Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Gary Bartz - Follow, The Medicine Man

During the seventies, one of the leading musicians of the soul-jazz scene was saxophonist Gary Bartz. Along with his backing group NTU Troop, he released classic jazz-funk records like Juju Street Songs, Harlem Bush Music (Uhuru & Taifa), Singerella, I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies, as well as this post's feature recording in Follow, The Medicine Man. With this 1973 release, Bartz and co. blend together their brand of funky jazz grooves with African folk and early fusion influences which resulted in a number of great tracks like Sifa Zote, Whasaname, Dr. Follow's Dance, Standin' On The Corner and others. The album notably features Andy Bey on lead vocals and electric piano, as well as bassist Stafford James and drummer Howard King. Overall, another brilliant masterpiece from Gary Bartz proving once again that he was at the forefront of the best music to come out of the seventies soul-jazz scene.

Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Standin' On The Corner

Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Dr. Follow's Dance

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