Steve Futterman
July 26, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Blues Chronicles: Tales of Life

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Gary Bartz
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A-

The resurgence of Gary Bartz, an alto and soprano saxophonist who made his mark three decades ago, is cause for celebration. On The Blues Chronicles: Tales of Life, an intriguing concept project loosely detailing the disparate influences of a jazzman, Bartz displays scope and still-intact razor-sharp chops. At times, he takes on funk, rap, and reggae with polish, but when he digs into more suitable jazz and blues modes, the soul of a modern master is truly revealed. A-

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