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  • Audio CD (1 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00784653M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gary Bartz is one of jazz' foremost alto saxophone & soprano saxophone virtuosos and this is one of his most exciting groups: a quartet rounded out by the fabulous piano stylings of Barney McCall, and anchored by the solid rhythm duo of the first-rate James King on bass and Greg Bandy's propulsive drumming polyrhythms. Special guests are vocalist Andy Bey and Rene McLean on flute performing on an emotional "Dear Lord" and a vocal quartet that does "The Song of Loving/Kindness" both touching on the spiritual side of John Coltrane's musical personality. The recording is framed at the beginning and end with a short, elegant, and effective slice of Coltrane's lovely composition "After the Rain" with Bartz overdubbed beautifully on alto, soprano sax, and bass clarinet. The 'modal' take on a 14 minute "I Concentrate on You" results in a sensational performance by all hands, with great solos by Bartz on both alto & soprano saxes and by McCall. The other excellent performances are a joyful "Nita" that swings mightily. Bartz uses two highly effective conjunctions: the exotic convergence of "Dahomey Dance/Tunji" gets a great ride with Bartz digging deep into the modal arc; and the combined beauty of the ballad 'Vilia" and the hard-swinging modal "Ole". "BirdTrane" has a scorching Bartz alto solo based on the bop-ish theme. This is no Coltrane imitation recording though Bartz unabashedly reveals his Trane roots, but with his own well-known 'take-no-prisoners' captivating solo style and ideas. This is as much a tribute to McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones who all shaped Trane's initial groundbreaking soundscapes, as it is to Coltrane himself, who continues to have a major impact on the trajectory of jazz music.Read more ›
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It's been a few years since Bartz recorded the excellent "Soprano Stories" but with limited distribution it sadly came and went without fanfare. However, there seems to be much more of a concerted effort to get this album out to the people and thank god for it.
This album is not a Coltrane tribute per se - you won't find Giant Steps, Blue Train, Lazy bird etc but the music definitely is in the spirit of the great man which is what really counts here.
Bartz is now a seasoned performer approaching the veteran stage and his worldly experience is heard in every single note of this album. Free from heavy production values Bartz's tone is harder,more aggresive and with a greater degree of spirituality than previously heard on record.
None more so than on "I concentrate on you" where he preaches a sermon of deep spirituality and feeling. Bop is not abandoned altogether with the nifty "Birdtrane" and "Pristine" reminding you of an earlier Coltrane that many tend to overlook.Former collaborator from the seventies Andy Bey makes a vocal appearnace on "Dear Lord" but for me the pick of the album is "Dahomy Dance/Ole'" which transforms itself from gentle ballad to Latin flavoured Spiritual with masterful ease.
Bartz is definitely back and long may he continue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GARY BARTZ, HIS QUARTET & GUESTS: EXCELLENT, JOYOUS PERFORMANCES IN THE COLTRANE TRADITION 25 Nov. 2012
By RBSProds - Published on Amazon.com
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Gary Bartz is one of jazz' foremost alto saxophone & soprano saxophone virtuosos and this is one of his most exciting groups: a quartet rounded out by the fabulous piano stylings of Barney McCall, and anchored by the solid rhythm duo of the first-rate James King on bass and Greg Bandy's propulsive drumming polyrhythms. Special guests are vocalist Andy Bey and Rene McLean on flute performing on an emotional "Dear Lord" and a vocal quartet that does "The Song of Loving/Kindness" both touching on the spiritual side of John Coltrane's musical personality. The recording is framed at the beginning and end with a short, elegant, and effective slice of Coltrane's lovely composition "After the Rain" with Bartz' solo overdubbed beautifully on alto, soprano sax, and bass clarinet. The 'modal' take on a 14 minute "I Concentrate on You" results in a sensational performance by all hands, with great solos by Bartz first on alto & then soprano saxes and by McCall with excellent drum/bass work underneath. Among the other excellent performances are a joyful "Nita" that swings mightily. Bartz uses two highly effective conjunctions: the exotic convergence of "Dahomey Dance" and "Tunji" gets a great ride with Bartz digging deep into his chosen modal arc; and the combined beauty of the ballad 'Vilia" and the hard-swinging modal "Ole". "BirdTrane" has a scorching Bartz alto solo based on the bop-ish theme. This is no Coltrane imitation recording though Bartz unabashedly reveals his Trane roots, but with his own well-known 'take-no-prisoners' captivating solo style and ideas. This is as much a tribute to McCoy Tyner, Jmmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones who all helped shape Trane's initial groundbreaking soundscapes, as it is to Coltrane (listen again to the excellent "I Concentrate on You" teamwork herein). John Coltrane, 45 years after his passing, continues to exert a major impact on the trajectory of jazz music. This generous hour-plus set proves once again that the masterful Gary Bartz, 5 decades into his own career, is as amazing and vital a musician, leader, soloist, and conceptualist as ever and it gets My Highest Recommendation. "Who's that Swing?", indeed! 5 EXCELLENT Stars. (11 tracks; Time 74 minutes: 53 seconds)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Bartz channels John Coltrane 16 Sept. 2012
By D_Baggy - Published on Amazon.com
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Gary Bartz is one of the best saxophone players on the planet! His playing on this album is excellent. His love for and appreciation of John Coltrane are evident. As an alto player, he does a better job of honoring JC than most tenor players (except Pharaoh Sanders). His accompanists are outstanding. Really good.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bounds of a Warrior 14 Mar. 2014
By DaveT - Published on Amazon.com
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"Tao" says it all regarding this performance. If there are rules they are pushing the boundaries. The tension of a warrior is there, but there is a calming presentation of the music. Bartz makes Coltrane palatable. He steps up to the edge of the precipice without going over the edge. Coltrane must smile at this presentation
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bartz is BACK 23 April 2014
By jarvy - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best old hands at the saxophone comes forward with a hardcore, straighftforward jazz record in some ways. The instrumentation is creative in the way Bartz chooses to voice his solos. As a whole, the album always makes me smile, I don't really have favorite tracks or slow passages. It's all good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Bartz the Survivor 7 Jun. 2016
By Dave 'Doctor' Pepper - Published on Amazon.com
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Gary Bartz is one of the few survivors from the Free Jazz period of the 1960's and he is still in fine form. I saw him play at the Melbourne Jazz Festival with this group a week ago and he was magnificent.
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