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Gary Bartz NTU Troop: Live in Bremen 1975 (CD: Moosicus, 2 CDs)Gary Bartz NTU Troop: Live in Bremen 1975 (CD: Moosicus, 2 CDs)
The musical life of the American jazz saxophonist Gary Bartz is busy and eventful. The eighty-year-old American Bartz jammed with Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Pharoah Sanders at a young age. In 1965 he became a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. In 1970 Bartz joined the Miles Davis Band, played with Davis at the Isle Of Wight - Festival and on his studio/live album "Live Evil".

In 1972 Gary Bartz founded his own band, NTU Troop. He borrowed the name from the Bantu language. Bartz: "Ntu means unity in all things, in time and space, life and death, in the visible and the invisible. Musically, it stands for an alliance of bop, free, rock and African music." On 8th November 1975, Gary Bartz performed with the NTU Troop in Bremen's Post-Aula. Radio Bremen was there and now the recording is being released physically and digitally on Moosicus. Gary Bartz was joined on stage by drummer Howard King, bassist Curtis Robertson and pianist Charles Mims, an extraordinary, musically brilliant quartet that was well-rehearsed and coordinated. Unfortunately, it was short-lived, because quite soon after this performance, the NTU Troop went their separate ways again.

King, Robertson and Mims went on to work with Roberta Flack, Lou Rawls and Patrice Rushen, among others, while Bartz continued his solo career with such major labels as Capitol Records and Arista. For Gary Bartz, jazz is "improvised composing", which can be heard on this live album recorded 46 years ago. (Proper Music) 


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Gary Bartz Quintet: West 42nd Street (CD: Candid)
 


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Gary Bartz Quintet: West 42nd Street (CD: Candid)


Heads Of State: Four In One (CD: Smoke Sessions)Heads Of State: Four In One (CD: Smoke Sessions)
 


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Heads Of State: Search For Peace (CD: Smoke Sessions)
Heads of State, featuring four of the most respected and admired jazz artists of our time, releases its first recording Search for Peace. A band over 50 years in the making, Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Buster Williams, and Al Foster had performed together countless times in different combinations and contexts over their storied careers, but it wasn t until September 2014 that they appeared as a quartet. The occasion that night was a tribute to McCoy Tyner, and the results were so inspired and the response so overwhelming that they knew right away they had something worth keeping. As pianist Larry Willis puts it, I don t think there are any bands that are doing quite what we re doing right now. Now, their unique chemistry and musicianship is documented on Search for Peace.

The album features selections by John Coltrane (Impressions ), Jackie McLean ( Capuchin Swing ), Benny Carter ( Summer Serenade ), Billy Strayhorn ( Lotus Blossom ) and, of course, the moving title track by Tyner ( Search for Peace ). Gary Bartz contributes two compositions ( Uncle Bubba which Gary performed with McCoy and Soulstice ) and there are two standards ( Crazy She Calls Me and I Wish I Knew which Tyner famously recorded with Coltrane). It is a well-chosen and balanced set, but the selections are somewhat beside the point; this all-star quartet makes everything sound like magic. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Heads Of State: Search For Peace (CD: Smoke Sessions)


Al Foster: Inspirations & Dedications (CD: Smoke Sessions)Al Foster: Inspirations & Dedications (CD: Smoke Sessions)
Inspiration comes from many sources. For legendary drummer Al Foster, it stems from the two groups of people who are closest to him: the jazz giants hes been honored to play with (and who, though hed be the last to admit it, have been blessed to work with him); and, first and foremost, his family.

On this rare new recording as a leader, "Inspirations & Dedications," Foster writes compositions as gifts to his wife, children, grandchildren, colleagues, and even himself. A moving album, it is bookended by a pair of classics by two of the jazz icons with whom the drummer has worked extensively: Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. And, each piece comes vividly to life through Fosters stellar quintet: trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, saxophonist Dayna Stephens, pianist Adam Birnbaum, and longtime bassist (and dedicatee) Doug Weiss. (Proper Music) 


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