Gato Barbieri

Real Name:
Leandro Jose Barbieri
Profile:
Leandro Barbieri, better known as El Gato Barbieri (Spanish for "Barbieri The Cat") was an Argentine jazz tenor saxophonist and composer.
Born: November 28, 1932 in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina.
Died: April 2, 2016 in New York, NY, USA.

Barbieri rose to fame during the free jazz movement in the 1960s and his latin jazz recordings in the 1970s. Born to a family of musicians, Barbieri began playing music after hearing Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time". He played the clarinet, then switched to the alto saxophone while teaming with pianist/bandleader Lalo Schifrin in the late 1950s. By the early 1960s, he played tenor saxophone alongside trumpeter Don Cherry while living in Rome.

Influenced by John Coltrane's late recordings as well as those from saxophonists Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders, Barbieri developed his trademark warm and gritty sound. In the late 1960s he was fusing the native music from South America into his playing. His music score for Bernardo Bertolucci's film "Last Tango In Paris" (1973) earned him a Grammy Award.

By the late 1970s he was recording for A&M and moved his music towards jazz-pop with albums like "Caliente!" (featuring his best known song, a version of Carlos Santana's "Europa").

Though he continued to record and perform into the 1980s, the death of his wife Michelle led him to withdraw from the public. He returned to recording and performing in the late 1990s, playing music that would fall into the arena of smooth jazz.
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Gato Barbieri Discography Tracks

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LD 15047 Gato Barbieri - Jazz Argentino album art Albertino Corvini, Horacio Borraro, Cap. Tom Kirk*, Leandro Barbieri*, Jose Wisemberg*, Horacio Malvicino, Jorge Lopez Ruiz*, Pichi Mazzei Albertino Corvini, Horacio Borraro, Cap. Tom Kirk*, Leandro Barbieri*, Jose Wisemberg*, Horacio Malvicino, Jorge Lopez Ruiz*, Pichi Mazzei - Jazz Argentino(LP, Mono) Disc Jockey LD 15047 Argentina 1960 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Hamba Khale! album art Gato Barbieri / Dollar Brand Gato Barbieri / Dollar Brand - Hamba Khale! (Album) Togetherness Italy 1968 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - The Third World album art Gato Barbieri The Third World (Album) Flying Dutchman US 1970 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Fenix album art Gato Barbieri Fenix (Album) Flying Dutchman US 1971 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - El Pampero album art Gato Barbieri El Pampero (Album) Flying Dutchman US 1972 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Bolivia album art Gato Barbieri Bolivia (Album) Flying Dutchman US 1973 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Chapter One: Latin America album art Gato Barbieri Chapter One: Latin America (Album) Impulse! Spain 1973 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Last Tango In Paris album art Gato Barbieri Last Tango In Paris (Album) United Artists Records Italy 1972 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Orgasm album art Alan Shorter Featuring Gato Barbieri Alan Shorter Featuring Gato Barbieri - Orgasm (Album) Verve Records Japan 1973 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Under Fire album art Gato Barbieri Under Fire (Album) Flying Dutchman, Flying Dutchman France 1973 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata album art Gato Barbieri Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata (Album) ABC Impulse! Italy 1974 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Yesterdays album art Gato Barbieri Yesterdays (Album) Flying Dutchman US 1974 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Togetherness album art Gato Barbieri / Don Cherry Gato Barbieri / Don Cherry - Togetherness (Album) Durium Italy 1974 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Capitulo Dos: Hasta Siempre album art Gato Barbieri Capitulo Dos: Hasta Siempre (Album) Probe, ABC Records Argentina 1974 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - In Search Of The Mystery album art Gato Barbieri In Search Of The Mystery (Album) ESP Disk US 1974 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Chapter Four: Alive In New York album art Gato Barbieri Chapter Four: Alive In New York (Album) ABC Impulse! Canada 1975 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Desbandes album art Luis Bacalov / Gato Barbieri Luis Bacalov / Gato Barbieri - Desbandes RCA Italy 1975 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - El Gato album art Gato Barbieri El Gato (Album, Comp) Flying Dutchman US 1975 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Caliente! album art Gato Barbieri Caliente! (Album) A&M Records US 1976 Sell This Version
OX/3003 Gato Barbieri - Live In Buenos Ayres, 1971 album art Gato Barbieri & His Group* Live In Buenos Ayres, 1971(LP, Album) Oxford OX/3003 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Ruby, Ruby album art Gato Barbieri Ruby, Ruby (Album) A&M Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Obsession album art Gato Barbieri Obsession (Album) Affinity UK 1978 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Tropico album art Gato Barbieri Tropico (Album) A&M Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Gato Barbieri - Euphoria album art Gato Barbieri Euphoria (Album) A&M Records Canada 1979 Sell This Version
MCA-29002 Gato Barbieri - Chapter Four: Alive In New York album art Gato Barbieri Chapter Four: Alive In New York(LP, Album) MCA Records, Inc. MCA-29002 US 1980 Sell This Version