Down Beat - 5/95, p.454 Stars
- Very Good - "...EPISODE ONE CHILDREN OF HARLEM is a nostalgic journey through Harlem with a quartet of musicians who lived there....Bartz and Willis complement each other well..."
Personnel: Gary Bartz (alto & soprano saxophones); Larry Willis (piano); Buster Williams (bass); Ben Riley (drums).
Although the theme of this CD is ostensibly supposed to be nostalgia for Harlem, the music (which includes the "Amos N'Andy Theme") actually has little to do with the subject. However Bartz (who is heard on alto and soprano) is in fine form playing with a top-notch quartet that also includes pianist Larry Willis, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Ben Riley. The hard-bop oriented music includes a few standards (including "Tico Tico" and "Crazy She Calls me") and three originals by either Bartz or Willis. It's not essential but enjoyable. ~ Scott Yanow