The Shadow of the Cat

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 013431850922
  • Catalog Number: 8509
  • Sales rank: 75,697

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 QuiƱones 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
Scott Hull Mastering
Andi Howard Executive Producer
David Winslow Engineer
Leandro Maciel Engineer
Russ Freeman Engineer
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