29 March 2008
NTU WITH GARY BARTZ - SINGERELLA
Gary Bartz for Prestige from 1973.
Gary Bartz-Synthesizer, Clarinet, Harmonica, Percussion, Harmonium, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Vocals;Hector Centeno-Guitar;Howard King-Drums;Hubert Eaves III-Piano, Clavinet;James Benjamin-Bass, Bass (Electric);Kenneth Nash-Percussion;Maynard Parker-Bass, Guitar
One for ish.
Dusty Groove says it like it is:
One of the last Gary Bartz albums for Prestige and a really unique session with a different feel than some of his earlier work! Gary's still got plenty of angular funk in his sound here thanks to some edgey keyboards from Hubert Eaves but he's also tightened things up a bit without smoothing them out cutting down on the longer jams in favor of a more focused approach, and singing himself on many cuts, taking on the quirky lyrical role that used to be held by Andy Bey! Bartz also produced the record himself, but Larry Mizell handled the final mix giving the record a slightly spacier Mizell-inflected groove, but one that's not as full as on other Bartz/Mizell collaborations. The vocals here are all pretty great, and the album's filled with oddly-grooving tunes that really have a heck of a lot of charm including the call-response track "Dozens", plus "I Don't Care", "Lady Love", "St Felix Street", "Nation Time", and "Blind Man".
Ripped from the original vinyl @320