RIP Gato Barbieri

Leandro Barbieri (born November 28, 1932 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina died 2 April 2016, known as Gato Barbieri (Spanish for “the cat” Barbieri), was an Argentine jazz tenor saxophonist and composer who rose to fame during the free jazz movement in the 1960s and is known for his Latin jazz recordings in the 1970s.

Born to a family of musicians, Barbieri began playing music after hearing Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time”. He played the clarinet and later the alto saxophone while performing with the Argentinean pianist Lalo Schifrin in the late 1950s.

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