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In Montreal chronicles a reunion performance. It features Gismonti and the bassist playing a set comprising mostly Gismonti classics - several of them drawn from the repertoire of his marvellous 1980s Brazilian band Academia de Dancas. Gismonti alternates here between piano and acoustic guitar. On both instruments he has a distinctly clean, crisp touch, and here and there underlines his ideas with a technical flourish. It's a style that plays well off Haden's rich, booming sound and deceptively elemental lines. Virtuosos tend to create an illusion of ease while playing their instruments. Instead, Haden's style seems a reminder of the sheer physicality involved in playing the acoustic bass...In Montreal features two terrific musicians with something to say and the talent to say it well. Just that. What a pleasure.
Fernando Gonzalez, Washington Post

This live album is amazing in its scope, power and beauty. On guitar or piano, Gismonti often sounds as if he's playing two instruments at once, combining fierce rhythms with shapely melodies while Haden's warm, rich bass broadens the music with grainy texture and depth...Gismonti and Haden always add twists to the rhythms and angles to the melodies, making the music prismatic.
Steve Israel, Times Herald Record

In Montreal documents the reunion performance of bassist Charlie Haden and Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and composer Egberto Gismonti at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in 1989. It's a small jewel. ... It features Gismonti and Haden exploring several Gismonti classics and a couple of Haden's pieces. Gismonti alternates here between piano and acoustic guitar. On both instruments he has a distinctly clean, crisp touch, and here and there he underlines his ideas with a flourish. It's a style that plays well off Haden's rich, booming sound and thoughtful, almost elemental lines. ... Lyrical, playful and intense, In Montreal captures a quite memorable night of music. For those of us who were not lucky enough to have been there, this is the next best thing.
Fernando Gonzalez, Down Beat

As would be expected from two such masters of their instruments, the standard of music-making is hugely impressive, and the pair play together as if they never did anything else, bouncing ideas around and sparking mutual inspiration in dazzling fashion.
Kenny Mathieson, Jazzwise

For sheer excitement, the bass and guitar pieces work best, Gismonti wielding the ten-string acoustic axe. His lines tangle and replicate like lianas around Haden's dark wood bass sound. Wonderful.
Garry Booth, Jazz Review

Charlie Haden's bass accompanies, weaves solos, and contributes significantly as a partner. Egberto Gismonti is as melodic on piano as he is on guitar. Filled with a deep sense of passion, the duo offers dreamy originals that recall Spanish classical guitar as well as French romance. Swing is not an issue. Instead, the focus is on ballads that speak gently to the audience with soothing, dancelike rhythms. Both artists, quite fond of lyric passion, move confidently through their sketched melodies and planned harmony. The impressions resemble activities engaged in on a damp Winter's afternoon. Throughout this live session, Haden strokes planned and improvised melodies with somber affection. Gismonti employs piano cascades and acoustic guitar tremolos with a modicum of spirit. An adventurous attitude moves in and out of the work. Both Haden and Gismonti perform with such deep feeling and classical appreciation, that their historical encounter should not be missed.
Jim Santella, L.A. Jazz Scene

Bei der Interpretation von - längst zu Klassikern gewordenen - Kompositionen wie Gismontis Marcatù, Em Familia und Frevo oder Hadens First Song verschmelzen die beiden zu einem unerhört kompakten Gespann. Sie schaffen gleichsam eine klingende Quadratur des Kreises, indem sie die tänzelnd-leichten Elemente der lateinamerikanisch geprägten Musik aufgreifen und zugleich eine fast mit Händen zu greifende Kraft entfalten. Eine CD, die all das bietet, was die hohe Schule des Duospiels ausmacht.
Cash, Switzerland (Cash-Extra Plattentip)

Dieses Tête-à-tête besitzt einfach alles, was die (Jazz)-Sinne freispült: Gespickt mit südamerikanischem Flair, entfalten die alten und neukomponierten Balladen eine in ihrer Schlichtheit erschreckende Schönheit, die fließt und atmet. Nichts erinnert da an die gegensätzlichen Musik-Biographien von Haden und Gismonti. Statt dessen verbrüdern sie sich in Spiellust und Fantasie zu einem Organismus, der Folk und Jazz mit bestmöglicher Eleganz verschmelzt. Beide haben dem Jazz ganz neue Farben geschenkt.
Guido Fischer, WOM-Journal

"Traumwandlerisch" schaffen die beiden Künstler eine Verbindung zwischen den Kantilenen einer spanischen Gitarre, Rachmaninoff-artigen Klavierklängen und freien rhythmischen Improvisationen - das ist wahrlich atmender "Free Jazz"! In Gismontis virtuosem Klavier- und Gitarrenhintergrund wirken die Basslinien Hadens wie Seidenfäden in einem Gobelin - eine einzige Liebeserklärung an dieses Instrument!
Gita Magadum, JazzZeitung

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