Wednesday, October 10, 2012
"The Body Memory of Longing Never Quenched": Gato Barbieri- Bolivia (1973)
"The life-affirming, surging spirit of these performances - with their supple range of colors, rhythms, soaring melodies - is the essence of that basic, visceral beauty that gives hope to lovers and revolutionaries and to all those who believe in real life before death. His music is an embodiment of perennial possibility that is made of blood and flesh rather than vaporous dreams. Gato, in sum, is among the the least abstract of musicians because he is so explosively, specifically alive."- Nat Hentoff, liner notes for Bolivia
If you enjoyed Chapter One: Latin America, you'll certainly love this record. I think I love it even more-- indeed, it may be my favorite of Gato's albums, and the title track is among his very finest efforts. If you love Lonnie Liston Smith's first gorgeous Cosmic Echoes record (Astral Traveling), you'll want to hear this immediately (assuming you haven't already, the very idea of which may be a foolish notion on my part).
Flabbergasted Vibes of course has the post-to-read on this incredible LP, and the download-of-choice, recently re-upped. Go there today, and pump this passion into your spiritual ears like the liquid tropical sex-gold that it is. Follow the link below (and thank the fellow).
If the Flabbergast link isn't happening for you, a kind commenter has left an alternate mediafire link in the comments.