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A ten-track sampling of the career of Latin jazz tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, demonstrating his range from passionate South American melodies to his later easy listening jazz interpretations. Part of the Verve Finest Hour series, this well-presented album is a fine introduction to the artist at an affordable price.

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For the most beutiful girl in huntington park "ANDREA"

Along whit this song, "Europa" I meet the most beutiful girl in the world. I will always love you, You are still in my mind. and I will never forgetyou. good luck. too bad, that we couldn't make it forever

Gato Barbieri's Finest Hour

My sis introduced me to Gato and since then I am totally hooked on "Europa" what a beautiful song. I plan to walk down the aisle to it this summer .

He's the best

I was turned on to Caliente in 1979 by a friend in Connecticut. We both went out and rented Alto saxophones because of that album, and really stunk it up ;-). Of course, Gato only plays Tenor, and no one in the Tenor world has ever gotten to the level of Gato. I mean the pure destruction of a reed. He kills it and his arrangements always include incredible world-class percussionists. We are lucky to be living now, to hear him live. Listen to all the Gato you can and do it with headphones on. Then, you'll truly understand his greatness. Anyone who has ever played a saxophone understands.


Born: November 28, 1932 in Rosario, Argentina

Genre: Jazz

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

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...
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