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Leandro Barbieri (born on November 28, 1934 in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) better known as Gato Barbieri (Spanish for “Barbieri the Cat”) is an Argentine jazz tenor saxophonist and composer who rose to fame during the free jazz movement in the 1960s and from 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 the alto saxophone while teaming with Argentine pianist Lalo Schifrin in the late 1950s. By the early 1960s, while in Rome, he played tenor saxophone, also with trumpeter Don Cherry. Influenced by John Coltrane’s late recordings, as well as those from saxophonists Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders, Barbieri’s warm and gritty tone began to form that would become his trademark sound. In the late 1960s, he was fusing the musics from South America into his playing and contributed to multi-artist projects like Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra and Carla Bley’s Escalator Over The Hill. His music score for Bernardo Bertolucci’s film Last Tango in Paris earned him a Grammy Award and landed him into a record deal with Impulse! Records.

By the late 1970s he was working for A&M Records, and moved his music towards jazz-pop with albums like “Caliente” (with his best known song, Carlos Santana’s Europa).


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  • Slim_rafa

    Ultimo Tango nas Parisas.

    24 Apr 12:22am Reply

    Gato, I'm back, listening to your new cd ..... I've missed listening to your Music so ...... And I believe that this maybe a Gato Barbieri Friday evening/night onto the early morning ..... Gato, Gato, Gato Sweet and Smooth and I love that Ayyyyyyy he uses to start some songs I love Gato Barbieri Play for me Gato

    14 Mar 11:05pm Reply

    Gato! Gato! Gato! Mystica and every track of your Music .... Marvelous - Enchanting - Refreshing - Smooth ..... Exotic - Gato ! Gato ! Gato ! When I listen to his Music - it's so hard to stop and choose another Artists ......

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • Pagesflight

    Exciting jazz.

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • WEFC87


    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • olgushca


    1 May 2012 Reply
  • kaly_

    Happy Birthday !

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • NYC77

    After all these years Gato is still the greatest tenor sax man,a legend. Gracias Maestro !

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • romer55

    gracias gato por tu musica y todo tu talento no aflojes hermano

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    Great! :D

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • amat_24

    I second that. Straight Into the Sunrise got to be #1!!

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • philla12

    "straight into the sunrise",Pure Gato ,I feel is, just got to be #1.To watch the early sunrise with your love one,while listening to this is....................just love this one.................

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • wallelarsson

    Gato is the shimmering sound embodied, that captures the imagination. Once experienced no other sound will suffice. Strength sadness and compassion portrayed in a single note.

    29 Sep 2010 Reply
  • cinefilo73070

    Gato, eterno, incomparable en sus notas altas y su jazz barroco

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • saiuron35

    I love Gato so much! His passionate tone and music give me so much inspiration to keep practicing on my own saxophone so I can be just like him! He is wonderful...

    6 Feb 2010 Reply
  • farciniegas

    el mejor saxo tenor

    27 Oct 2009 Reply
  • flofg

    "Yesterdays" the best album

    28 Jun 2009 Reply
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    15 May 2009 Reply
  • BeBopDeLula

    Every song is slow and beautiful & so sexy!

    5 Jan 2009 Reply
  • leo_jt

    Como dijeron por ahí, una leyenda viviente. Gracias Gato...

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
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