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 King, Reggie Lucas (guitar), Mtume (percussion), and former Miles Davis sidemen Michael Henderson (bass).
August 10, 2022
Gentle Smiles (Saxy)
Make Me Feel Better
For My Baby
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