Gary Bartz

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born on 26/9/1940 in Baltimore, MD, United States

Gary Bartz

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Gary Bartz (born September 26, 1940) is an American jazz saxophonist.


Bartz studied at the Juilliard Conservatory of Music. In the early 1960s, he performed with Eric Dolphy and McCoy Tyner in Charles Mingus's Jazz Workshop. He worked as a sideman with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln before joining Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. In 1968 he was a member of McCoy Tyner's band Expansions. He recorded on Miles Davis's album Live-Evil. Then he formed the band Ntu Troop, which combined jazz, funk, and soul.[1]

Bartz was awarded the BNY Mellon Jazz 2015 Living Legacy Award, presented at a special ceremony at The Kennedy Center.[2]

In the liner notes to the album The Red and Orange Poems, jazz critic Stanley Crouch called Bartz "one of the very best who has ever picked up the instrument".


As leader

Year Album Label Personnel
1967 Libra Milestone Jimmy Owens, Albert Daily, Richard Davis, Billy Higgins
1968 Another Earth Milestone Charles Tolliver, Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Cowell, Reggie Workman, Freddie Waits
1969 Home! Milestone Woody Shaw, Albert Dailey, Bob Cunningham, Rashied Ali
1970 Harlem Bush Music - Taifa Milestone Nat Bettis, Andy Bey, Harold White
1971 Harlem Bush Music - Uhuru Milestone Ron Carter, Juini Booth, Nat Bettis, Andy Bey
1972 Juju Street Songs Prestige Stafford James, Harvey Mason
1972 Follow the Medicine Man Prestige Hector Centeno, Hubert Eaves III, Andy Bey
1973 I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies Prestige Stafford James, Howard King
1973 Singerella: A Ghetto Fairy Tale Prestige Hector Centeno, Howard King, Hubert Eaves III, James Benjamin, Kenneth Nash, Maynard Parker
1973 Altissimo Philips Charlie Mariano, Jackie McLean, Lee Konitz, Joachim Kühn, Han Bennink, Palle Danielsson
1975 The Shadow Do! Prestige[3] Hubert Eaves III, Michael Henderson, Reggie Lucas, James Mtume, Howard King
1976 Juju Man Catalyst Curtis Robertson, Howard King, Charles Mims, Syreeta
1977 Music Is My Sanctuary Capitol Syreeta Wright, Mizell Brothers
1978 Love Affair Capitol Wah Wah Watson, Dorothy Ashby, Welton Gite, Bill Summers, George Cables, Wade Marcus
1978 Love Song P-Vine George Cables, Curtis Robinson, Howard King, Rita Greene
1980 Bartz Arista Howard King, Hubert Eaves III
1988 Monsoon SteepleChase Butch Lacy, Billy Hart, Clint Houston
1988 Reflections of Monk: The Final Frontier Steeplechase Bob Butta, Geoff Harper, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson
1990 West 42nd Street (Live) Candid Claudio Roditi, John Hicks, Ray Drummond, Al Foster
1990 There Goes the Neighborhood (Live) Candid Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Ben Riley
1991 Shadows Timeless[4] Benny Green, Christian McBride, Victor Lewis, Willie Williams
1994 Episode One Children of Harlem Challenge Larry Willis, Ben Riley, Buster Williams
1994 Red & Orange Poems Atlantic Dave Holland, Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Henderson
1995 Alto Memories Verve[5] Sonny Fortune, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Jack DeJohnette
1996 Blues Chronicles: Tales of Life Atlantic Tom Williams, George Colligan, James King, Greg Bandy, Jon Hendricks, Cyrus Chestnut, Russell Malone, Dennis Chambers
1999 Live @ the Jazz Standard, Vol. 1: Soulstice OYO[6] Barney McAll, Greg Bandy, Kenny Davis
2001 The Montreal Concert (Live) DSM Peter Leitch
2003 Continuum Act One Space Time Jean Toussaint, Bill Mobley, Donald Brown, Essiet Essiet, Billy Kilson, Anga Diaz
2005 Soprano Stories OYO James King, Greg Bandy, George Cables, John Hicks
2012 Coltrane Rules: Tao of a Music Warrior OYO Barney McAll, Greg Bandy, James King

As sideman

With the Rance Allen Group

  • Say My Friend (1977)[7]

With Gene Ammons

  • Goodbye (Prestige, 1974)

With Roy Ayers

  • Stoned Soul Picnic (Atlantic, 1968)

With Cindy Blackman

  • The Oracle (Muse, 1995)

With Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

  • Soul Finger (Limelight, 1965) Bartz recording debut
  • Hold On, I'm Coming (Limelight, 1966) on one track left over from Soul Finger sessions

With Donald Brown

  • Sources of Inspiration (Muse, 1989)

With Kenny Burrell

  • Ellington Is Forever Volume Two (Fantasy, 1975)

With Donald Byrd

  • Stepping into Tomorrow (1974)
  • Caricatures (1976)

With Norman Connors

  • Invitation
  • Slewfoot
  • This is Your Life
  • Invitation
  • Love from the Sun
  • Dance of Magic: Live at the Nemu Jazz Inn
  • Romantic Journey
  • Saturday Night Special

With Miles Davis

  • The Cellar Door Sessions (1970)
  • Live-Evil
  • Bitches Brew Live (2011)
  • Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (2015)

With Ray Drummond

  • Vignettes (Arabesque, 1996)

With Antonio Hart

  • Don't You Know That I Care (1992)

With Louis Hayes

  • The Crawl (Candid, 1989)

With Phyllis Hyman

  • You Know How to Love Me
  • Phyllis Hyman
  • Can't We Fall in Love Again?

With Barney McAll

  • Release the Day (2001)

With Jackie McLean

With Grachan Moncur III

  • Exploration (2004)

With Alphonse Mouzon

  • Virtue (1976)

With Rare Silk

  • New Weave

With Max Roach

  • Members, Don't Git Weary (Atlantic, 1968)

With Pharoah Sanders

  • Deaf Dumb Blind (Summun Bukmun Umyun) (Impulse!, 1970)

With Woody Shaw

  • Blackstone Legacy (Contemporary, 1970)
  • For Sure! (Columbia, 1979)
  • United (Columbia, 1981)

With Sphere

  • Sphere (1987) – Verve

With Charles Tolliver

  • Paper Man (Freedom, 1968 [1975])

With Bob Thiele Collective

  • Lion Hearted (1993)

With McCoy Tyner

  • Expansions (1968)
  • Cosmos (1970)
  • Extensions (1970)
  • Asante (1970)
  • Sama Layuca (1974)
  • Focal Point (1976)
  • Looking Out (1982)
  • Dimensions (1984)
  • McCoy Tyner and the Latin All-Stars (1999)
  • Illuminations (2004)

With Robert Walter

  • Spirit of '70 (1996)

With Chip White

With John Lee & Gerry Brown

  • Infinite Jones with Chris Hinze (Keytone, 1974)


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Gary Bartz". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Native Baltimorean Gary Bartz to Receive 2015 Living Legacy Award," Baltimore Jazz Alliance
  3. ^ Allmusic The Shadow Do! review
  4. ^ Allmusic '"Shadows review
  5. ^ Allmusic Alto Memories entry
  6. ^ Allmusic review
  7. ^ Allmusic

External links

  • MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music
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