: Carta de Amor is a musical treasure trove that features three players from three continents working in near-symbiotic dialogue, offering music that showcases compositional and improvisational mastery, yet transcends the limitations of genre classification".[2]

The Guardian's John Fordham noted "It's an impassioned and fiercely improvisational collection of variations on powerful themes by all three, touching on Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra repertoire and Garbarek's free-jazz history".[3]

All About Jazz correspondent John Kelman commented "Carta de Amor is a reminder of how a particular point in time, when the pan-cultural and cross-genre interests of three artists from vastly different backgrounds and musical upbringings, could come together in rare synchronicity".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Egberto Gismonti except as indicated

Disc One:

  1. "Carta de Amor" - 7:25
  2. "La Pasionara" (Charlie Haden) - 16:26
  3. "Cego Aderaldo" - 9:50
  4. "Folk Song" (Traditional) - 8:09
  5. "Don Quixote" - 8:25
  6. "Spor" (Jan Garbarek) - 14:01

Disc Two:

  1. "Branquinho" - 7:37
  2. "All That Is Beautiful" (Haden) - 15:35
  3. "Palhaço" - 9:12
  4. "Two Folk Songs" (Traditional) - 3:39
  5. "Carta de Amor, Var." - 7:35



  1. ^ ECM discography accessed December 20, 2013
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed December 20, 2013
  3. ^ a b Fordham, J. The Guardian Review, November 2, 2012
  4. ^ Kelman, J. All About Jazz review, October 30, 2012