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gary bartz

The resurrgence of Bartz, an alto and soprano saxophonist who made his mark three decades ago, is cause for celebration. On this intriguing concept project, loosely detailing the disparate influences of a jazzman, Bartz displays scope and still-intact razor-sharp chops. At times, he takes on funk, rap, and reggae with polish, but when he digs into more suitable jazz and blues modes, the soul of a modern master is truly revealed.
— -- Steve Futterman, Entertainment Weekly

Bartz graduated from the Baltimore City College high school and the Juilliard School; his break into the music industry came when filling in with Art Blakey's band at his father's club in Baltimore.

Bartz has played with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, and Jackie McLean. His group, the Ntu Troop, combined soul, funk,African music, hard bop, and avant-garde jazz.

In liner notes to his album released in 1995, The Red and Orange Poems, Bartz was described by jazz critic Stanley Crouch as "one of the very best who has ever picked up the instrument". He has recorded more than 40 solo albums and over 200 as a guest artist. He won a Grammy Awardin 2005 for his playing on McCoy Tyner's album Illuminations.

He currently teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, when not touring.