Gary Bartz – 1977 – Music is My Sanctuary

Gary Bartz Music Is My Sanctuary frontA fantastic bit of jazz funk fusion – and one of the landmark 70s albums produced by Mizell Brothers! This is Gary Bartz’s second (and most amazing) collaboration with Larry Mizell – a studio genius who could focus on the best talent of a jazz artist, then expand it using additional keyboards, percussion, and often a sweet bank of chorus vocals to give the tracks an extra soulful sound! By the time of this album, Larry had already worked to great fame with Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey, and Johnny Hammond – and the record has him turning his talents towards Gary Bartz to unlock a whole hidden side of soulful expression that would never be matched again! The title cut – “Music Is My Sanctuary” – is a jazz fusion classic in anyone’s book, and it features characteristic Mizell keyboards alongside Gary’s soulful sax, augmented by a deep vocal chorus that’s simply fantastic.

A1 Music Is My Sanctuary 6:22
A2 Carnaval de l’esprit 5:55
A3 Love Ballad 4:11
B1 Swing Thing 6:42
B2 Ooo Baby Baby 6:51
B3 Macaroni 5:53

Gary Bartz Music Is My Sanctuary backSurrounding himself with a world-class ensemble of disco-jazz-fusion musicians and armed with the Mizell brothers at the production console (who were near the peak of their careers around this time), Gary Bartz took the route of Donald Byrd and brought new elements of funk, soul, and a foreshadowing of the soon-to-be-commercial disco craze all into a 40-minute workout on Music Is My Sanctuary. While purists shook their heads in disapproval and disdain at Bartz’s new direction (one emulated by several jazz pioneers at the time), those who could take off their traditional jazz mufflers would find Bartz and the Mizells making some highly infectious, soulful music. Further accentuated by the addition of Syreeta Wright on vocals, the Mizells took Bartz into nearly uncharted territories for jazz musicians. The results of this experimentation more than paid off, with the dividends being Bartz’s most polished, focused releases (AMG).

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A lost funky classic. The Mizell brothers produced this gem. If you like the sounds of mid 70’s Donald Byrd or Bobby Humphrey, you’ll like this. Not as R&B influenced as the aforementioned artists but definitely in a soulful groove. Bartz really branched out on this one!

Although best known as a straight ahead jazzer Gary Bartz went through his 1970’s jazz funk/african american music phase and this is a pretty good example of that typically 70’s low down dirty funk with some thoughtful and well intentioned vocals from Bartz himself. The soloing as you would expect from a man of this talent is superb. Just one fault really – would like to see him stretch and deliver some of those scorching solos that we know he is capable of.

Great stuff from an underrated master.

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  • Boss
    Posted at 11:31h, 17 January 2016 Reply

    Love it…. Music is my life…Music is my sancuary..

  • alexis
    Posted at 13:13h, 17 January 2016 Reply

    A true enjoyment.

  • Lamont
    Posted at 13:34h, 17 January 2016 Reply

    Yo, this album has been the truth! The sound is a bluesy funk that is unique. It’s a killer!

  • George D
    Posted at 14:18h, 17 January 2016 Reply

    i Just love Gary Sooooo Much His music is the boooooome x

  • Remi
    Posted at 11:23h, 18 January 2016 Reply

    Excellent choice. A must have for soul/funk/jazz lovers.

  • Loui B
    Posted at 21:46h, 18 January 2016 Reply

    Dope posting! Thanks Nikos

  • petey
    Posted at 02:32h, 19 January 2016 Reply

    sweet jesus this is funky! i love these jazz-soul fusion records y’all keep dropping on us! many thanks and praises to all y’all!!

  • Farow
    Posted at 10:14h, 19 January 2016 Reply

    Gary Bartz sure blew my mind with this classic.

  • Ross
    Posted at 10:54h, 19 January 2016 Reply

    back in the days

  • Anton
    Posted at 12:19h, 19 January 2016 Reply

    One of the greatest fusion recordings ever. Thank u for remind me again.

  • Pind4
    Posted at 10:56h, 20 January 2016 Reply

    love this . so rich, deep. juicy vulnerable from the heart.

  • Birdy
    Posted at 11:51h, 20 January 2016 Reply


  • Nickolas
    Posted at 10:54h, 21 January 2016 Reply

    One of my absolute favourites from the legendary Gary Bartz.

  • dj fanis
    Posted at 17:44h, 21 January 2016 Reply

    Niko mipos exeis ton disko ton Soulful Dynamics S/T tou 1971? An nai boreis na ton anevaseis? Thanks

  • Christoph
    Posted at 21:16h, 21 January 2016 Reply

    Cool !!! Greetings from Austria !!! )))

  • Alanis
    Posted at 23:44h, 23 January 2016 Reply

    Great performance.

  • BW
    Posted at 00:43h, 24 January 2016 Reply

    those were the days

  • Chaka
    Posted at 00:55h, 24 January 2016 Reply

    simply brilliant

  • DrWhoooo
    Posted at 00:50h, 25 January 2016 Reply

    So gorgeous.

  • JJFale
    Posted at 00:36h, 28 January 2016 Reply

    This really is a masterpiece in every sense of the word.

  • Igor
    Posted at 18:29h, 14 June 2019 Reply

    I’m confused I can’t find anywhere on the net anything about the hidden, unnamed 4th track on the vinyl’s side 1. Any info??

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