Jazz Dispensary brings you the Top Shelf Series reissue of Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru from Gary Bartz Ntu Troop. As with all Top Shelf releases, the album has been remastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram audiophile-quality vinyl at Quality Record Pressings (QRP), and housed in a faithfully reproduced, old-school style replica jacket. The LP will have a limited-edition worldwide run of 1,000 copies, complete with a Jazz Dispensary "AUTHORIZED DEALER” window cling. The title will also be available at streaming outlets, mastered for iTunes, and in Hi-Res digital (96/24 and 192/24).
The release falls on the heels of the Top Shelf series’ launch, which kicked-off with Rusty Bryant’s incendiary soul-jazz statement, Fire Eater and Charles Kynard’s deeply funky Afro-Disiac. The album-centric program, which is focused on reintroducing rare and previously unavailable titles, including reissues by Funk, Inc., The 3 Pieces, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers, Azar Lawrence and more.
About Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru:
GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Gary Bartz has proven himself a force to be reckoned with time and again over his 50-year recording career. After catching a break filling in with Art Blakey’s band at his father’s club in Baltimore, Bartz went on to share the studio and the stage with such jazz luminaries as Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, and Jackie McLean before forming his own group, the Gary Bartz NTU Troop. Armed with social and spiritual consciousness (according to Bartz, "NTU” means unity in all things, time and space, living and dead, seen and unseen), the group combined soul, funk, African music, hard bop, and avant-garde jazz to deliver a message that remains relevant today. On Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru, Bartz is joined by the inimitable Andy Bey on vocals, Junie Booth and Ron Carter on bass, Harold White on drums, and Nat Bettis on percussion. The result is a set of politically relevant, hard-grooving, funky, searching and essential soul-jazz; the centerpiece of which is the righteously grooving, seven-minute version of "Celestial Blues” featuring the incredible vocals of John Coltrane’s favorite singer, Andy Bey.