|Born||September 26, 1940|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, funk|
|Labels||Milestone, Prestige, P-Vine, SteepleChase, Candid, Atlantic, Blue Note, Mapleshade|
Bartz was first exposed to jazz as the son of the owners of a jazz nightclub in Baltimore. In 1958 he left Baltimore to study at the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, he performed with Eric Dolphy and McCoy Tyner in Charles Mingus' Jazz Workshop. He worked as a sideman with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln before joining Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. In 1968, he was a member of McCoy Tyner's band, Expansions.
In mid-1970, he joined Miles Davis' band, performing live at the Isle Of Wight festival in August; and at a series of December dates at The Cellar Door club in Washington, D.C. Portions of these shows were initially released on the 1971 Live-Evil album, with the entire six performance/four night run eventually released in full on the 2005 Cellar Door Sessions box set. He later formed the band Ntu Troop, which combined jazz, funk, and soul.
Bartz was awarded a Grammy for "Best Latin Jazz Performance" for his work on Roy Hargrove's "Habana" at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards, and for "Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group" for For McCoy Tyner's Illuminations at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards.
In 2019, Revive Music and Bartz celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his Another Earth album at Winter Jazzfest in New York City, alongside original member Pharoah Sanders. Later that year, in collaboration with Moon31,
He is Professor of Jazz Saxophone at Oberlin College.
|1967||Libra||Milestone||Jimmy Owens, Albert Daily, Richard Davis, Billy Higgins|
|1968||Another Earth||Milestone||Charles Tolliver, Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Cowell, Reggie Workman, Freddie Waits|
|1969||Home!||Milestone||Woody Shaw, Albert Dailey, Bob Cunningham, Rashied Ali|
|1970||Harlem Bush Music - Taifa||Milestone||Nat Bettis, Andy Bey, Harold White|
|1971||Harlem Bush Music - Uhuru||Milestone||Ron Carter, Juini Booth, Nat Bettis, Andy Bey|
|1972||Juju Street Songs||Prestige||Stafford James, Harvey Mason|
|1972||Follow the Medicine Man||Prestige||Hector Centeno, Hubert Eaves III, Andy Bey|
|1973||I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies||Prestige||Stafford James, Howard King|
|1973||Singerella: A Ghetto Fairy Tale||Prestige||Hector Centeno, Howard King, Hubert Eaves III, James Benjamin, Kenneth Nash, Maynard Parker|
|1973||Altissimo||Philips||Charlie Mariano, Jackie McLean, Lee Konitz, Joachim Kühn, Han Bennink, Palle Danielsson|
|1975||The Shadow Do!||Prestige||Hubert Eaves III, Michael Henderson, Reggie Lucas, James Mtume, Howard King|
|1976||Juju Man||Catalyst||Curtis Robertson, Howard King, Charles Mims, Syreeta|
|1977||Music Is My Sanctuary||Capitol||Syreeta Wright, Mizell Brothers|
|1978||Love Affair||Capitol||Wah Wah Watson, Dorothy Ashby, Welton Gite, Bill Summers, George Cables, Wade Marcus|
|1978||Love Song||Vee-Jay||George Cables, Curtis Robinson, Howard King, Rita Greene|
|1980||Bartz||Arista||Howard King, Hubert Eaves III|
|1988||Monsoon||SteepleChase||Butch Lacy, Billy Hart, Clint Houston|
|1988||Reflections of Monk: The Final Frontier||SteepleChase||Bob Butta, Geoff Harper, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson|
|1990||West 42nd Street (Live)||Candid||Claudio Roditi, John Hicks, Ray Drummond, Al Foster|
|1990||There Goes the Neighborhood (Live)||Candid||Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Ben Riley|
|1991||Shadows||Timeless||Benny Green, Christian McBride, Victor Lewis, Willie Williams|
|1994||Episode One: Children of Harlem||Challenge||Larry Willis, Ben Riley, Buster Williams|
|1994||The Red and Orange Poems||Atlantic||Dave Holland, Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Henderson|
|1995||Alto Memories||Verve||Sonny Fortune, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Jack DeJohnette|
|1996||Blues Chronicles: Tales of Life||Atlantic||Tom Williams, George Colligan, James King, Greg Bandy, Jon Hendricks, Cyrus Chestnut, Russell Malone, Dennis Chambers|
|1999||Live @ the Jazz Standard, Vol. 1: Soulstice||OYO||Barney McAll, Greg Bandy, Kenny Davis|
|2001||The Montreal Concert (Live)||DSM||Peter Leitch|
|2003||Continuum Act One||Space Time||Jean Toussaint, Bill Mobley, Donald Brown, Essiet Essiet, Billy Kilson, Anga Diaz|
|2005||Soprano Stories||OYO||James King, Greg Bandy, George Cables, John Hicks|
|2012||Coltrane Rules: Tao of a Music Warrior||OYO||Barney McAll, Greg Bandy, James King|
With Joe Chambers
- Urban Groove (441 Records 2003 )
- Say My Friend (1977)
With Gene Ammons
- Goodbye (Prestige, 1974)
With Roy Ayers
- Stoned Soul Picnic (Atlantic, 1968)
With Cindy Blackman
- The Oracle (Muse, 1995)
With Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
- Soul Finger (Limelight, 1965) Bartz recording debut
- Hold On, I'm Coming (Limelight, 1966) on one track left over from Soul Finger sessions
With Donald Brown
- Sources of Inspiration (Muse, 1989)
With Kenny Burrell
With Donald Byrd
With George Cables
With Norman Connors
- This is Your Life
- Love from the Sun
- Dance of Magic: Live at the Nemu Jazz Inn
- Romantic Journey
- Saturday Night Special
With Miles Davis
- On the Crest of the Airwaves (Discs 1 & 2: Live in August & October 1970)
- The Cellar Door Sessions (1970)
- Bitches Brew Live (2011)
- Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (2015)
- Live in Europe: Volume One - recorded October21/22 1971 - released September 2023
With Ray Drummond
- Vignettes (Arabesque, 1996)
With Antonio Hart
- Don't You Know That I Care (1992)
With Louis Hayes
- The Crawl (Candid, 1989)
With Heads of State
- Search for Peace (Smoke Sessions, 2015)
- Four in One (Smoke Sessions, 2017)
With Phyllis Hyman
With Barney McAll
- Release the Day (2001)
- Precious Energy (2022)
- Precious Energy Re-UP (2023)
With Jackie McLean
With Grachan Moncur III
- Exploration (2004)
With Alphonse Mouzon
- Virtue (1976)
With Rare Silk
- New Weave
With Max Roach
- Members, Don't Git Weary (Atlantic, 1968)
With Wallace Roney
- A Place in Time (HighNote, 2016)
With Pharoah Sanders
With Woody Shaw
- Sphere (Verve, 1998)
With Charles Tolliver
- Lion Hearted (1993)
With Leon Thomas
- Precious Energy (Mapleshade Records, 1987)
With Malachi Thompson
With McCoy Tyner
- Expansions (Blue Note, 1968)
- Cosmos (Blue Note, 1970)
- Extensions (Blue Note, 1970)
- Asante (Blue Note, 1970)
- Sama Layuca (Milestone, 1974)
- Focal Point (Milestone, 1976)
- Looking Out (Milestone, 1982)
- Dimensions (Elektra/Musician, 1984)
- McCoy Tyner and the Latin All-Stars (Telarc, 1999)
- Illuminations (Telarc, 2004)
With Robert Walter
- Spirit of '70 (1996)
With Chip White
With The Midnight Hour (with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammed)
- Jazz Is Dead 001, Distant Mode (2020)
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