A Salute To The Life & Music of Gato Barbieri 1932-2016


Gato Barbieri was a legendary and tremendously talented saxophonist.  Inspired to play saxophone by Charlie Parker, Gato began playing in the quartet of trumpeter Don Cherry.  Cherry was a protégé of Ornette Coleman and Barbieri found himself deeply immersed in the free jazz movement that flourished during the 1960’s.  In the 1970’s, he began to shift his jazz style by blending the Latin jazz style, as mimed by Charlie Parker, and the music of his native homeland (Argentina, South America).

Barbieri was a bandleader and  worked alongside other great jazz artists like Herb Alpert, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Alan Shorter, Ennio Morricone, Santana, the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Leon Ware and more.

Below is a sample of his music.  The first song is taken from his 1996 CD Que Pasa! and the second is taken from his 1977album Caliente!  Enjoy …



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