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Caliente!

Gato Barbieri

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Album Review

Believe it or not, this Argentinian-born saxophonist spent his early years playing in the jazz avant-garde with the likes of Don Cherry. But for all his free-form experiments, "the Cat" hit his stride with this pristine piece of seminal pop-jazz. His emotional, warm-blooded playing, gritty-sweet tone, and Latin-laced grooves slide down smooth and easy. Covers of Santana's "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)" and Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" remain faithful to the originals' vibe, yet take on a seductive Spanish accent thanks to Barbieri's expressive tenor and a battery of Latin percussion. Elsewhere, hip-swiveling rhythms and tuneful arrangements of cuts like "Fiesta," "Behind the Rain," and "Los Desperados" simply simmer. Drummer Lenny White kicks down a rock-solid beat, percussionists Ralph MacDonald and Mtume add the spice that's funky and nice, and producer Herb Alpert (of Tijuana Brass, and the "A" in A&M Records) polishes the proceedings to a glossy sheen with colorful orchestrations and silky strings., Rovi

Customer Reviews

This album IS really "Caliente"!

I have listened to this album many times and enjoy it more each time. If you appreciate soulful jazz with a latin base, you will love this music. Fiesta is absolutely heart swelling. You just want to close your eyes and move your body. Europa is one of the most sensual recordings I've ever heard. Beautiful!

"Caliente!" says it all...

I listened to this for the first time in almost 30 years and it is still good. I saw Gato play in a small theater in Miami (the name escapes me) after this album came out in 1976 or 77. He had the hat, He had the look, and when he played, "I Want You" - He had it all! He truly was HOT!

As good as it gets.

You will not find many musicians that put as much of their own soul into their music as Gato Barbieri does in this landmark album from 1976. You can feel the passion in every note Gato blows into the world. Gato's inturputation of Carlos Santana's "Europa" is spellbinding. "Behind the rain" is like a thunder storm under an umbrella of Gato's saxaphone genuis. "Los Desperados" builds to a creshendo and let's you back down into a "feathery bed". I can't believe that this album is from 1976. It stands up today as if it were just released.

Biography

Born: November 28, 1932 in Rosario, Argentina

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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. 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...
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