Harlem Bush Music

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Harlem Bush Music combines two Gary Bartz Ntu Troop albums recorded in November of 1970 and January of 1971. The title itself shows that soprano/alto Bartz and singer Andy Bey were moving toward a more expansive format to explore black consciousness within the realm of jazz. The small-group arrangements spin out long grooves on "Rise" and "People Dance" while smooth vocalist Bey adds a steady lyrical mix that weaves in and out of the music. Bass and percussion add a heavy rhythmic effect to "Drinking Song" and "Vietcong," pushing both pieces steadily forward. The overall sound of Harlem Bush Music is evocative, if unusual, but occasionally becomes stagnant -- as with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Harlem Bush Music combines two Gary Bartz Ntu Troop albums recorded in November of 1970 and January of 1971. The title itself shows that soprano/alto Bartz and singer Andy Bey were moving toward a more expansive format to explore black consciousness within the realm of jazz. The small-group arrangements spin out long grooves on "Rise" and "People Dance" while smooth vocalist Bey adds a steady lyrical mix that weaves in and out of the music. Bass and percussion add a heavy rhythmic effect to "Drinking Song" and "Vietcong," pushing both pieces steadily forward. The overall sound of Harlem Bush Music is evocative, if unusual, but occasionally becomes stagnant -- as with the ten-minute "People Dance" -- without melodic variation. There are lots of surprises, though. Bartz's narratives in "Parted" and "A Warrior's Song" combined with bursts of music will seem dated but nonetheless intriguing, while "Blue A Folk Tale" shifts intriguingly over its 18-minute length. How one finally looks at Harlem Bush Music -- is it music, politics, or something in between -- matters less than understanding the time and place that it was made. And whether one ultimately finds these efforts by the Gary Bartz Ntu Troop satisfying or tiring matters less than appreciating the adventurous spirit that went into making them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218471121
  • Catalog Number: 47101
  • Sales rank: 179,421

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rise (5:28)
  2. 2 People Dance (10:35)
  3. 3 Drinking Song (5:17)
  4. 4 Taifa (4:21)
  5. 5 Parted (2:04)
  6. 6 The Warriors' Song (6:09)
  7. 7 Blue (A Folk Tale) (18:05)
  8. 8 Uhuru Sasa (6:48)
  9. 9 Vietcong (5:16)
  10. 10 Celestial Blues (7:34)
  11. 11 The Planets (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Bartz Ntu Troop Primary Artist
Gary Bartz Indexed Contributor, Piano, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals, Narrator, Spoken Word
Andy Bey Vocals
Ron Carter Double Bass
Nat Bettis Percussion
Joony Booth Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Harold White Drums
Nat Bettis Percussion
Technical Credits
Andy Bey Composer
Gary Bartz Composer
Elvin Campbell Engineer
Hakim Jami Composer
Orrin Keepnews Liner Notes, Audio Production
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Paul Lawrence Dunbar Composer
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