by Gato BarbieriGato Barbieri


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Believe it or not, this Argentinian-born saxophonist spent his early years playing in the jazz avant-garde with the likes of Don Cherry. But for all his free-form experiments, "the Cat" hit his stride with this pristine piece of seminal pop-jazz. His emotional, warm-blooded playing, gritty-sweet tone, and Latin-laced grooves slide down smooth and easy. Covers of Santana's "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)" and Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" remain faithful to the originals' vibe, yet take on a seductive Spanish accent thanks to Barbieri's expressive tenor and a battery of Latin percussion. Elsewhere, hip-swiveling rhythms and tuneful arrangements of cuts like "Fiesta," "Behind the Rain," and "Los Desperados" simply simmer. Drummer Lenny White kicks down a rock-solid beat, percussionists Ralph MacDonald and Mtume add the spice that's funky and nice, and producer Herb Alpert (of Tijuana Brass, and the "A" in A&M Records) polishes the proceedings to a glossy sheen with colorful orchestrations and silky strings.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: A&M
UPC: 0075021324725
catalogNumber: 3247
Rank: 5030


  1. Fireflies
  2. Fiesta
  3. Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)
  4. Don't Cry Rochelle
  5. Adios, Pt. 1
  6. I Want You
  7. Behind The Rain
  8. Los Desperados
  9. Adios, Pt. 2

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gato Barbieri   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Beck   Guitar
Don Grolnick   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Lenny White   Drums
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
David Taylor   Trombone
David Nadien   Strings
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Alfred Brown   Strings
Harry Cykman   Strings
Max Ellen   Strings
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Eric Gale   Guitar
Paul Gershman   Strings
Harry Glickman   Strings
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Harry Lookofsky   Strings
Theodore Israel   Strings
Gary King   Bass
Harold Kohon   Strings
James Mtume   Percussion
Angel "Cachete" Maldonado   Percussion
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Eddie Martinez   Keyboards
Charles McCracken   Strings
Max Pollikoff   Strings
Matthew Raimondi   Strings
Alan Shulman   Strings
David Spinozza   Guitar
Eddy Martinez   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Producer
Gato Barbieri   Liner Notes
Tom Coster   Composer
Jay Chattaway   Director
Don Hahn   Engineer
Carlos Santana   Composer

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