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Gato Barbieri: Chapter One: Latin America

Album Notes

Personnel: Gato Barbieri (tenor saxophone); Raul Mercado (quena); Amadeo Monges (Indian harp); Antonio Pantoja (anapa, erke, siku, quena, erkencho); Osvaldo Bellingieri (piano); Quelo Palacios (acoustic guitar); Ricardo Lew (electric guitar); Isoca Fumero (charango); Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon); Adalberto Cevasco (bass); Pocho Lapouble (drums); Domingo Cura (bombo Indio); Jorge Padin, El Zurdo Roizner (percussion).

Recorded at Music Hall, S.A.C.I.S.I., Buenos Aires, Argentina and Odeon Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in April 1973.

This 1973 release by the jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri found the maverick musician turning from his previous experiments with free jazz to embrace his Latin American roots. An Argentine, Barbieri excelled at fusing the sensibilities of North and South America. He does so here, yet the emphasis is on traditional instrumentation and feel. Latin rhythms, and the presence of wooden flutes, bomba drums, and charangos, keep the album rooted in Latin American soil as Barbieri pulls for the sky with his inspired playing.


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