29 March 2008


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


bacoso said...


Dr. Johnny said...

Lovin' the Gary Bartz!!! Your blog is one of my faves. Keep up the good work!!!

Ross said...


Love the Dozens track on this. I have always wished that andy bey was still doing vocals for him on all of these albums. That was a potent combination.

Simon666 said...

Thanks for this bacoso.

I also wanted to point you to a mix i thought you might like - just going on the great mix you did a few weeks ago at el reza - anyway try this :

ish said...

And it's not even my birthday. Thanks so much for this Bacoso!

a mind with no ceiling said...

That's one I have been looking for-thanks a lot!

catacaldos said...

Killing me softly with your blog.
Thanx for the shares

colinb said...

Great post-many thanks.
Any chance of you posting the coconuts crew music or the carioca jap cd pleae

anyathar said...

i consider myself a fan of gary bartz, but having never heard of this one, i admit i was truly stunned at seeing the cover of an unknown (for me, anyway) bartz ntu album, as i scrolled on below the already amazing strata east posts... you never cease to amaze bacoso! thanks for this post!!!

E-mile said...

I'm listening to this -yet- until now, it's so good I have to say somethin: prob. the first 100% first grader i've heard inna while.
NICE! thanks, exceptionally yours,
E-mile :-)

V Mack said...

that dozens track is hilarious. And did anybody else notice notice that the girl on the cover on the left has HUGE feet?

db said...

great music!
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misha said...


valdez said...

Love Andy Bey...thanks

GeeeFlat said...

Thanks very much for this, Bacoso. This is a great Rip, and I believe this is the only Mizell production I haven't got on record (except their university stuff... ;) ) I need too find the joint! :)

Brilliant post. thanks again.