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Kahil El'Zabar Quartet

A Time for Healing (DELUXE EDITION)

Kahil El'zabar Quartet A Time For Healing (deluxe Edition) 2lp 180g
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Chicago's legendary spiritual jazz shaman Kahil El'Zabar returns, leading an enviable ensemble of young masters from his hometown. Kahil El'Zabar delivers yet another epic double LP's worth of ancient/future music for the mind, body and soul. From swinging jazz that sings of his Chicago pedigree, to talking drums and soothing spiritual grooves that reconnect Black Classical Music with its African roots. Multi-percussionist, band-leader, vocalist, composer, conductor and educator, Kahil El'Zabar has been at the forefront of the unceasingly creative avant-garde jazz scene in Chicago and beyond for over 4 decades. Considered the pioneer of spiritual groove and Afrocentric jazz. El'Zabar explores the gamut of Great Black Music in America, tracing its lineage through all the movements that's flourished in Chicago, from the blues to R&B, soul, gospel, house music, spiritual jazz, and then back to all of its common African roots. This is captured brilliantly on the title track, where kalimba and spirit bowls evoke the ancestors, before the horns commence a yearning refrain, calling for guidance and healing. Then, El'Zabar's new tomorrow hails its' arrival on 'The Coming Of Spring', a beautiful swinging number full of joy and hope. The album closes on a beautiful and hauntingly sparse treatment of Gershwin's 'Summertime'. Centered around El'Zabar's legendary kalimba playing and a hummed groove. Wilkes, Collier and El'Zabar deliver the standard's well-travelled melody with unheard depths and heart-wrenching spirituality. Recorded in December 2020 in Chicago, 'A Time For Healing' is not only the answer to the urgent questions asked by El'Zabar's 'America the Beautiful'; its' spiritual and ever probing human journey offers a regenerative opus in the face of growing global anxiety. What the world needs right now is exactly what El'Zabar and his quartet have on offer: A Time for Healing.
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