By Steve Futterman
Updated July 26, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

The resurgence of Gary Bartz, an alto and soprano saxophonist who made his mark three decades ago, is cause for celebration. On The Blues Chronicles: Tales of Life, an intriguing concept project loosely detailing the disparate influences of a jazzman, Bartz displays scope and still-intact razor-sharp chops. At times, he takes on funk, rap, and reggae with polish, but when he digs into more suitable jazz and blues modes, the soul of a modern master is truly revealed. A-