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Kahil El'Zabar

Internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El'Zabar is considered one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation. Indeed El'Zabar is a true "Renaissance Man," with a musical style and content that flows from ancient Africa to the modern world. In his own words, "The spirit of one's approach comes first before the technical. All the facility in the world with nothing that comes from the heart doesn't make good music. The basis of the strength of any artistic evolution has come from ethnicity." Even though he is fully grounded in the history and music of his African American community, he has taken his studies deeper, ingeniously incorporating African music and instrumentation, producing a unique and wonderfully engaging sound

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Remembering Lester Bowie

Read "Remembering Lester Bowie" reviewed by Lazaro Vega

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in December 1999. Lester Bowie played several concerts and made one so far un-issued recording in the late 1990's with Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio plus poetess Ntozake Shange. The evening of grooves, improvisation and poetry came to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Angel Bat Dawid, Fay Victor, Satoko Fujii and Clean Feed Releases

Read "Angel Bat Dawid, Fay Victor, Satoko Fujii and Clean Feed Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Risk-taking singer Fay Victor's powerhouse new album for ESP-Disk is called We've Had Enough, but the title could easily be used on Angel Bat Dawid's latest as well. It reflects some rather shabby treatment on a recent our in Europe. Her album Live sees and Tha Brothahood in full bore. Other new releases sampled come from ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lionel Loueke, Roberto Cecchetto, Prince & Miles, Bootsy & More New Releases

Read "Lionel Loueke, Roberto Cecchetto, Prince & Miles, Bootsy & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In this week's exploration of new and upcoming releases we explore a whole range of human interactions, from Matt Wilson's hugs to Kahil El'Zabar's jumps and shout, from Prince and Miles Davis going mano a mano to Bootsy Collins and Branford Marsalis proceeding arm in arm like true funkateeers, from Antoine Pierre following Miles' steps to ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 2019

Read "Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 2019" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti

Photos from the “Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 2019" Festival held in Sant'Anna Arresi, in the south of Sardinia, from August 30th to September 8th, featuring, among others, Rob Mazurek and Exploding Star Orchestra, Dwight Trible, Kahil El'Zabar, Greg Tate and Burnt Sugar Arkestra, Lonnie Holley, Matthew Shipp Trio, Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Harris Eisenstadt, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen and More

Read "Harris Eisenstadt, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A very eclectic show this time out: drummers are front and center: Joao Lencastre, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen, Harris Eisenstadt, Kahil El'Zabar from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Germany's Max Andrzejewski. The latter and his band Hütte are tackling the music of rocker/composer Robert Wyatt. If that isn't off the wall, how about a combination of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Rich Halley, Satoko Fuji, Ramon Lopez & More

Read "Rich Halley, Satoko Fuji, Ramon Lopez & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Those artists who have been able to sustain long careers and consistently move the music forward must be celebrated, and this episode recognizes two such examples who have new recordings out at the moment: Be Known: Ancient/Future/Music from Chicago's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, the group put together in 1976 by percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, and Terra Incognita from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Infinite Spirit Music: Live Without Fear

Read "Live Without Fear" reviewed by Chris May

Britain's Jazzman Records has form when it comes to spiritual jazz. Its series Spiritual Jazz: Modal, Esoteric and Deep Jazz, now one release away from its tenth volume, has made accessible again some of the most worthwhile but near-lost African American music of the 1970s. The label also supports modern day British musicians. Stand out home-grown ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anansi Trio: On The Path

Read "On The Path" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The concept of a sax-bass-drums trio is not a new one, but Washington, DC's Anansi Trio puts a new twist on the idea through Mark Merella playing what he calls a hybrid drum kit, incorporating conga drums, cymbals and parts of a trap drum set. This adds extra measures of bounce and groove to his playing ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Suoni Per Il Popolo 2018

Read "Suoni Per Il Popolo 2018" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Suoni Per Il Popolo Montreal, Quebec June 1-19, 2018 The Casa del Popolo and Sala Rossa, the hub of the annual June celebration of avant music known as the Suoni Per Il Popolo, sit across from one another on Saint Laurent Boulevard just below the major intersection of Saint Joseph. ...


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