Gato Barbieri, Latin Jazz Great and ‘Last Tango in Paris’ Composer, Dead at 83 (via Rolling Stone)

Leandro “Gato” Barbieri, the influential Latin jazz bandleader and saxophonist best known for his Grammy-winning score to the film Last Tango in Paris, died Saturday at a New York hospital following a bout with pneumonia. He was 83. Barbieri’s wife Laura confirmed her husband’s death to The Associated Press, adding that he also recently underwent bypass surgery to remove a blood clot.

“Music was a mystery to Gato, and each time he played was a new experience for him, and he wanted it to be that way for his audience. He was honored for all the years he had a chance to bring his music all around the world,” Laura Barbieri said. In 2015, Barbieri was awarded a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his musical contributions.

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