This classic gem from saxophonist and vocalist Gary Bartz delivers a euphoric and supremely funky sonic voyage. Produced by the pioneering sibling duo of Larry and Alphonso “Fonce” Mizell—whose frequently-sampled work shaped the sound of ’70s jazz and R&B—The Shadow Do! finds Bartz at his finest, as he delivers a joyful collection of songs, including the expansive opening track, “Winding Roads,” the electrifying “Mother Nature,” the blissful “Love Tones,” and the supremely smooth “Gentle Smiles (Saxy),” which ’90s hip-hop fans may recognize from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Butter.” In addition to many outstanding sax performances by Bartz (plus synths and multi-layered backing vocals by the Mizel brothers), the album features an all-star cast of musicians, including keyboardist Hubert Eaves, drummer Howard KingReggie Lucas (guitar), Mtume (percussion), and former Miles Davis sidemen Michael Henderson (bass).

Gary Bartz – The Shadow Do!

Release Date:
August 10, 2022

Side A

Winding Roads
Mother Nature
Love Tones
Gentle Smiles (Saxy)

Side B

Make Me Feel Better
Sea Gypsy
For My Baby


Backing Vocals – Larry And Fonce Mizell*
Bass – Michael Henderson
Congas, Percussion – Mtume*
Drums, Synthesizer – Howard King
Engineer [Fantasy] – Eddie Bill Harris
Engineer [Sound Factory] – Jim NiparVal Christian Garay*
Guitar – Reggie Lucas
Lacquer Cut By, Mastered By – Kevin Gray
Photography – Vicki Bartz
Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer – Hubert Eaves*
Saxophone [Alto, Soprano], Synthesizer, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Co-producer, Other [Cover Concept, Title] – Gary Bartz
Synthesizer – Larry Mizell