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date: 05 December 2019

Barbieri, Gato [Leandro J.]locked

  • Catherine Collins
  • , revised by Barry Kernfeld


[Leandro J.]

(b Rosario, Argentina, Nov 28, 1934; d New York, April 2, 2016). Argentine tenor saxophonist and composer. Several members of his family were musicians, and he studied clarinet as a child. He moved in 1947 to Buenos Aires, where he learned alto saxophone and became first alto saxophonist in Lalo Schifrin’s band; his early influences were Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Later he formed his own quartet and changed to the tenor instrument. In 1962 he moved to Rome, and in 1965 (or late in 1964) he joined Don Cherry’s group in Paris (to 1966). It was while he was participating in avant-garde orchestral sessions with Carla Bley (under Gary Burton’s leadership, 1967, and under Bley herself, 1968–71), the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra (1968), and Charlie Haden (1970), and also recording in a free-jazz duo with Dollar Brand, that Barbieri began to develop his own approach, moving away from Cherry’s free-jazz style towards Latin American music; he became known internationally through his performances at festivals in Bologna (...

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