Saturday, July 16, 2016

Gary Bartz "The Shadow Do!" 1975



Saxophonist and clarenitist Gary Bartz released this LP in 1975, and it's a fantastic album full of slick funky soul jazz, some of the tracks even includes vocal. The music has a nice space and the sound is crispy and clear, Larry Mizell made such a great production with the record, and he include a buch of arty young players of synthesizer too. On this hip record Bartz working with musicians like Reggie Lucas, Michael Henderson, Mtume, Hubert Eaves and Howard King. Some of the tunes are typical of it's time and are flirting with fusion, AOR and even smart disco. Sadly this album only has been reissued in Japan, and it's long out of print. Too bad, cause this is such a groovy and "adult" affair. 

Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. You continue to amaze me with your rare and unusual finds. Many thanks for what is clearly a labor of groovy love.

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  2. You continue to amaze me with your rare and unusual finds. Many thanks for what is clearly a labor of groovy love.

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  3. Thank you, Aaron. Jazz in the 70s started to change for me. I couldn't understand fusion and the use of electronics in place of acoustics and it seemed to me that the cool had been removed.
    I gave this album a good listen and found it easier to understand and rather than free bop all over the place the groove remained throughout. I don't know where you find all the records you share but I thank you for your hard work. Please keep it up.

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  4. Gee, thanks Aaron!
    Great stuff, excellent blog.
    Cheers,
    Glen

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