by Chris May
In the early 1970s there was fusion and there was NTU Troop. After paying his dues in bands led by Charles Mingus, Max Roach and Art Blakey, Bartz made a splash in 1969 with his sophomore album, Another Earth (Milestone), a genius blend of spiritual jazz, space jazz and down and dirty blues. On it, Bartz was joined by tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, trumpeter Charles Tolliver, pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Freddie Waits. Heavy company.read more
by AAJ Staff
Recordings like Gary Bartz' Harlem Bush Music are often lost to time and neglect. Because it addresses heady social issues (racism and war in this case), it is not an album for sipping wine or for just chillin'." Just there, plenty of sales are lost to hipsters and trendsetters. Excluding this fickle crowd, though, it is still surprising that such an excellent album could remain so obscure.
Luckily, for those of us not present during its original release, Fantasy has ...read more