Kahil El'Zabar

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Kahil El'Zabar
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Background information
Born (1953-11-11) November 11, 1953 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois
Genres Bebop
Afro-Cuban jazz
Free jazz
Instruments Percussion, Drum kit

Kahil El'Zabar (born 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, and Paul Simon.

Discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

  • Golden Sea (Sound Aspects, 1989) - with David Murray
  • Return of the Lost Tribe (Delmark, 1998)
  • One World Family (CIMP, 2000) - with David Murray
  • Spirits Entering (Delmark, 2001) - with Billy Bang
  • Love Outside of Dreams (Delmark, 2002) - with David Murray, Fred Hopkins
  • We Is - Live at the Bop Shop (Delmark, 2004) - with David Murray
  • Transmigration (Delmark, 2007)
  • What It Is! (Delmark, 2013)

With Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

  • Three Gentlemen From Chicago (Moers Music, 1981)
  • Impressions (Red Records, 1982)
  • Welcome (Leo Records, 1984)
  • Ancestral Song (Silkheart, 1988)
  • Hang Tuff (Open Minds, 1991) with Joseph Bowie, Edward Wilkerson
  • Dance with the Ancestors (Chamaeleon, 1993)
  • 21st Century Union March (Silkheart, 1997) with Joseph Bowie, Edward Wilkerson
  • The Continuum (Delmark, 1997)
  • Papa's Bounce (CIMP, 1998) with Joseph Bowie, Ernest Dawkins, Atu Harold Murray
  • Freedom Jazz Dance (Delmark, 1999) with Fareed Haque
  • Ka-Real (Silkheart, 2000)
  • Hot 'N' Heavy (Delmark, 2007)
  • Mama's House (Katalyst, 2009)

With Ritual Trio

  • The Ritual (Sound Aspects, 1985)
  • Sacred Love (Sound Aspects, 1985) - with Rafael Garrett
  • Another Kind of Groove (Sound Aspects, 1986) - with Billy Bang
  • Alika Rising (Sound Aspects, 1990)
  • Renaissance Of The Resistance (Delmark, 1994)
  • Big Cliff (Delmark, 1995) - with Billy Bang
  • Jitterbug Junction (CIMP, 1997) with Ari Brown, Malachi Favors
  • Conversations (Delmark, 1999) - with Archie Shepp, Ari Brown, Malachi Favors
  • Africa N'Da Blues (Delmark, 2000) - with Archie Shepp, Ari Brown, Malachi Favors, Pharoah Sanders
  • Live at the River East Art Center (Delmark, 2005) - with Billy Bang
  • Big M : A Tribute To Malachi Favors (Delmark, 2006) - with Billy Bang
  • Ooh Live (Beright Moments, 2008) - with Pharoah Sanders
  • The Ancestors Are Amongst Us (Katalyst, 2010)
  • Follow the Sun (Delmark, 2013)

With Tri-Factor

As sideman[edit]

With David Murray

References[edit]

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

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