Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Gary Bartz NTU Troop “Follow, The Medicine Man”

Gary Bartz NTU Troop

Follow, The Medicine Man
( LP Prestige Records, 1973 )
Catalog # PR 10068

A1 Sifa Zote (7:50)
A2 Whasaname (7:23)
A3 Betcha By Golly, Wow (4:47)
B1 Dr Follow’s Dance (2:37)
B2 Standin’ On The Corner (2:57)
B3 Etoiles Des Neiges (8:40)
B4 Sing Me A Song Today (7:02)

Personnel & Credits:
Electric Piano – Andy Bey (tracks: A1, A2, A3, B3, B4)
Electric Piano – Hubert Eaves (tracks: B1, B2)
Guitar – Hector Centeno (tracks: B1, B2)
Soprano Sax, Sopranino, Alto Sax, Voice – Gary Bartz
Electric Piano Percussion – Gary Bartz
Vocals – Gary Bartz (tracks: B2)
Vocals, Percussion – Andy Bey

Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California: October 1972.
Engineer: Jim Stern , B1 and B2 recorded at CI Recording, New York City: June 1973.
Engineer: Chuck Irwin
Album art and design: Ron Warwell

Gary Bartz’s Ntu Troop played an interesting brand of music, mixing together the influences of the avant-garde, hard bop, African folk songs and early fusion and funk. This album features Bartz (on alto, soprano and sopranino) with singer/keyboardist Andy Bey, bassist Stafford James and drummer Howard King; two songs have Hubert Eaves in Bey’s place and add guitarist Hector Centeno. The emphasis is mostly on group originals, plus the pop tune “Betcha by Golly, Wow,” and is generally atmospheric and (with its dated electronics) very much of the period, but it still sounds good.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

By Celo

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