Kahil El’Zabars Ritual Trio – Africa N’da Blues feat. Pharaoh Sanders
Delmark DE 519
Compact Disc (2000)
On Africa N’da Blues, percussionist Kahil El’Zabar writes the next chapter in his continuing study of the music that shaped the future of jazz. His previous Delmark album, Conversations (Delmark 514), brought tenor saxist Archie Shepp into the setting of his Ritual Trio, establishing a cross-generational bridge between that 1960s firebrand and El’Zabar’s 20-year-old trio. Now the Ritual Trio featuring bassist Malachi Favors and saxist/pianist Ari Brown, does the same with tenor great Pharaoh Sanders, who like Shepp represents a direct link to the central figure of the avant-garde, John Coltrane. Sanders has experienced an unexpected renaissance in the ’90s, but he has rarely sounded as he does here, challenged by three musicians who, while drawing significantly on his influence, are leaders in their own right.