Gary Bartz

Real Name:
Gary Lee Bartz
Profile:
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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MSP 9018 Gary Bartz - Another Earth album art Gary Bartz Another Earth (Album) Milestone (4) MSP 9018 US 1969 Sell This Version
BLP 30.117 Gary Bartz - Charles Tolliver And His All Stars album art 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
SCS-1009 Gary Bartz - Ode To Super album art Jackie McLean Featuring Gary Bartz Jackie McLean Featuring Gary Bartz - Ode To Super (Album) SteepleChase SCS-1009 Denmark 1973 Sell This Version
RJ-5102 Gary Bartz - Altissimo album art Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, Jackie McLean Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, Jackie McLean - Altissimo (Album) Philips RJ-5102 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
KT 444.056 Gary Bartz - Infinite Jones album art John Lee (3) / Gerry Brown Featuring: Chris Hinze & Gary Bartz John Lee (3) / Gerry Brown Featuring: Chris Hinze & Gary Bartz - Infinite Jones (Album) Keytone KT 444.056 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
P-10092 Gary Bartz - The Shadow Do album art Gary Bartz The Shadow Do (Album) Prestige P-10092 US 1975 Sell This Version
YQ-7509-CO Gary Bartz - Dance Of Magic (Live At Nemu Jazz Inn -1) album art 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
CAT-7610 Gary Bartz - Ju Ju Man album art Gary Bartz Ju Ju Man (Album) Catalyst Records (3) CAT-7610 US 1976 Sell This Version
VJS 3068 Gary Bartz - Love Song album art Gary Bartz Love Song (Album) Vee Jay International VJS 3068 US 1977 Sell This Version
ECS-80987 Gary Bartz - Music Is My Sanctuary album art Gary Bartz Music Is My Sanctuary (Album) Capitol Records ECS-80987 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
SW-11789 Gary Bartz - Love Affair album art Gary Bartz Love Affair (Album) Capitol Records SW-11789 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
AB 4263 Gary Bartz - Bartz album art Gary Bartz Bartz (Album) Arista AB 4263 US 1980 Sell This Version
SCCD 31248 Gary Bartz - Reflections On Monk - The Final Fronteer album art Gary Bartz Reflections On Monk - The Final Fronteer (Album) SteepleChase SCCD 31248 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
CCD79506 Gary Bartz - There Goes The Neighborhood! album art Gary Bartz There Goes The Neighborhood! (Album) Candid CCD79506 US 1991 Sell This Version
ALCR-243 Gary Bartz - Shadows album art Gary Bartz Shadows (Album) Timeless Records (3) ALCR-243 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
MS 56942 Gary Bartz - Precious Energy album art Leon Thomas & Gary Bartz Leon Thomas & Gary Bartz - Precious Energy (Album) Mapleshade Records MS 56942 USA & Canada 1993 Sell This Version
93302 Gary Bartz - Dreamsville album art Richie Vitale Quintet* Featuring Gary Bartz Richie Vitale Quintet* Featuring Gary Bartz - Dreamsville(CD, Album) TCB Records (2) 93302 Switzerland 1993 Sell This Version
POCJ-1212 Gary Bartz - Alto Memories album art Gary Bartz, Sonny Fortune Gary Bartz, Sonny Fortune - Alto Memories (Album) Verve Records POCJ-1212 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
7567-82720-2 Gary Bartz - The Red And Orange Poems album art Gary Bartz The Red And Orange Poems (Album, Comp) Atlantic Jazz 7567-82720-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
CHR 70001 Gary Bartz - Episode 1 Children Of Harlem album art Gary Bartz Episode 1 Children Of Harlem(CD, Album) Challenge Jazz CHR 70001 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
02132 Gary Bartz - Afterglow album art Kendra Shank With The Larry Willis Quartet Plus Gary Bartz Kendra Shank With The Larry Willis Quartet Plus Gary Bartz - Afterglow(CD, Album) Mapleshade Records 02132 US 1994 Sell This Version
7567828932 Gary Bartz - The Blues Chronicles - Tales Of Life album art Gary Bartz The Blues Chronicles - Tales Of Life (Album) Atlantic 7567828932 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
GBRCD004 Gary Bartz - Spirit Of '70 album art Robert Walter With Gary Bartz Robert Walter With Gary Bartz - Spirit Of '70 (Album) Greyboy Records GBRCD004 US 1996 Sell This Version
ED013-2 Gary Bartz - Music For Ebbe: Live In San Sebastian album art 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 Gary Bartz - African Lake album art Jarek Śmietana* / Gary Bartz Jarek Śmietana* / Gary Bartz - African Lake (Album) Starling CD 475 Poland 2000 Sell This Version

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ruderoy123

ruderoy123

September 25, 2017
edited over 3 years ago
Gary Bartz work is so underrated that it should be criminalized anyone not to playing or listening to his music especially the Gary Bartz NTU Troop albums with Andy Bey. Gary Bartz should be labeled with the greats like Wayne Shorter or Joe Henderson, he probably got over looked because he did not record on Blue Note or Impulse. His body of work is impressive and must not be ignored by any serious Jazz lover especially of the saxophone.

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