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Rabble Without A Cause
Wednesday December 14th, 2011 with Bernard Stepien
Argentinian saxophonist Gato Barbieri

Argentinian saxophonist Gato Barbieri is may be an exception to the rule in the world of Free Jazz. Believe it or not, he made a successful commercial career at the bewilderment of Free Jazz aficionados of course. However, his path is quite interesting. First geograpically, he went straight to Europe, Rome, Italy and Paris, France before landing in New York. In Europe he started playing with all kinds of American Jazz musicians and especially Don Cherry with whom he had a common affinity for world music that they both incorporated into their Jazz.One of the main characteristic of his style is the concurrency of extreme avant-garde with very soft playing. Coltrane is never far away but so is Albert Ayler. This eventually landed him a sound track gig on the famous Last Tango in Paris. Tonight we will sample his very first CD recorded in 1967 on the ESP-DISK label, In Seach of the Mystery. the ESP-DISK label is still alive and religiously re-issues all of this beautiful music of the '60s and beyond that could constitute a very good Christmas present:
in search of the mystery
Gato Barbieri - in search of the mystery - ESP-Disk
obsession - cinematheque
Gato Barbieri - in search of the mystery - ESP-Disk
el arriero
Gato Barbieri - Fenix - flying dutchman