Kahil El'Zabar

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Kahil El'Zabar
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Background information
Born (1953-11-11) November 11, 1953 (age 67)
Chicago, Illinois
Genres Bebop
Afro-Cuban jazz
Free jazz
Instruments Percussion, Drum kit

Kahil El'Zabar (born Clifton Blackburn on November 11, 1953, Chicago, Illinois) is a jazz multi-instrumentalist (mainly a percussionist) and composer. He regularly records for Delmark Records. [1] He attended Lake Forest College and joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the early 1970s, and became its chairman in 1975. [2] During the 1970s, he formed the musical groups Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, both of which remain active. Musicians with whom Kahil EL'Zabar has collaborated include Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Simon, Pharoah Sanders, and Billy Bang. In 2017 the film "Be Known - The Mystery of Kahil El Zabar" by filmmaker Dwayne Johnson-Cochran was released. The documentary follows El' Zabar and band on their 2007 Black History Month tour. The film has been available on Amazon Prime.

Contents

Discography

As leader/co-leader

With Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

With Ritual Trio

With Tri-Factor

As sideman

With David Murray

With Wadada Leo Smith

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<i>Ancestral Song</i> 1988 live album by Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Ancestral Song is an album by Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, an American jazz band formed in the mid-1970s by percussionist Kahil El'Zabar. The album, featuring saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, who joined the group in 1978, and trombonist Joseph Bowie, the third player in the band since 1986, was recorded live at Fasching Club, Stockholm in 1987 and released on the Swedish Silkheart label.

<i>Renaissance of the Resistance</i> 1994 studio album by Kahil ElZabar

Renaissance of the Resistance is an album by American jazz percussionist Kahil El'Zabar and his Ritual Trio, which also includes saxophonist Ari Brown and bassist Malachi Favors. It was recorded in 1993 and released on Delmark.

<i>The Continuum</i> (album) 1997 studio album by Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

The Continuum is an album by Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, a jazz band formed by percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, who is joined by trombonist Joseph Bowie and two new members: saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, who replaces Ed Wilkerson, and percussionist 'Atu' Harold Murray. It was recorded in 1997 and released on Delmark.

<i>21st Century Union March</i> 1997 studio album by Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

21st Century Union March is an album by Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, a jazz band formed by percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, who is joined by saxophonist Edward Wilkerson and trombonist Joseph Bowie. It was recorded in 1995 and released on the Swedish Silkheart label.

<i>Jitterbug Junction</i> 1997 studio album by Kahil ElZabar

Jitterbug Junction is an album by American jazz percussionist Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio, which also includes saxophonist Ari Brown and bassist Malachi Favors. It was recorded in 1997 and released on CIMP.

<i>Big Cliff</i> 1995 live album by Kahil ElZabar

Big Cliff is an album by American jazz percussionist Kahil El'Zabar and his Ritual Trio, which also includes saxophonist Ari Brown and bassist Malachi Favors, and the guest appearance of violinist Billy Bang. It was recorded live in 1994 at the Chicago Undergroung Fest and released on Delmark.

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<i>Conversations</i> (Archie Shepp and Kahil ElZabar album) 1999 studio album by Archie Shepp with Kahil ElZabars Ritual Trio

Conversations is an album by saxophonist Archie Shepp with Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio, which also includes Ari Brown and Malachi Favors, which was recorded in 1999 and released on the Delmark label.

<i>Africa NDa Blues</i> 2000 studio album by Kahil ElZabars Ritual Trio featuring Pharoah Sanders

Africa N'Da Blues is an album by Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio featuring saxophonist Pharoah Sanders that was recorded in 1999 and released on the Delmark label.

<i>Live at the River East Art Center</i> 2005 live album by Kahil ElZabars Ritual Trio with special guest Billy Bang

Live at the River East Art Center is a live album by Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio, with special guest violinist Billy Bang, that was recorded in Chicago in 2004 and released on the Delmark label.

<i>Big M: A Tribute to Malachi Favors</i> 2006 live album by Kahil ElZabars Ritual Trio featuring Billy Bang

Big M: A Tribute to Malachi Favors is an album by Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio, featuring violinist Billy Bang, that was recorded in Chicago in late 2004 and released on the Delmark label.

References

  1. Kahil El'Zabar at AllMusic
  2. "Biography". Official Site of Kahil EL'Zabar. Retrieved 2007-05-24.

Official Website: https://kahilelzabaris.com/