Gato Barbieri

Gato Barbieri

Real Name:
Leandro Jose Barbieri
Leandro Barbieri, better known as El Gato Barbieri (Spanish for "Barbieri The Cat") is 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


MN 004 Gato Barbieri / Dollar Brand Gato Barbieri / Dollar Brand - Hamba Khale! (Album) Togetherness MN 004 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
FDS 117 Gato Barbieri The Third World (Album) Flying Dutchman FDS 117 US 1970 Sell This Version
FD 10144 Gato Barbieri Fenix (Album) Flying Dutchman FD 10144 US 1971 Sell This Version
FD 10151 Gato Barbieri El Pampero (Album) Flying Dutchman FD 10151 US 1972 Sell This Version
BXL1-2830 Gato Barbieri Bolivia (Album) Flying Dutchman BXL1-2830 US 1973 Sell This Version
J 062-94.856 Gato Barbieri Chapter One: Latin America (Album) Impulse! J 062-94.856 Spain 1973 Sell This Version
3C 054-82897 Gato Barbieri Last Tango In Paris (Album) United Artists Records 3C 054-82897 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
6369 351 Gato Barbieri Under Fire (Album) Flying Dutchman 6369 351 France 1973 Sell This Version
ASD-9279 Gato Barbieri Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata (Album) Impulse!, ABC Records ASD-9279 US 1974 Sell This Version
BXL1-0550 Gato Barbieri Yesterdays (Album) Flying Dutchman BXL1-0550 US 1974 Sell This Version
BL 7068 J Gato Barbieri / Don Cherry Gato Barbieri / Don Cherry - Togetherness (Album) Durium BL 7068 J Italy 1974 Sell This Version
8133, AS-9263 Gato Barbieri Capitulo Dos: Hasta Siempre (Album) Probe, ABC Records 8133, AS-9263 Argentina 1974 Sell This Version
3C 064-96706, ASD-9303 Gato Barbieri Chapter Four: Alive In New York (Album) Impulse! 3C 064-96706, ASD-9303 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
TPL1 1149 Luis Bacalov / Gato Barbieri Luis Bacalov / Gato Barbieri - Desbandes(LP) RCA TPL1 1149 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
BXL1-1147 Gato Barbieri El Gato (Album, Comp) Flying Dutchman BXL1-1147 US 1975 Sell This Version
SP-4597, XOT 27 961 Gato Barbieri Caliente! (Album) A&M Records SP-4597, XOT 27 961 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
OX/3003 Gato Barbieri & His Group* Live In Buenos Ayres, 1971(LP, Album) Oxford OX/3003 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
SP-4655 Gato Barbieri Ruby, Ruby (Album) A&M Records SP-4655 US 1977 Sell This Version
PL 42038 Gato Barbieri Gato Barbieri(3xLP, Album) RCA PL 42038 France 1977 Sell This Version
AFF 12 Gato Barbieri Obsession (Album) Golden Jazz (2) AFF 12 UK 1978 Sell This Version
A&M CS-4710, CS-4710 Gato Barbieri Tropico (Album) A&M Records A&M CS-4710, CS-4710 US 1978 Sell This Version
AMLH 64774 Gato Barbieri Euphoria (Album) A&M Records AMLH 64774 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
SLP 608 Gato Barbieri Gato (Album) Fania Records SLP 608 France 1982 Sell This Version
2610582 Gato Barbieri Gato... Para Los Amigos!! (Album) Doctor Jazz Records 2610582 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
815 585-1 Gato Barbieri Apasionado (Album) Polydor 815 585-1 Portugal 1983 Sell This Version