Ruby, Ruby

Ruby, Ruby

by Gato BarbieriGato Barbieri


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Charming and romantic fit the description of Gato Barbieri and the work he presents here, the album Ruby, Ruby. The production of the record, mastered and engineered handsomely by Herb Alpert, is very lush and beautiful to a lasting degree. Barbieri turns his first song, "Ruby," from an early-on haunting love ballad to an appealing and gripping all-out Latin jam session. This theme happens to find itself playing roles several times over throughout the record. The musicianship explored is captivating and adventurous, taking the listener on a passionate journey to whatever part of the soul he or she wishes to find or dares to pursue. A soaring sound at times, with Barbieri's splendid, racing saxophone melody lines. "Nostalgia" brings the delicate and eloquent guitar work of Lee Ritenour, who also takes part in the creation of "Sunride" and bits of "Ruby." As with most jazz records, percussion is responsible for playing a key role in the inception of the groove and depth of the material. Because of this album's Latin context, Barbieri does a wonderful job inspiring his friends in the rhythm section to come to life. Joe Clayton plays the textured conga on "Latin Reaction," and Lenny White leads a band of fellow passionate drummers, including Paulina da Costa, Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, and Bernard Purdie. The entire atmosphere of the record changes smoothly in texture and tempo, drifting like a channeling stream from subdued and slow to rampant and passionately loud. Certainly, Barbieri intended it to be a delight of the first degree in the Latin scene, and one listen should win the hearts and minds of the listener. Conjuring up romance and scenes of a starry night in Latin America, this music is the soul of Latin music at its peak in the late '70s. A soothing and ethereal delight, even considering its only weakness: the lack of words and lyrics.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: A&M
UPC: 0075021332225
catalogNumber: 3322

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gato Barbieri   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Herb Alpert   Trumpet
Jon Faddis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Don Grolnick   Organ
Tom "Bones" Malone   French Horn
Lew Soloff   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Lenny White   Drums
David Taylor   Trombone
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Joe Caro   Guitar
Joe Clayton   Conga
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Steve Gadd   Drums
John Gale   French Horn
Gary King   Bass
Angel "Cachete" Maldonado   Percussion
Eddie Martinez   Keyboards
Portinho   Percussion
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Alan Rubin   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Spinozza   Guitar
Ian Underwood   Synthesizer
Don Groinick   Organ
Eddie Guagua   Bass
Eddy Martinez   Keyboards
Joe Clyton   Conga
Peter Gordon   French Horn
Steve Jordan   Drums
David Earl Taylor   Trombone

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Arranger,Producer
Gato Barbieri   Arranger
David Nadien   String Contractor,String Conductor
Jay Chattaway   Arranger,Orchestration
Don Hahn   Engineer
Roland Young   Art Direction
Hollis King   Art Direction

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