GATO BARBIERI

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Gato Barbieri was the second Argentine musician to make a significant impact upon modern jazz -- the first being Lalo Schifrin, in whose band Barbieri played. His story is that of an elongated zigzag odyssey between his homeland and North America. He started out playing to traditional Latin rhythms in his early years, turning his back on his heritage to explore the jazz avant-garde in the '60s, reverting to South American influences in the early '70s, playing pop and fusion in the late '70s, only to go back and forth again in the '80s. North American audiences first heard Barbieri when he was a wild bull, sporting a coarse, wailing John Coltrane/Pharoah Sanders-influenced tone. Yet by the mid-'70s, his approach and tone began to mellow somewhat in accordance with ballads like "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" (which he always knew as the vintage bolero "Cuando Vuelva a read more...
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CalienteCaliente
A&M 1987
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Greatest HitsGreatest Hits
A&M JAZZ 2007
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$1.55 (used)
Third WorldThird World
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Solid 2017
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$28.39 (used)
The Best of Gato Barbieri: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium CollectionThe Best of Gato Barbieri: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
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Hip-O 2004
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The Shadow Of The CatThe Shadow Of The Cat
Concord Records 2002
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Passion and FirePassion and Fire
A&M 1994
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ApasionadoApasionado
EPM Musique/Doctor Jazz
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Que PasaQue Pasa
Sony Legacy 1997
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Gato Barbieri: El Pampero (Recorded Live in Montreaux, Switzerland) [Vinyl LP] [Stereo]Gato Barbieri: El Pampero (Recorded Live in Montreaux, Switzerland) [Vinyl LP] [Stereo]
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GATO BARBIERI Obsession album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Obsession
Avant-Garde Jazz 1967
GATO BARBIERI In Search of the Mystery (aka Obsession No. 2) album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
In Search of the Mystery (aka Obsession No. 2)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1967
GATO BARBIERI Gato Barbieri / Dollar Brand ‎: Hamba Khale! (aka Confluence aka Alone Together) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gato Barbieri / Dollar Brand ‎: Hamba Khale! (aka Confluence aka Alone Together)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1968
GATO BARBIERI The Third World (El Tercer Mundo) album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
The Third World (El Tercer Mundo)
Latin Jazz 1970
GATO BARBIERI Fenix album cover 3.88 | 8 ratings
Fenix
Latin Jazz 1971
GATO BARBIERI Ultimo Tango A Parigi ‎ (Last Tango in Paris) OST album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Ultimo Tango A Parigi ‎ (Last Tango in Paris) OST
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1972
GATO BARBIERI Under Fire album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Under Fire
Latin Jazz 1973
GATO BARBIERI Chapter Two: Hasta siempre album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chapter Two: Hasta siempre
Latin Jazz 1974
GATO BARBIERI Yesterdays (aka The Third World Revisited) album cover 2.88 | 4 ratings
Yesterdays (aka The Third World Revisited)
Latin Jazz 1974
GATO BARBIERI Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata (aka Gato Barbieri) album cover 4.15 | 4 ratings
Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata (aka Gato Barbieri)
Latin Jazz 1974
GATO BARBIERI El Gato album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
El Gato
Latin Jazz 1975
GATO BARBIERI Caliente! album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Caliente!
Latin Jazz 1976
GATO BARBIERI Ruby, Ruby album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Ruby, Ruby
Latin Jazz 1977
GATO BARBIERI Tropico album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Tropico
Latin Jazz 1978
GATO BARBIERI Euphoria album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Euphoria
Latin Jazz 1979
GATO BARBIERI Gato (aka Bahia) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gato (aka Bahia)
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1982
GATO BARBIERI Apasionado album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Apasionado
Latin Jazz 1983
GATO BARBIERI Two Pictures: Years 1965-1968 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two Pictures: Years 1965-1968
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1990
GATO BARBIERI Qué Pasa album cover 3.92 | 3 ratings
Qué Pasa
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1997
GATO BARBIERI Che Corazón album cover 3.05 | 2 ratings
Che Corazón
Latin Jazz 1999
GATO BARBIERI The Shadow of the Cat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Shadow of the Cat
Latin Jazz 2002
GATO BARBIERI New York Meeting album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
New York Meeting
Post Bop 2011

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GATO BARBIERI El Pampero album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
El Pampero
Latin Jazz 1972
GATO BARBIERI Bolivia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bolivia
Latin Jazz 1973
GATO BARBIERI Chapter One: Latin America album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chapter One: Latin America
Latin Jazz 1973
GATO BARBIERI Chapter Four: Alive in New York album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Chapter Four: Alive in New York
Latin Jazz 1975
GATO BARBIERI Live in Buenos Ayres, 1971 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Buenos Ayres, 1971
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976
GATO BARBIERI Gato... para los amigos album cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
Gato... para los amigos
Latin Jazz 1983
GATO BARBIERI Jazz Mania All Stars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Mania All Stars
Latin Jazz 1998
GATO BARBIERI Fiesta Caliente! Live '76 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fiesta Caliente! Live '76
Latin Jazz 2016

