[JPL] Gato Barbieri

CARLOS FERNANDEZ altrumusic at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 14 15:58:48 EDT 2006

Gato Barbieri is a soul-man.....touched mine years ago while listening  to an album I believe was called "Chapter 1"  Latin America.(  don't quote me here).
  A very organic record..
  I watched and listened to Gato &  Santana performed  Europa together.... It was as soul-full as it  gets..The show was the (King Biscuit Flower Hour). When they finished,  Santana brought out the Tower of Power horn section and blistered a  version of Maria Caracoles...a Mozambique (Cuban traditional ).
   I met Gato once in Orlando many years ago. He was quiet, very in  tune and aware.We sat and spoke with out saying too many words....Then  led him onto the stage... one of his players walked him to his  spot..slowly... when he played with eyes closed...tapped deep inside  the marrow of what his music, spirit was (is) about....his band  followed his direction and with complete instinct and finesse. Gato can  see with out looking...
  Carlos Fernandez
  Altru Music

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> Legendary jazz Tenor  Sax player Gato Barbieri, whose "Europa" is smooth 
> jazz's equivalent of "Stairway to Heaven," has been slowly going 
> blind for the last six years from a form of macular degeneration and 
> is now legally blind. Barbieri and his wife, Laura, are working 
> closely with the Foundation Fighting Blindness to raise awareness of 
> the disease and raise funds for ongoing research projects to find a 
> cure. 
> His "Europa" certainly has not been limited to Smooth Jazz airplay.
> TomtheJazzman

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