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Gato Barbieri

ts, sax, *1932 AR, Argentina
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Leandro Jose Barbieri

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.

  • Tenor sax
  • Saxophone
  • Vocals
  • Flute
  • Jazz
  • Latin
  • R&B/Soul
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile) on Caliente! by Gato Barbieri
Last Tango in Paris - Ultimo Tango a Parigi (Titles) on Last Tango in Paris by Gato Barbieri
Straight Into The Sunrise on Que Pasa by Gato Barbieri
Vuelta (2nd Version) on Last Tango in Paris by Gato Barbieri
I Want You on Caliente! by Gato Barbieri
She Is Michelle on Tropico by Gato Barbieri
Fiesta on Caliente! by Gato Barbieri
Last Tango - (Theme From Last Tango In Paris) - Album Version on The Shadow Of The Cat by Gato Barbieri
Blue Gala on Que Pasa by Gato Barbieri
Mystica on Que Pasa by Gato Barbieri

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Live At Liederhalle In Stuttgart 1966Don Cherry, Gato Barbieri, Karl Berger, Bo Stief, Aldo Romano2016Album
Fiesta Caliente! Live '76Gato Barbieri2016Album
New York MeetingGato Barbieri, Carlos Franzetti, David Finck, Nestor Astarita2010Album
Copenhagen 1963 & Hilversum 1966Don Cherry Quintet Featuring Archie Shepp & Gato Barbieri2010Album
Live In MontrealGato Barbieri2006Album
The Impulse StoryGato Barbieri2006Compil.
The Impulse StoryGato Barbieri2006Compil.
The Best Of Gato BarbieriGato Barbieri2004Compil.
Bolivia and Under FireGato Barbieri2003Compil.
The Shadow Of The CatGato Barbieri2002Album
Live from the Latin QuarterGato Barbieri2001Album
Gato Barbieri's Finest HourGato Barbieri2000Compil.
Planet Jazz: Gato BarbieriGato Barbieri1999Compil.
The Best Of The Early YearsGato Barbieri1999Compil.
Che CorazónGato Barbieri1999Album
Greatest HitsGato Barbieri1998Compil.
El GatoGato Barbieri1997Single
Priceless Jazz CollectionGato Barbieri1997Compil.
Qué PasaGato Barbieri1997Album
Latino AmericaGato Barbieri1997Compil.
GatoGato Barbieri1991Compil.
Jazz GiantsChick Corea - Dave Holland - Hubert Laws - Woody Shaw - Gato Barbieri - Don Cherry - Albert Ayler & John Handy Quintet1991Compil.
Gato Barbieri With Dollar BrandGato Barbieri With Dollar Brand1991Compil.
Passion And FireGato Barbieri1990Album
Two Pictures,Years 1965-1968Gato Barbieri, Piero Umiliani1990Compil.
Tekno ModeLeonard Washington With Gato Barbieri And Billy Cobham1987Album
Caliente!Gato Barbieri1986Album
Passion & FireGato Barbieri1983Compil.
Gato... Para Los Amigos!!Gato Barbieri1983Album
ApasionadoGato Barbieri1983Album
BahiaGato Barbieri1982Album
Gato BarbieriGato Barbieri1982Album
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 6Gato Barbieri, Don Cherry, Albert Ayler, John Handy1980Compil.
Mujer LatinaGato Barbieri1979Single
EuphoriaGato Barbieri1979Album
FirepowerGato Barbieri1979Single
Masters Of Jazz Vol.9Gato Barbieri1978Compil.
PoincianaGato Barbieri1978Album
NostalgiaGato Barbieri1978Single
ObsessionGato Barbieri1978Album
FoundationsTom Scott / John Klemmer / Gato Barbieri1978Compil.
TropicoGato Barbieri1978Album
Latin LadyGato Barbieri1978Album
Ruby, RubyGato Barbieri1977Album
SunrideGato Barbieri1977Single
Gato BarbieriGato Barbieri1977Compil.
RubyGato Barbieri1977Album
NostalgiaGato Barbieri1977Single
Caliente!Gato Barbieri1976Album
Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)Gato Barbieri1976Single
Live In Buenos Ayres, 1971Gato Barbieri1976Album
FiestaGato Barbieri1976Single
I Want YouGato Barbieri1976Single
El GatoGato Barbieri1975Album
Chapter Four: Alive In New YorkGato Barbieri1975Album
Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano ZapataGato Barbieri1974Album
YesterdaysGato Barbieri1974Album
La ChinaGato Barbieri1974Single
Chapter Two: Hasta SiempreGato Barbieri1974Album
La ChinaGato Barbieri1973Single
The Legend Of Gato BarbieriGato Barbieri1973Compil.
BoliviaGato Barbieri1973Album
Last Tango In ParisGato Barbieri1973Album
Last Tango In ParisGato Barbieri1973Single
Under FireGato Barbieri1973Album
Ultimo Tango A Parigi / Silver MachineGato Barbieri / Hawkwind1973Single
Chapter One: Latin AmericaGato Barbieri1973Album
El PamperoGato Barbieri1972Album
FenixGato Barbieri1971Album
El Sertao / AntonicoGato Barbieri1971Single
The Third WorldGato Barbieri1970Album
Hamba Khale!Gato Barbieri / Dollar Brand1968Album
Jazz ArgentinoAlbertino Corvini, Chivo Borraro, Tom Kirk, Gato Barbieri, José Wisemberg, Horacio Malvicino, Jorge López Ruiz, Pichi Mazzei1960Album
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