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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Gary Bartz - Soul Finger album art Art Blakey Art Blakey - Soul Finger (Album) Mercury, Mercury UK 1965 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Hold On, I'm Coming album art Art Blakey Art Blakey - Hold On, I'm Coming (Album) Limelight US 1966 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Members, Don't Git Weary album art Max Roach Max Roach - Members, Don't Git Weary (Album) Atlantic US 1968 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Libra album art Gary Bartz Quintet Gary Bartz Quintet - Libra (Album) Milestone (4) US 1968 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Stoned Soul Picnic album art Roy Ayers Roy Ayers - Stoned Soul Picnic (Album) Atlantic US 1968 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - A Shade Of Difference album art Helen Merrill Helen Merrill - A Shade Of Difference (Album) Milestone (4) US 1968 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Expansions album art McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner - Expansions (Album) Blue Note US 1969 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Another Earth album art Gary Bartz Gary Bartz - Another Earth (Album) Milestone (4) Japan 1969 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Summun Bukmun Umyun - Deaf Dumb Blind album art Pharoah Sanders Pharoah Sanders - Summun Bukmun Umyun - Deaf Dumb Blind (Album) Impulse!, ABC Records France 1970 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Home! album art Gary Bartz NTU Troop Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Home! (Album) Milestone (4) US 1970 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Charles Tolliver And His All Stars album art Charles Tolliver And His All Stars Charles Tolliver And His All Stars - Charles Tolliver And His All Stars (Album) Polydor, Black Lion Records Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Harlem Bush Music - Taifa album art Gary Bartz NTU Troop Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Harlem Bush Music - Taifa (Album) Milestone (4) US 1971 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Blackstone Legacy album art Woody Shaw Woody Shaw - Blackstone Legacy (Album) Contemporary Records Japan 1971 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Love Nature album art Terumasa Hino Quintet Terumasa Hino Quintet - Love Nature (Album) Canyon, Love Records (27) Japan 1971 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Harlem Bush Music - Uhuru album art Gary Bartz NTU Troop Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Harlem Bush Music - Uhuru (Album) Milestone (4) US 1971 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Live-Evil album art Miles Davis Miles Davis - Live-Evil (Album) Columbia Australia 1971 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Alkebu-Lan - Land Of The Blacks (Live At The East) album art Mtume Umoja Ensemble Mtume Umoja Ensemble - Alkebu-Lan - Land Of The Blacks (Live At The East) (Album) Strata-East US 1972 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Juju Street Songs album art Gary Bartz NTU Troop Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Juju Street Songs (Album) Prestige US 1972 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - The Best Of Pharoah Sanders album art Pharoah Sanders Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord Pharoah Sanders - The Best Of Pharoah Sanders (Comp) Impulse!, ABC Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Dance Of Magic album art Norman Connors Norman Connors - Dance Of Magic (Album) Cobblestone Italy 1972 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - It's Nation Time - African Visionary Music album art Imamu Amiri Baraka* Peace In Place and 8 more… Imamu Amiri Baraka* - It's Nation Time - African Visionary Music (Album) Black Forum, Motown US 1972 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Hold That Plane! album art Buddy Guy Buddy Guy - Hold That Plane! (Album) Vanguard UK 1972 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Extensions album art McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner - Extensions (Album) Blue Note Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Altissimo album art Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, Jackie McLean Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, Jackie McLean - Altissimo (Album) Philips Japan 1973 Sell This Version
Gary Bartz - Ode To Super album art Jackie McLean Featuring Gary Bartz Jackie McLean Featuring Gary Bartz - Ode To Super (Album) SteepleChase Denmark 1973 Sell This Version

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ruderoy123

September 25, 2017
edited over 2 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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