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GATO BARBIERI The Legend of Gato Barbieri album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Legend of Gato Barbieri
Latin Jazz 1973
GATO BARBIERI Gato Barbieri & Don Cherry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gato Barbieri & Don Cherry
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976
GATO BARBIERI Gato Barbieri album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gato Barbieri
Latin Jazz 1977
GATO BARBIERI Masters Of Jazz Vol.9 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Masters Of Jazz Vol.9
Latin Jazz 1978
GATO BARBIERI Passion And Fire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Passion And Fire
Latin Jazz 1983
GATO BARBIERI Latino america album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Latino america
Latin Jazz 1997
GATO BARBIERI Priceless Jazz album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Priceless Jazz
Latin Jazz 1997
GATO BARBIERI Greatest Hits (1976-1979) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Greatest Hits (1976-1979)
Latin Jazz 1998
GATO BARBIERI Gato Barbieri's Finest Hour album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Gato Barbieri's Finest Hour
Latin Jazz 2000
GATO BARBIERI The Impulse Story album cover 4.05 | 2 ratings
The Impulse Story
Latin Jazz 2006
GATO BARBIERI Gato… Para Los Amigos/Qué Pasa/Che Corazón album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gato… Para Los Amigos/Qué Pasa/Che Corazón
Latin Jazz 2017

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GATO BARBIERI Fenix

Album · 1971 · Latin Jazz
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Sean Trane
Generally reputed as one of Gato’s best album (along wit The Third World), Fenix is a typical early-70’s product, besides Gato and Vasconcelos, we find the great Lonnie Liston-Smith, Lenny White, Joe Beck and the inevitable Ron Carter. While Fenix is resolutely a Latin-America-axed album (all of the tracks are from the southern hemisphere), sonically-speaking, we’re in a typical early-70’s mostly-instrumental JR/F album that has a few ethnic twitches on some tracks, while others like Falsa Bahiana have a distinct bossa-nova nature. An interesting artwork, evoking the Tupac-Inca myth graces the front cover

Opening the album is the outstanding Tupac Amaru upbeat instrumental, where Beck’s glissando guitar and SLS’ Rhodes tickling are for the conga pairs, allowing Gato to glide effortlessly over the pack. The standard Carnavalito has a fairly Santana-esque feel, but Barbieri’s almost constant sax playing is walking away slightly from its model. The excellent Al Arriero features some vocals fairly low in the mix, and Gato’s sax reaches some screechy moment in the more dramatic moments. Vasconcelos’ birimbau brings a jungle feel (but more African than Amazonian, IMHO) on two or three tracks throughout the album, including the intro of the closing Bahia standard, a fitting exit to the album. However I find that Gato’s up-front sax can be saturating the album at places. After the bossa-esque Falsa and the slow syrupy (almost soppy) El Dia Que Me Quieras (where pianist SLS sounds a bit McCoy-esque) are the low-points of an otherwise good album.

While fairly interesting at times, Fenix is nowhere near the best JR/F albums of the era, partly because it lacks the energy and urgency of many of its contemporary competing albums. Still definitely worth investigating if you’re in the Latin-Fusion genre, though.

GATO BARBIERI Fenix

Album · 1971 · Latin Jazz
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Abraxas
Who would have thought that the powerful, soul-blowing, but rather underground music of Pharoah Sanders and the like would reach Argentina, the farthest south country on America (it's also a continent, you know)?

By the late 60s and early 70s this "hippie jazz" movement I like to call was having a high point, Alice Coltrane, Liston Smith, Michael White, etc, were releasing peace-minded music with jazz tinges, very religiously inspired. But what was going on in Argentina? Historically, we were still in a big crisis, full of terror and repression, soon to be replaced by the military dictatorship (by 1974). Artists of all kind usually traveled to Europe, although rock and folk bands were having their heyday back then, with a wild youth.

It's the case of Gato Barbieri, tenor saxophonist, who brings the peace and relentless energy of Pharoah to Latin America. Fenix, from 1971, fuses vast latin percussion (unlike Sanders' african inclination) with big and powerful sax melodies that veer towards free jazz. But alike his inspiration, Sanders, he doesn't often get into atonal or chaotic moments. But I'm not trying to make Barbieri sound as a Sanders-clone, he does imitate that fat, fuelled, resounding sax of the latter, but I think Gato grooves quite more and has that latin feel, that makes him sound more pleasant for the unaccustomed ear.

If you're interested in either latin jazz or "hippie jazz", Fenix is a must-have. Just in case you didn't notice, Lonnie Liston Smith is playing keys, Ron Carter on bass, Vasconcelos on percussion, there's even Lenny White on drums! Yep, this is a stellar session with excellent tenor sax on the front and lots of percussion backing up.

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