Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio feat. Billy Bang – Big M: A Tribute To Malachi Favors
Delmark DE 572
Compact Disc (2007)
Ritual Trio recorded this tribute to Malachi Favors, who passed away in 2004, in the same week as the recording of Live at the River East Art Center (Delmark DVD 1566). “The band dives into El’Zabar’s propulsive compositions with unbounded energy. Saxophonist Ari Brown slides gracefully through winding melodies, his tone smooth and growling, while bassist Yosef Ben Israel’s foundation never wavers. Bang is typically stunning, ripping out soulful bowings and sharp plucks with an ever-widening smile.” -JazzTimes
This recording features seven original compositions written in memory of the late great bassist from the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Malachi Favors. Also available: Big Cliff: Live At Underground Fest featuring Billy Bang (Delmark 477).