Monday, April 4, 2016

Gato Barbieri - 1971 - Fenix

Gato Barbieri 


01. Tupac Amaru
02. Carnavalito
03. Falsa Bahiana
04. El Dia Que Me Quieras
05. El Arriero
06. Bahia

Gato Barbieri - tenor saxophone
Na Ná (Naná Vasconcelos) - berimbau & conga
Gene Golden - conga & bongo drums
Lennie White, lll - drums
Ron Carter - electric bass
Lonnie Liston Smith - piano & electric piano
Joe Beck - electric guitar (A1)

Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, April 27 & 28, 1971
Sound mixers – Gene Paul & Geoff Haslam
Producer – Bob Thiele
Originally released in 1971 by Flying Dutchman Records (USA), LP - FD 10144

Some artists totally change directions; some reinvent their personalities. It is hard to know exactly what to make of the case of this Argentinian tenor saxophonist, who first appeared as a sideman on several extremely important Don Cherry projects, making such an essential contribution to the overall feel of these records that listeners expected great things. After a few attempts at finding a meeting place between the energy and harshness of free jazz and the his own rhythmic roots, he created this album in which everything seemed to come together perfectly. If a judgement is to be made based on Barbieri's overall career, then a lot of credit would be given to his accompanying musicians here, who are strictly the cream of the crop. A horn player certainly couldn't complain about a rhythm section featuring bassist Ron Carter, drummer Lenny White, and pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, the last fresh out of the band of Pharoah Sanders, where he had established himself as the absolute king of modal, vaguely Latin or African sounding vamps. Smith was able to fit right in here, and he of course knew just what to do when the saxophonist went into his screaming fits, because he surely had plenty of practice with this kind of stuff playing with Sanders. The leader adds a nice touch of ethnic percussion with some congas and bongos and Na Na on berimbau; in fact, this was the first time many American listeners heard this instrument. From here, Barbieri continued to build, reaching a height with a series of collaborations with Latin American musicians playing traditional instruments. He would then switch gears, tone down the energy, and become kind of a romantic image with a saxophone in his mouth, producing music that brought on insults from reviewers, many of whom would have bit their tongues if they'd known much worse sax playing was to come via later artists such as Kenny G. But at this point in 1971, well before the Muppets would create a caricature out of him, Barbieri was absolutely smoking, and for a certain style of rhythmic free jazz, this is a captivating album indeed.



  2. Howdy Drago...How are you man? Hope you are Well...

    Thanks so much for the Gato flood :-)

    --Just wanted to let you know that this link is not connecting to FileFactory for some reason?

    Thanks again for everything my friend...

    Have a Great Night, Cheers!! Lancealot


  3. Worked for me, so you might wanna try again.

    Thanks for all the Gato as well as all the other great stuff you share. I have many of the albums you highlight but enjoy reading and learning from your pages. You obviously care, and it's heartening to see your effort and thought. I'll just tell you now, I will DL other stuff without so much as a thank you, but please understand that it's not because I'm not appreciative, it's that the stereo is too loud!

  4. Okay, I lied. Spoke too soon. I was able to connect to FF for the rar, but file didn't unpack properly. Neither did your post of Third World. Both had CRC or end of archive issues and were not functioning.
    Not complaining (I'm drowning in Gato!), just thought you'd want to know.

  5. mee too i cannot download the file, and i don't know why...
    filefactory says

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    please help fix this


  6. «File Unavailable» :/

    Could you re-upload it?
    Thank you!