A fascinating set from three strong and contrasting musical personalities: Norwegian saxophonist, Brazilian guitarist-pianist, and US bassist making purposeful and creative music together on this previously unreleased live recording. “Carta de Amor” documents music captured at Munich’s Amerika Haus in April, 1981. Two years on from the much-loved albums “Magico” (ECM 1151) and “Folk Songs” (ECM 1170), the trio’s improvisational empathy and sensibilities were further honed by experiences as a touring group. Repertoire includes five pieces from Gismonti’s pen, with the title track heard in two variations, opening and closing this enthralling double album.
Mafias, prostitution, violence, drugs and money laundering provide the background for the story of Raúl and Valentín, two brothers with very different lives: Raúl is a violent policeman faced with disciplinary proceeding for brutality who is one of the targets of ETA and prostitution mafias. Valentín, his brother, suffers from an intellectual handicap and is in love with one of the prostitutes from the roadside bordello where he works as the general dogsbody. The fate of the two brothers crosses dramatically when Raúl decides to disappear from the police for a while and goes back to visit his family. But life is unpredictable and there is a terrible shock in store for both of them.