Argentine tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri took the saxophone style of John Coltrane and adapted it to South American tango and folk idioms. His trademark piercing tenor cries ring through on this 1999 live date from New York City's Latin Quarter club. Clad in dark sunglasses and a black Bolivar hat, Barbieri leads his combo in a nice set consisting of new tunes like the Satie-like "Mystica" and "Llamerito y Tango"(also featured in the 2000 documentary Calle 54) and his classic cuts "Last Tango in Paris" "Europa," and the danceable "Viva Emiliano Zapata." This pleasing concert reveals that Gato Barbieri's stage persona is as earthy and ethereal as his unique Afro-Andean moves and grooves. --Eugene Holley Jr.
Jazz legend Gato Barbieri takes his warm-blooded, Latin-influenced rhythms to New York in this impassioned return to form by the master Argentinian saxophonist. With band members Frank Colon, Robbie Gonzalez, Mario Rodriguez and Mark Soskin tearing it up, Barbieri and company sets the Latin Quarter on fire! Tracks: Mystica, Woman on the Lake, Llamerito y Tango, Last Tango in Paris, Europa, 1812, Via Emiliano Zapata. 66 minutes.
Widescreen / Color / Zone 1 / NTSC