Shadow of the Cat

The Shadow of the Cat

by Gato Barbieri
     
 
According to the press biography disseminated with advance copies of Gato Barbieri's Peak Records debut, The Shadow of the Cat, he was nearing 70 at the time of this release (previous published accounts would have put him at only 67) and this is the 50th album on which he is either featured or is the leader. One cannot,

Overview

According to the press biography disseminated with advance copies of Gato Barbieri's Peak Records debut, The Shadow of the Cat, he was nearing 70 at the time of this release (previous published accounts would have put him at only 67) and this is the 50th album on which he is either featured or is the leader. One cannot, then, reasonably expect the old cat to have learned new tricks. Nor has his new label required him to; the company, run by contemporary jazz guitarist Russ Freeman, specializes in a melodic, commercial style of jazz. Producer Jason Miles (whose previous clients include Miles Davis and Luther Vandross) seems to have aimed at re-creating the sound of Barbieri's mid-'70s albums for A&M Records, even to the point of enlisting trumpeter Herb Alpert (the "A" in A&M) as a prominent guest ("Para Todos [For Everyone]" finds Barbieri and Alpert dueling pleasantly) and having Barbieri recut his signature tune, "Last Tango (Theme From Last Tango in Paris)." A bevy of other smooth jazz artists also sit in, including the company head, of course, along with some percussionists enlisted to give the album the appropriate Latin flavor. Buoyed by such support, Barbieri sounds good, soloing warmly throughout the disc, and maybe that's the real story here -- that, at some point in his late sixties, the veteran musician, bedeviled by health and emotional problems for much of the 1990s, is back to playing in his most appealing style in the 21st century.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Peak Records
UPC:
0013431850922
catalogNumber:
8509
Rank:
57812

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gato Barbieri   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Mark Egan   Bass
Herb Alpert   Trumpet
Peter White   Guitar
Lisa Fischer   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
Dean Brown   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Barry Danielian   Trumpet
Sheila E.   Percussion,Conga
James Genus   Bass
Oscar Hernandez   Piano,Electric Piano
Will Lee   Bass
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Jason Miles   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Drums,Keyboards,Brass,Chart
Jeff Mironov   Guitar,Soloist
Richie Morales   Percussion,Drums
Marc Quiñones   Percussion
Steve Wolf   Drums
Dal Romeo Lowe   Acoustic Guitar
Roger Blanc   Chart
Cassandra Reed   Vocals,Background Vocals
Russ Freeman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Engineer
Gato Barbieri   Liner Notes
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Barry Danielian   Horn Arrangements
Steve Gaboury   Engineer
Chris Jennings   Engineer
Jason Miles   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Doug Oberkircher   Engineer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Steve Wolf   Percussion Programming
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
David Winslow   Engineer
Leandro Maciel   Engineer
Russ Freeman   Engineer

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