Monday, April 4, 2016

Gato Barbieri - 1973 - Last Tango In Paris

Gato Barbieri 
Last Tango In Paris

01. Last Tango In Paris - Tango 3:32
02. Jeanne 2:34
03. Girl In Black - Tango (Para Mi Negra) 2:06
04. Last Tango In Paris - Ballad 3:43
05. Fake Ophelia 2:57
06. Picture In The Rain 1:51
07. Return - Tango (La Vuelta) 3:04
08. It's Over 3:15
09. Goodbye (Un Largo Adios) 2:32
10. Why Did She Choose You? 3:00
11. Last Tango In Paris - Jazz Waltz 5:44

Tracks 1-11 - The Album Recording
Bonus Tracks:

12-40. Last Tango In Paris Suite

Arranged By – Oliver Nelson
Composed By, Saxophone [Solo] – Gato Barbieri
Music By – Gato Barbieri And His Orchestra
Producer – Alberto Grimaldi
Original Soundtrack from Bernardo Bertolucci's movie.

First pressings have off-white labels with large, brown "UA" logo at top.

Gato Barbieri performs through the courtesy of Flying Dutchman Productions, Ltd.

Although some of the smoky sax solos get a little uncomfortably close to 1970s fusion cliché, Gato Barbieri's score to Bertolucci's 1972 classic is an overall triumph. Suspenseful jazz, melancholy orchestration, and actual tangos fit the film's air of erotic longing, melancholy despair, and doomed fate. "Last Tango in Paris" is a particular standout, its orgiastic, wordless vocal yelps reflecting, whether by design or not, the actual content of the movie. The 1998 CD reissue is by no means just a substitute for the old vinyl; it more than doubles the length of the original release with a "Last Tango in Paris Suite," put together by Barbieri himself from 29 cues from the original score as used in the film.

This is a brilliant revision of the original soundtrack of the movie score from the 1970s. Gato Barbieri went back into the studio as a much older man, deeply affected by the death of his beloved wife, and immersed himself in this project which proved restorative for him. And we benefit immeasurably hearing the fresh sounds of his unique saxophone, searing, untrammeled, boundless. The beauty
of his playing is never conventional but always illuminating. And there is a striking bonus. Gato also composed and performs a Suite
based on themes from the soundtrack. This music is redolent of Paris, the city's magic, mystery and wonder are Gato's gift to us. This is Paris as romantics everywhere feel it and experience it. The film itself is a tragic story of a man's life winding down, his death wish accelerating it; and the naive young woman who becomes not his lover in an apocalyptic love affair, although for a time she believes it, but rather his accomplice in his death. I know that view of the film sounds harsh, but it's accurate. The music of the Suite presents a very different Paris and suggests a more romantic love story.