Back in 1989, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal organized several tribute concerts surrounding bassist Charlie Haden and many of his renowned peers. Of the various and sundry combinations put on display, the pairing of Haden with Brazilian composer and master musician Egberto Gismonti was surely the most inspired. Far from a marketing ploy, this duo seemed perfectly logical, considering that Haden and Gismonti had joined forces with Don Cherry a decade earlier to form Magico, a “world music” trio working within the ECM mold. Now for the first time, almost 80 minutes of music from Haden and Gismonti’s Montreal performance can be heard on disc.
Although a democratic spirit prevails, this is clearly Gismonti’s showcase, the lion’s share of originals coming from his pen. On 12-string guitar, he flies up and down the fret board in pyrotechnic displays that evoke a strong folk-like quality, with Haden’s own primal voice proving to be a perfect match. As a pianist, Gismonti’s classical upbringing is conspicuously evident. Overall, the results are both intimate and celebratory.
Track Listing: Salvador; Maracat
Personnel: Charlie Haden: bass; Egberto Gismonti: guitar, piano.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.