It is not a secret that my all time favourite tenor player is Gato Barbieri. His playing style has influenced me more than anyone else’s. And if you know what you’re listening for, some of his playing elements and licks can be heard in my solo work.
This morning I found an amazing video from 1977 that features Gato Barbieri and Carlos Santana performing Santa’s classic instrumental hit, Europa.
In this rare video you will hear what makes Barbieri such a powerful performer. It sent chills down my spine. This is a man who can do with a tenor, what David Sanborn does with an alto. Coincidentally, both performers use a Selmer Mark VI.
Barbieri’s use of split tones, multiphonics, altissimo, and other advanced techniques, were what drew me as a young saxophonist, into the area of saxophone study. Today I have those techniques under my belt, but I’m always striving to learn more.
Thank you Gato Barbieri. The music of your Caliente! album inspired me like no one else before or since.
If you’d like to find out more about this influential, Grammy winning, Latin jazz saxophonist, or to find out where he’s performing, check out his website.
How about you? Who was your inspiration?