Reissued on vinyl for the first time since its release in 1975, this classic gem from saxophonist and vocalist Gary Bartz delivers a euphoric and supremely funky sonic voyage. Produced by the pioneering sibling duo of Larry and Alphonso “Fonce” Mizell—whose frequently-sampled work shaped the sound of ’70s jazz and R&B—The Shadow Do! finds Bartz at his finest, as he delivers a joyful collection of songs, including the expansive opening track, “Winding Roads,” the electrifying “Mother Nature,” the blissful “Love Tones” and the supremely smooth “Gentle Smiles (Saxy),” which ’90s hip-hop fans may recognize from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Butter.” In addition to many outstanding sax performances by Bartz (plus synths and multi-layered backing vocals by the Mizel brothers), the album features an all-star cast of musicians, including keyboardist Hubert Eaves, drummer Howard King, Reggie Lucas (guitar), Mtume (percussion) and former Miles Davis sidemen Michael Henderson (bass).
Limited to 1,000 copies, this VMP and Jazz Dispensary special edition of Gary Bartz's The Shadow Do is pressed on AAA 180g 1LP Love Tones Gold vinyl at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI). The album will arrive in a single tip-on, foil stamped and numbered jacket along with an obi strip. It's mastered by Kevin Gray of Cohearant Audio with lacquers cut from the original analog tapes.