Personalities | Gato Barbieri | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Tenor saxophone, b. 1934)

An acerbic-toned saxophonist heavily influenced by John Coltrane, Barbieri is an enigmatic figure, best known for his trademark black borsalino and his successful excursions into commercial music. Argentinian by birth, he first surfaced in Paris as a member of trumpeter Don Cherry’s group. After two years with Cherry, Barbieri began to actively seek ways to fuse Latin-American music and jazz. His soundtrack for Last Tango In Paris (1972) received widespread acclaim.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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