Gary Bartz Ntu Troop

Juju Street Songs/Follow the Medicine Man

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Juju Street Songs/Follow the Medicine Man combines two early-'70s albums Gary Bartz recorded with his Ntu Troop onto one CD. Both of the albums are excursions into African music with hard bop and soul-jazz foundations, and while that very conceit sounds dated today, there are some moments that stand out particularly well. You either love or hate keyboardist Andy Bey's vocals, which usually are about some mystical spirit, but the music itself is often a heady fusion of jazz-rock, worldbeat, and hard bop that sounds surprisingly fresh decades after it was recorded, even if the end result is a little uneven.