189

Gato Barbieri: In Search of the Mystery

Lyn Horton By

Sign in to view read count
Gato Barbieri: In Search of the Mystery
Argentinean reed man Gato Barbieri began his career in the 1960s, looking to establish a voice that separated him from his native musical language. Having recorded twice in bands led by his mentor, trumpeter Don Cherry, in Paris and with Italian pianist Giorgio Gaslini's large ensemble in Milan prior to this recording, Barbieri decided to go to New York to search for another beginning. In 1967, with a group that included Calo Scott on cello, the late bassist Sirone (née Norris Jones, among his first several sessions) and drummer Bobby Kapp (this is only his second appearance), Barbieri recorded his debut album as a leader for the established home of the New York New Thing, ESP-Disk.

In its 40 minutes, In Search of the Mystery reveals Barbieri's unstoppable energy on tenor sax. He works mostly in the high register, climbing around the horn, seeing how far he can push the pitch. Seldom does he touch on tunefulness except to apply it as a bridge into other rousing improvisations.

His choice of band mates reveals a sensitivity to instrumentation. That he placed a cello in the ensemble required some sort of bravura because, at this point, the cello had historically, beginning with Fred Katz in the mid-1950s, only rarely shown up in jazz groups, much less free ones (though Scott himself was featured on several albums from the late-1950s on by musicians like Gerry Mulligan, Mal Waldron and Ahmed Abdul-Malik). It lends an unexpected coloration to the music, as if tenor has a shadowy transformative power following behind it. Scott's solo jaunts express the constant tempo pervading the music, bass and drums providing unshakable forward-motion undercurrents. All three instruments are given occasional solo interludes.

The last track coalesces into conclusiveness, shaped by Barbieri's two-note low-high repetitions occurring from different starting places on his horn, stating perhaps that the resolution to the mystery being sought has been found. Since this album, Barbieri's 'voice' changed drastically as he matured. In this record though, youthfully uninhibited, Barbieri simply let go.

Track Listing

In Search of the Mystery/Michelle; Obsession No. 2/Cinemateque.

Personnel

Gato Barbieri: tenor saxophone; Calo Scott: cello; Sirone (Morris Jones): bass; Bobby Kapp: drums.

Album information

Title: In Search of the Mystery | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: ESP Disk

Post a comment about this album

Tags

View events near New York City
Jazz Near New York City
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

More

Read HH
HH
Lionel Loueke
Read Secrets & Lies
Secrets & Lies
Jakko M. Jakszyk
Read Dominos
Dominos
Chuck Anderson
Read Ceremonie / Musique
Ceremonie / Musique
What Happens In A Year
Read Hypnotized
Hypnotized
Jason "Spicy G" Goldman
Read Molecular
Molecular
James Brandon Lewis

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.