Gary Bartz ‘Jazz is Dead’ album released

The latest artist in the series following Roy Ayers, Marcos Valle and more.

Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have released the sixth instalment of their Jazz is Dead series, starring saxophonist Gary Bartz.

Younge and Muhammad’s Jazz is Dead project features new recordings by veterans of the genre. Roy Ayers, Doug Carn and Marcos Valle were some of the artists involved in the previous five releases.

JID006 captures Bartz’s lifelong interest in bebop, spiritual jazz, acid jazz and funk. It makes for a diverse album—the lively “Black and Brown” strikes a contrast to the introspection on “The Message,” while “Blue Jungles” flirts with a touch of funk.

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“Working with Gary Bartz epitomizes the ethos behind Jazz is Dead,” Younge said in a statement. “He’s a luminary that has contributed so much to music culture, for decades. His musical ability is expanding with age and we’re honored to be a part of his world.”

Throughout his career, Bartz performed with Miles Davis, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and joined McCoy Tyner’s band Expansions whilst maintaining a steady stream of album releases under his own name.

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