“Gato Barbieri – Europa composed by Carlos Santana”

17 Jul
“Gato Barbieri – Europa composed by Carlos Santana”

Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile)” is an instrumental from the Santana album Amigos, written by Carlos Santana and Tom Coster. It is one of Santana’s most popular compositions and it reached the top in the Spanish Singles Chart in July 1976.

The 16-bar chord progression follows the Circle of Fifths, similar to the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves.” Every other verse ends with a Picardy cadence.  A famous rendition was by saxophonistGato Barbieri off his 1976 from album Caliente!.[2] In 2006, saxophonist Jimmy Sommers recorded the song for his Standards album Time Stands Still.[3][4]Contemporary jazz guitarist Nils released a rendition from his 2009 album Up Close & Personal.[5][6] Blake Aaron covers the song on his album Soul Stories (2015).  Another famous rendition is the one made by Tuck Andress during the ’90s.

Spanish musician Dyango sang a version accompanied by Paco de Lucia, with lyrics set to the melody.




Posted by on July 17, 2017 in jazz, music



2 responses to ““Gato Barbieri – Europa composed by Carlos Santana”

  1. America On Coffee

    April 12, 2017 at 1:47 am



  2. RonMamita

    April 12, 2017 at 5:38 am

    A favorite, because this song was a foundation for my first intentional romantic courtship…

    Liked by 1 person


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