Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio featuring Pharoah Sanders: Africa N'da Blues
Meanwhile, the group as a whole displays a relaxed cool which stands as a stark contrast to the otherwise passionate playing on the record. The addition of tenor saxophone titan Pharoah Sanders, of course, pulls Africa N'da Blues directly back into Coltrane territory. In a way, much of this material celebrates the liberation made possible by Coltrane and his contemporaries during the '60s. When in this mode, El'Zabar rumbles and crashes, obeying the emotional feel of the music instead of a specific swing or feel. Pianist Ari Brown, whether purposefully or not, sounds uncannily like McCoy Tyner at his fiery best.
Even when the Ritual Trio occasionally swings into a more traditional sound (with a lot of swing, if you listen to the rhythm section), it conveys a sense of restrained energy. It's all a matter of twisting the emotional knob, and the Ritual Trio can go all the way.
Track Listing: Ka-Real (take 2); Africanos/Latinos; Miles' Mode; Autumn Leaves; Africa N'da Blues; Pharaoh's Song; Ka-Real (take 1).
Personnel: Kahil El'Zabar: drums, percussion; Ari Brown: piano, tenor and soprano sax; Malachi Favors: bass; Pharoah Sanders: tenor sax; Susana Sandoval: spoken word.
Record Label: Delmark Records
Style: Modern Jazz