Gary Bartz

Gary Bartz

Real Name:
Gary Lee Bartz
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b. 26th September 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
Gary Bartz took up the alto sax at the age of eleven.
As a teenager Gary had played sax in his father's nightclub, sitting in with Art Blakey and George Benson.
He had started on alto at age 11 and, after studying at Juilliard and the Peabody Conservatory, Bartz worked with the Max Roach-Abbey Lincoln group in 1964.
He followed that up by stints with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1965-66), McCoy Tyner and Blue Mitchell.
Bartz made a strong impression with Miles Davis' 1970-71 fusion group, emerging as perhaps the strongest soloist on the recording 'Live / Evil'.
The altoist, who had recorded as a leader for Milestone and Prestige fairly regularly since 1967, did some of his finest work at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival (released on Prestige as 'I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies').
In 1970 he worked with Miles Davis, then in 1972 switched to the Prelude label and moved towards fusing soul R & B with jazz in his music.
By the mid seventies his recordings became funkier and more commercial.
His 1977 album 'Music Is My Sanctuary' is considered one of the finest fusion albums of it's generation, with the title track receiving 'rare groove' status.
1978's 'Love Affair' on Capitol (which featured an excellent revised version of John Coltrane's 'Giant Steps') which was well received in soul and jazz circles.
His next move was to Arista where he worked with writers / producers Mtume / Lucas on the single 'Music', taken from the album 'Bartz' (1980).
He also recorded with The Blackbyrds and Rena Scott.
By 1987, Bartz started recording more mainstream jazz style albums for Mapleshade, SteepleChase and Candid.
Gary Bartz is an underrated (and often totally overlooked) jazz great.
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Gary Bartz Discography

Albums

Gary Bartz Another Earth (Album) Milestone Records US 1969 Sell This Version
BLP 30.117 Charles Tolliver And His All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Gary Bartz, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers Charles Tolliver And His All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Gary Bartz, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers - Charles Tolliver And His All Stars(LP, Album) Freedom BLP 30.117 France 1971 Sell This Version
Jackie McLean Featuring Gary Bartz Jackie McLean Featuring Gary Bartz - Ode To Super (Album) SteepleChase Denmark 1973 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, Jackie McLean Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, Jackie McLean - Altissimo (Album) Philips Japan 1973 Sell This Version
John Lee (3) / Gerry Brown Featuring: Chris Hinze & Gary Bartz John Lee (3) / Gerry Brown Featuring: Chris Hinze & Gary Bartz - Infinite Jones (Album) Keytone Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz The Shadow Do (Album) Prestige US 1975 Sell This Version
YQ-7509-CO Bartz* - Henderson* - Connors* Bartz* - Henderson* - Connors* - Dance Of Magic (Live At Nemu Jazz Inn -1)(LP, Album) Cobblestone YQ-7509-CO Japan 1975 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz Ju Ju Man (Album) Catalyst Records (3) US 1976 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz Music Is My Sanctuary (Album) Capitol Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz Love Song (Album) Vee Jay International US 1977 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz Love Affair (Album) Capitol Records Canada 1978 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz Bartz (Album) Arista US 1980 Sell This Version
SCS1248 Gary Bartz Reflections On Monk - The Final Fronteer(LP, Album) SteepleChase SCS1248 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
CCD79506 Gary Bartz There Goes The Neighborhood!(CD, Album) Candid CCD79506 US 1991 Sell This Version
CD SJP 379 Gary Bartz Shadows(CD, Album) Timeless Records (3) CD SJP 379 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz The Red And Orange Poems (Album) Atlantic US 1994 Sell This Version
jazz chr70001 Gary Bartz Episode 1 Children Of Harlem(CD, Album) Challenge Records (3) jazz chr70001 USA & Canada 1994 Sell This Version
523268 Gary Bartz, Sonny Fortune Gary Bartz, Sonny Fortune - Alto Memories(CD) Verve Records 523268 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
7567828932 Gary Bartz The Blues Chronicles-Tales of life(CD, Album) Atlantic Jazz 7567828932 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
GBRLP004 Robert Walter With Gary Bartz Robert Walter With Gary Bartz - Spirit Of '70(LP, Album) Greyboy Records (2) GBRLP004 US 1996 Sell This Version
ED013-2 Gary Bartz, Jeanne Lee, Jorge Pardo Gary Bartz, Jeanne Lee, Jorge Pardo - Music For Ebbe: Live In San Sebastian(CD, Album) El Delirio ED013-2 Spain 1999 Sell This Version
CD 475 Jarek Śmietana* / Gary Bartz Jarek Śmietana* / Gary Bartz - African Lake(CD, Album) Starling CD 475 Poland 2000 Sell This Version
DG-548 Malachi Thompson & Africa Brass Featuring Gary Bartz And Billy Harper Malachi Thompson & Africa Brass Featuring Gary Bartz And Billy Harper - Blue Jazz(CD) Delmark Records DG-548 US 2003 Sell This Version
none Gary Bartz Coltrane Rules (Tao Of A Music Warrior)(CD) OYO Recordings none US 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Gary Bartz Love Ballad Capitol Records US 1977 Sell This Version