[members-announce] Essay at The Official Gato Barbieri Newsletter

Jorge L. Lardone lardoner at infovia.com.ar
Sat Mar 20 17:56:21 EST 2004

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                        Olvido Imperdonable (Unforgivable Oversight)
                        Short essay in honor of Gato by Argentinean jazz journalist Jorge Lardone
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            In the middle of the information vortex of the massive (in)communication means of this sur/realistic country [Argentina], in its majority property of multinational companies, accomplices of the barbarism imposed by neoliberal capitalism since 1989, the news of the 71st birthday (November 28th) of Gato Barbieri went absolutely unnoticed.
            Tremendous injustice for an artist who could serve as an example to thousands of young people by his exceptional artistic trajectory over the last 50 years. He actively participated at the end of 50's, and the beginning of the 60's, in the jazz scene of our country [Argentina], distinguishing himself although without still leaving the prejudiced mold that touched jazz at that time (a serious sin to several generations of Argentine jazz artists, actually fortunate to overcome). 

            His trip to Europe and soon after to the USA allowed him to discover the horizon without the limits of "free" [jazz] and it allowed him to continue maturing his own artistic project, which was lamentably interrupted by the actions of the Peronist organization Triple A first, and then later by the military genocides (74/76).                                      

            Gato is a pioneer who left [Argentina] to lay the foundations, for more than 30 years, of the creative music that today touches this country and a good part of Latin America. The reinterpretation that he did of Argentine and Latin American folkloric music and the tango sound as fresh today as it did then, as one can verify by listening to his extraordinary recordings from the late 60's and early 1970's: "The Third World", "Fenix", "Bolivia", "Under Fire", "The Pampero", "Yersterdays", "El Gato", "Chapter 1: Latin America", "Chapter 2: Hasta Siempre", "Chapter 3: Viva Emiliano Zapata", and "Chapter 4: Alive in New York".                                            

            It is not risky to say that, along with Astor Piazzolla and Dino Saluzzi, they represent the best that this country has contributed to the world in the field of creative music. 

            Jorge Lardone 
            Festival Internacional Fotojazzeando  
            San Rafael / Argentina

            Translation by Roberto G. Lebron, Jr., Esq.  

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