Anthony Braxton —
Europa ... LP Picadilly, 1971/1980. Used ...
Out Of Stock
Nice US issue of some great material recorded by Braxton in London during 1971! Side one features duets between Braxton and Chick Corea (back when they were still speaking to each other!) – and Braxton plays sopranino next to Corea's acoustic piano. Side two features one track that has Braxton soloing on contrabass clarinet, plus another with four sopranino parts overdubbed together. Titles are all incomprehensible – but the music is great! LP, Vinyl record album
A great live performance from Gato Barbieri – recorded at a time when he was maybe sounding a bit smoother in the studio, but could still come across with a lot of fire in a concert setting like this! The group has a nice lineup – some sweet electric piano and guitar, but also some earthier percussion at the bottom – holds onto some of the Latin currents that Gato was exploring on his early 70s albums for Impulse – all while the man himself solos over the top, in that beautifully soulful, deeply raspy style that made him so unique! Titles include "Europa", "Don't Cry Rochelle", "Fiesta/Instrumental", "Fireflies", "Adios (parts 1 & 2)", and "Behind The Rain". CD
Gato Barbieri —
Caliente ... LP A&M, 1976. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Gato Barbieri's later recordings – but don't hold that against it! The set's a smoother effort than most of Gato's earlier work, but it's also still pretty darn soulful – done in a way that allows plenty of space for his raspy reed work on tenor to flow over the top of larger arrangements that have a nice electric touch. Players include Eric Gale and Joe Beck on guitars, Don Grolnick on keyboards, and Mtume and Ralph MacDonald on percussion – both of whom give the tunes a nice earthy undercurrent when needed. And while we might be put off by the larger, more heavily-arranged sound – Gato himself is still in charge of the charts, and keeps things nicely focused in a soulfully expressive way! Titles include "Firelies", "Fiesta", "Europa", "Don't Cry Rochelle", "Behind The Rain", "Los Desperados", and "I Want You". LP, Vinyl record album