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  • Audio CD (27 Jan. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000003L99
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rise
  2. People Dance
  3. Du
  4. Drinking Song
  5. Taifa
  6. Parted
  7. The Warrior's Song
  8. Blue
  9. Uhuru Sasa
  10. Vietcong
  11. Celestial Blues
  12. The Planets

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Got hold of this primarily for 'celestial blues' but found the rest of the album to be jam-packed with jazzy goodness. It took four listening's before it really clicked but when it got me, I was moved. A killer album.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cfad468) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x9cec1990) out of 5 stars Magical and Marvelous! 14 May 2015
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I got turned onto the music of Gary Bartz only a few years ago, but I'm at the point now where I'll buy almost anything I can find by him. Not sure what it is that appeals to me so much, for I'm certainly not an avid jazz buff, but there is just something about the way that Bartz plays the sax, and the free-spirited nature of his compositions, that clicks with me. Far from mellow jazz tunes., there is a definite improvisational edge to most of these pieces, yet the music is never so far "out there" that it becomes annoying. Sometimes I hear the vibe of a vintage Gil-Scott Heron recording, or a dash of the Last Poets (when Bartz contributes the occasional vocal to that of Andy Bey), and other times in the instrumental passages there are echoes of Coltrane. This music is daring and challenging, but also very satisfying.

This CD of "Harlem Bush Music" was originally two separate studio albums: 1970's "Harlem Bush Music: Taifa" and 1971's "Harlem Bush Music: Uhuru". If you check the Bartz listings on Amazon you will see yet another listing for "Harlem Bush Music" that is on the Milestone label. That CD is listed as having 11 tracks, but this one from BGP has 12 track, the extra song on here being "Du (Rain)." The liner notes by Orin Keepnews that come with this CD explain a bit further about the two albums, calling the second album "a companion piece" to the first volume. "This does not mean that this is a follow-up, a batch of leftovers, a sequel, or a volume 2. It is simply a continuation of a body of musical messages."

And there are indeed some messages with depth and substance within these songs. As Keepnews writes in the original liner notes to the first album: "Music is far more than a form of entertainment. It has magical, religious, and social significance as a method of communication ... each song has a message, even beyond that which is apparent in the lyrics."

While Bartz is the main focus on sax, an extra added treat is the legendary, but yet still underrated, Andy Bey on vocals. Their styles mesh well together, and the result borders on magical. Very, very interesting albums!
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HASH(0x9d04c0d8) out of 5 stars Lost In The Bush 28 Sept. 2001
By Thomas S. Lindberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It would be helpful if I could sample this album because It's been 30 or more years since I've heard it, but if memory serves me, "Harlem Bush Music" is one of Gary Bartz's best works. Jazz albums like this are almost impossible to find in my neck of the woods as record stores do not cater to listeners of my generation!
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