Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata

Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata

by Gato BarbieriGato Barbieri

CD(Remastered / Digi-Pak)

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Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata is the third of the four excellent "chapters" in saxophonist and composer Gato Barbieri's four-part "Latin America" series for Impulse, and released in 1974 with the core of a band he would use for his live outing on Chapter Four: Alive in New York. Produced by Ed Michel, this is a large group that included bassist Ron Carter, drummer Grady Tate, percussionists Ray Mantilla, the ubiquitous -- and brilliant -- Portinho, Ray Armando, and Luis Mangual, guitarists George Davis and Paul Metzke, and a large horn section. The session was arranged and conducted by the legendary Chico O'Farrill. There are six tunes on the set, divided between four Barbieri originals, and two covers including the legendary "Milonga Triste," and "What a Difference a Day Makes." While the former became a staple of Barbieri's live sets, it's his own compositions that are of most interest here, such as the complex horn charts in "El Sublime," with its funky Latin backbeat and his gorgeous, impassioned, hard-edged blowing over the top. The groove is irresistible. The title track begins as a rhumba with a killer piano introducing the claves and other percussion before the popping brass underscore that unmistakable Afro-Cuban rhythm. O'Farrill colors his arrangement with lithe flutes finding spaces to be heard in the dense, building intensity of the horns and the drums and percussions playing counter rhythmic statements. What initially sounds like one statement being played continuously is gradually revealed to be a subtly shifting set of tones, rhythms, and even modalities. Barbieri blows against the entire mess initially, driving right into the enormous harmonious storm and eventually rising above it with enormous squeals and squawks, while never losing the lyric bent in the tune. It's a breathtaking finish to a stellar recording, and of the four chapters in the series, the one most accessible to most jazz fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2009
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0602517995703
catalogNumber: 001269702
Rank: 85785

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gato Barbieri   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass,Bass Guitar
Howard Johnson   Tuba,Bass Clarinet,Flugelhorn,Baritone Saxophone
Ray Mantilla   Percussion,Latin Percussion
Buddy Morrow   Trombone
Seldon Powell   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Piccolo Flute
Grady Tate   Drums
George Davis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ray Alonge   French Horn
Ray Armando   Percussion,Latin Percussion
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
James Buffington   French Horn
Jose Mangual   Percussion
Eddie Martinez   Piano,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Bob McCoy   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Paul Metzke   Electric Guitar
Chico O'Farrill   Conductor
Victor Paz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Portinho   Percussion,Latin Percussion
Ralph   Bass Trombone
Alan Raph   Bass Trombone
Alan Rubin   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Luis Mangual   Latin Percussion
Bob Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

María Mendez Grever   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Dave Grusin   Executive Producer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Tony May   Engineer
Sonny Mediana   Graphic Design
Ed Michel   Producer
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Larry Rosen   Executive Producer
David Gibb   Graphic Design
Dan Serrano   Graphic Design
Andy Ruggirello   Graphic Design
Michelle Barbieri   Director
Hollis King   Art Direction
Homero Manzi   Composer
Scott Johnson   Graphic Design
Sebastián Piana   Composer

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