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Latin Jazz Saxophonist Gato Barbieri Dies at 83

Best known for Grammy-winning “Last Tango in Paris” soundtrack

Gato Barbieri
Gato Barbieri
Gato Barbieri in 2006

Gato Barbieri, a pioneering Latin jazz saxophonist and composer, died April 2, in New York City. The cause was pneumonia. He was 83.

Best known for his soundtrack to the 1972 Bernardo Bertolucci film Last Tango in Paris, which won a Grammy the following year in the category of Best Instrumental Composition, Leandro Barbieri was born November 28, 1932, in Rosario, Argentina. He acquired the nickname “Gato,” Spanish for cat, during the 1950s and it became his professional name for the remainder of his career.

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