Monday, April 4, 2016

Gato Barbieri - 1977 - Ruby, Ruby

Gato Barbieri 
Ruby, Ruby

01. Ruby 6:29
02. Nostalgia 5:25
03. Latin Reaction 4:58
04. Ngiculela - Es Una Historia - I Am Singing 5:45
05. Sunride 5:55
06. Adios 4:42
07. Blue Angel 5:46
08. Midnight Tango 4:27

Bass – Chuck Domanico (tracks: B3), Eddie Guagua (tracks: B2), Gary King
Congas – Joe Clayton (tracks: A3)
Drums – Bernard Purdie (tracks: A1), Lenny White, Steve Gadd (tracks: B1), Steve Jordan (tracks: B2)
French Horn – John Gale, Peter Gordon (8), Tom Malone
Guitar – David Spinozza, Joe Caro, Lee Ritenour (tracks: A1, A2, B1)
Keyboards – Eddy Martinez
Organ – Don Grolnick (tracks: A3)
Percussion – Cachete Maldonado, Paulinho Da Costa (tracks: A1, A2, A4 to B3), Portinho (tracks: B2)
Piano – Don Grolnick (tracks: A1)
Synthesizer – Ian Underwood (tracks: A2 to A4)
Tenor Saxophone, Arranged By – Gato Barbieri
Trombone – David Taylor, Paul Faulise, Wayne Andre
Trumpet – Herb Alpert (tracks: A2)
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Alen Rubin, Jon Faddis, Lou Soloff, Marvin Stamm

Ruby, Ruby is the continuation of Caliente from the previous year. Just imagine the two records as a double album, they belong together in every aspect.

Again, Jay Chattaway's in charge of the arrangements, and he keeps doing the right things, which in this case means making sure the tropics appear right before our ears, the clouds part, the bed sheets part etc. when we play this LP. Again, Gato Barbieri plays passionately and proves to be one of the most exiting tenor players of his time. Perhaps the choice of songs is not quite as successful here as on Caliente, however, the highlights are truly highlights: Latin Reaction, Ruby, Nostalgia, Blue Angel.

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