Taken from three nights of recording in February of 1975, Gato Barbieri's Chapter 4 is a continuation – albeit in a concert setting – of the music explored on his first three chapters for Impulse. Finally available on CD this set includes three Barbieri compositions, including the four-part suite "La China Leonicia" and his ubiquitous "Milonga Triste." The band here includes percussionist Ray Armando, bassist Ron Carter, multi-instrumentalist Howard Johnson (here on tuba, flügelhorn, and bass clarinet), pianist Eddie Martinez, guitarist Paul Metzke, and Brazilian drummer Portinho.
Charming and romantic fit the description of Gato Barbieri and the work he presents here, the album Ruby, Ruby. The production of the record, mastered and engineered handsomely by Herb Alpert, is very lush and beautiful to a lasting degree. Barbieri turns his first song, "Ruby," from an early-on haunting love ballad to an appealing and gripping all-out Latin jam session. This theme happens to find itself playing roles several times over throughout the record. The musicianship explored is captivating and adventurous, taking the listener on a passionate journey to whatever part of the soul he or she wishes to find or dares to pursue.
While it's true that the first chapter in Gato Barbieri's musical life – at least on records – had been that of an explorer, from his vanguard outings on ESP with Don Cherry and Dollar Brand to his showcasing the music of his native Latin America on Impulse, Fania, and Flying Dutchman as it intersected with modern jazz, it is the third chapter that concerns this release. Barbieri became deeply interested in commercial music and its possibilities for Latin jazz and the funk and salsa scenes in the early and mid-'70s.
The Third World is the initial session that mixed Gato Barbieri's free jazz tenor playing with Latin and Brazilian influences. It's also the album that brought Barbieri positive attention from the college crowds of the late '60s. He would expand on this musical combination with his next few Flying Dutchman releases as well as his first recordings for the Impulse! label. The records made between 1969 through 1974 find Barbieri creating a danceable yet fiery combination of South American rhythms and free jazz forcefulness. Strangely, once Barbieri signed with A&M, he began making commercial records geared to fans of Herb Alpert, sounding nothing like his earlier albums.
In 1973, Argentinean saxophonist Gato Barbieri contemplated a move to a more commercially viable, accessible sound, one that appealed to both North and South American audiences. He moved from the jazz vanguard toward it's exotic center (and finally into the commercial world altogether) with a number of records, including this one, which explored the various rhythms, melodies, and textures of Afro-Cuban and Latin American sounds. Bolivia features Barbieri immediately prior to his Impulse recordings that resulted in the celebrated four-chapter Latin America series.
Some artists totally change directions; some reinvent their personalities. It is hard to know exactly what to make of the case of this Argentinian tenor saxophonist, who first appeared as a sideman on several extremely important Don Cherry projects, making such an essential contribution to the overall feel of these records that listeners expected great things. After a few attempts at finding a meeting place between the energy and harshness of free jazz and the his own rhythmic roots, he created this album in which everything seemed to come together perfectly.
Gato Barbieri is the second Argentine musician to make a significant impact upon modern jazz — the first being Lalo Schifrin, in whose band Barbieri played as a teenager. His story has been 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.
Gato Barbieri, one of the most distinctive instrumentalists in jazz, is in top form on Que Pasa. Barbieri's tone and sense of melody is stunning–evoking a myriad of emotions with just one phrase. This is no more evident than on the opening track, "Straight into the Sunrise" which is dripping with sensual and moving lines that are unsurpassed in jazz today. Barbieri's rare ability to use his instrument to convey his emotions is amazing; it's as though he is baring his most intimate thoughts and feelings to the listener.
Work by Argentine jazz saxophonist and composer Leandro 'Gato' Barbieri (Rosario, 1932). Began his career in the late 50's and after his collaboration with pianist Lalo Schifrin and trumpeter Don Cherry, he began his career as a leading group in the late 60s. The music of this album unfolds between the soul-jazz and pop-jazz, knowing to be warm, caring, cool, romantic, spicy and playful. The most prominent theme is 'Europe' (great work of Carlos Santana released on his album 'Amigos', also released in 1976), being intense in hearing. Gato melts sax with keyboards, synthesizer, strings and electric guitars offering friendly dyes jazz and Latin rock.
This program presents Argentinean jazz legend Gato Barbieri in a live performance. The show takes place in the Latin quarter in New York. The dancers move to the hot sounds of Barbieri's band. Gato Barbieri is sonorous on the saxophone. The evening of Latin jazz features a host of other great musicians, including Robbie Gonzalez, Mario Rodriguez, Mark Soskin, and Frank Colon. Gato Barbieri took the saxophone style of John Coltrane and adapted it to South American tango and folk idioms. His trademark piercing tenor cries ring through on this 1999 live date from New York City's Latin Quarter club.