GARY BARTZ — Gary Bartz & Maisha : Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions

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Album · 2020

Filed under Fusion
By GARY BARTZ

Tracklist

A1 Harlem - Haarlem 8:25
A2 The Stank 7:35
B1 Leta's Dance 8:44
B2 Uhuru Sasa 3:24
B3 Dr Follows Dance 7:13

Line-up/Musicians

Gary Bartz: saxophone, alto;
Jake Long: drums;
Shirley Tetteh: guitar, electric;
Al Macsween: keyboard;
Twm Dylan: bass, electric;
Axel Kaner-Lidstrom: trumpet;
Tim Doyle: percussion

About this release

Night Dreamer ‎– ND007 (UK)

Cut direct-to-disc on Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th October 2019 at Artone Studio, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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snobb
Sax player Gary Bartz was a celebrity of sorts half-a-century ago when he played on the forefront of the then young American fusion and post bop scene. Seasoned veteran doesn't record too often but still is active today.

Maisha is a fashionable British African fusion band, playing relaxed and sunny-bright music around burgeoning London scenes. Combination of the two is presented on "Night Dreamer" - vinyl-size long album, recorded in 'popular in 80's' direct-to-disc techniques in Dutch Haarlem (not American Harlem).

Starting from the opener, "Harlem - Haarlem", the listener can enjoy the usual Maisha sound, just less relaxed, better framed and more energized. Or - Bartz's fusion, made from Maisha's African influenced jazz. To be honest, "Maisha featuring Gary Bartz" would be a better tag to this album than tagging it as Gary Bartz's album as leader as the album is currently titled.

The sound is great, Bartz sounds warm and soulful and the music is positive and comfortable in general, but quite soon one can feel like you are listening to just one long song. Repetitive rhythms with no striking tempo, rhythm or tonal changes make this short album sound a bit like a long live jam without any specific direction. Some short pieces can be accepted as nice examples of modern revitalization of fusion from the early 70s, but unfortunately, in full it doesn't work as well.

Here we have two great artists coming together to sound much like musical wall paper, it isn't what one would expect from such a collaboration.

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