NY Times; AP

His Latin Jazz Sound was Instantly Recognizable: Grammy-winning Saxophonist Gato Barbieri Dies at 83

Apr 3, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Gato Barbieri, 83, “a saxophonist whose highly emotional playing helped expand the audience for Latin jazz, and whose music for the film ‘Last Tango in Paris’ won a Grammy Award, died on Saturday in New York,” reports The New York Times.

According to the Associated Press, he died of complications from pneumonia.

The Times continues, “Mr. Barbieri recorded dozens of albums in a career that began in the late 1940s in his native Argentina, and continued recording and performing into the 21st century.

“Although he was heavily influenced by John Coltrane and other saxophonists, his big, lush sound was distinctly his own and instantly recognizable.”

From YouTube, here’s a cut from “Last Tango in Paris”:

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