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Spirit Gatherer: Tribute to Don Cherry

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Don Cherry; Lonely Woman; Evocation; Degi-Degi; Sketches of A Love Supreme; Bop On; Holy Man; Well You Needn't; The Opening; Harvest Time; Spirit Gatherer.


Blues to Be There

Label: Eastlawn Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Spacemen; Pie Eye’s Blues; Chinoiserie; Blues to Be There; Moon Maiden; The Swingers Get the Blues Too; Blow by Blow; Tigress; Almost Cried; Purple Gazelle; Way Early Subtone; Take the ‘A’ Train; UMMG; Bonga; Moonbow; VIP’s Boogie/Jam with Sam.


Spirit Gatherer

Label: Spiritmuse
Released: 2023
Track listing: Don Cherry; Lonely Woman; Evocation; Degi-Degi; Sketches Of A Love Supreme; Bop On; Holy Man; Well You Needn’t; The Opening; Harvest Time; Spirit Gatherer.


Article: Interview

Kahil El'Zabar: Quiet Shaman of Spiritual Jazz

Read "Kahil El'Zabar: Quiet Shaman of Spiritual Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

Percussionist, kit drummer and composer Kahil El'Zabar founded the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble back in 1977. The group's sixteenth album, the gritty, groovecentric and exquisitely lyrical Spirit Gatherer: Tribute To Don Cherry (Spiritmusic), will be released on April 21, 2023. The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has seen relatively few personnel changes during its long history. ...


Article: Album Review

Planet D Nonet: Blues to Be There

Read "Blues to Be There" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The subtitle of Blues to be There, the Detroit-based Planet D Nonet's latest album (recorded in June and July 2022), is “A Salute to Duke Ellington." As with almost any bow to the Duke, it encompasses a healthy measure of Billy Strayhorn as well. Ellington wrote or co-wrote thirteen of the album's persuasive numbers, Strayhorn five ...


Article: Album Review

Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Spirit Gatherer

Read "Spirit Gatherer" reviewed by Chris May

Anyone who was chair of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians for a decade knows a thing or two about keeping a group of independently minded artists focused on a common goal. Drummer and percussionist Kahil El'Zabar continues to demonstrate that with his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, an acoustic, improvising trio with an African foundation ...


Article: Album Review

Dwight Trible: Ancient Future

Read "Ancient Future" reviewed by Chris May

This adventurous album takes spiritual jazz's premier vocalist out of his comfort zone and into the deep blue yonder. It is a work of extremes, beginning with a storm of avant-rock, funk and electronics and ending by spinning off into abstract space accompanied by a virtual headful of Stanley Owsley's finest. In short, Ancient Future will ...



Label: Eastlawn Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: You Ain’t Gonna Know Me ‘Cos; Ithemba; Part Of A Whole; Lwandle’s Lullaby; Water No Get Enemy; Pata Pata; Jabulani Easter Joy.


Article: Album Review

The Paxton / Spangler Septet: Ugqozi

Read "Ugqozi" reviewed by Chris May

Ugqozi is a celebration of modern, urban African music, especially that from South Africa, with which co-leaders trombonist John “Tbone" Paxton and percussionist RJ Spangler have been in love for decades. It is also an affirmation of the vibrant Detroit scene of which the multi-generational Paxton / Spangler Septet is a part. Actually, ...


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