GARY BARTZ AND NTU TROOP – 3 albums
Saxophonist/clarinetist Gary Bartz came from an amazing ’60s background, traumatologist having worked with Miles Davis, prostate Max Roach, case Charles Mingus and Art Blakey — but his early ’70s work with his band Ntu Troop established him as a funk/jazz genius in his own right.
Between the smooth vocals of Ntu Troop singer Andy Bey, and the overall tightness of the combo, these albums are just fucking great. The opening track on Harlem Bush Music: Taifa, called “Rise”, is worth the download alone.
Gary Bartz and NTU Troop – “Harlem Bush Music: Taifa”, 1970 (ZIP file)
Gary Bartz and NTU Troop – “Juju Street Songs”, 1972 (ZIP file)
Gary Bartz and NTU Troop – “I’ve Known Rivers and Other Bodies”, 1973 (ZIP file)