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Shadows [Gary Bartz]

  • 1. Marion's Theme
    2. Shadows
    3. Song of the Underground Railroad
    4. Peresina
    5. How Do You Keep the Music Playing
    6. Children of the Night
    7. Holiday For Springs
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 103

  • Credits

    Personnel: Gary Bartz (alto & soprano saxophones), William Williams (tenor saxophone), Benny Green (piano), Christian McBride (bass), Victor Lewis (drums).
    Veteran alto and soprano saxophonist Gary Bartz's debut recording for the Dutch Timeless label is one of his finest efforts as he enlisted the services of pianist Benny Green, bassist Christian McBride, drummer Victor Lewis, and tenor saxophonist Willie Williams on three selections to perform an unusual program of one Bartz composition, three jazz classics, two movie themes, and one radio theme. Bartz's strong tone, sense of swing, and improvisational imagination place him within the ranks of jazz's finest saxophonists, and he proves it throughout this recording. Favorites include the title track, which is actually two Bartz compositions, one medium, one up, joined by an excellent McBride bass solo; John Coltrane's "Song of the Underground Railroad," performed up-tempo, in the spirit of Coltrane all the way down to a blistering sax-drums duet; McCoy Tyner's "Peresina," a medium Afro-Latin number with the melody played by the not-heard-enough combination of tenor and alto sax; and Wayne Shorter's "Children of the Night" where the melody is played over a hip groove by McBride and Lewis and features one of the best Bartz solos on record. McBride, who just had turned 19 at the time of this recording, displays a huge tone, solid time, and the improvisational ability of a more experienced musician, while Lewis' dynamic drumming lays down a solid foundation along with McBride's bass, serving as the catalyst for the excellence of this recording. Shadows is an excellent addition to Bartz's extensive discography. ~ Greg Turner

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (8/93, p.40) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...Somewhere between Jackie McLean and Bobby Watson lies Gary Bartz, a somewhat forgotten man from the '70s who has come back strongly to stake his claim in the '90s with this impassioned disc..."
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