Ritual Trio returns to the N'Namdi Center for the 5th consecutive year, with world renowned saxophonist DAVID MURRAY, KAHIL EL'ZABAR, and HARRISON BANKHEAD-get your tickets now!
Kahil El’Zabar, brings together three modern music masters, who have all been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity over the past four decades. Murray, Bankhead, and El’Zabar are recognized by their peers to be consummate virtuosos, who possess ingenious interpretations within the history and future of Great Black Music! This magnificent trio, shares with us all, the hope and desire that comes from blowing fire in an acquired wisdom. This is freedom music in its noblest sense, meant to heal and release one from the regurgitated mediocrity currently flooding our airways. These three wise men know firsthand what’s genuine and real. They have all played and recorded with the legends. To witness these time proven masters in person, is to be exalted and rejuvenated! They are the miracle of a profound sound, within a priceless opportunity not to be missed! These cats express brilliantly what true musicians feel and see, which is the epiphany to be free! They are body and soul, in a moment’s notice, that ignites the call to have a ball with the one and only El’Zabar All Star Ritual Trio!
Selected Tracks featuring Kahil El’zabar Trio with David Murray
The Ebullient Duke
Sir Kahil El’zabar is revered globally as a cultural visionary and an innovative music conceptualist. He has recorded more than 60 acclaimed projects as the leader, Composer,and arranger. El’Zabar, who holds a PHD in Inter/Disciplinary Arts from Lake Forest College,has worked with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie,Pharoah Sanders,Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Cannon Ball Adderly, Archie Shepp, Paul Simon, Lester Bowie, Nona Hendryx, Kurt Elling, Billy Bang, Eddie Harris, Neneh Cherry, Henry Threadgill, Roy Ayers, and David Murray. In May 2014, Sir Kahil El’Zabar was Knighted by the Council General of France, making him a (Chevalier Medal De Lettres).
David Murray is one of the most recorded musicians as a leader in the history of jazz, with well over 200 celebrated projects. Murray was one of the founding members of the World Saxophone Quartet and has worked with greats like, Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Mc Coy Tyner, Lester Bowie, Hamiet Bluiett, Jerry Garcia, Max Roach, Amiri Baraka, Randy Weston and Fred Hopkins. He is currently working with Macy Gray as part of his David Murray Big Band. In 2012, David Murray received an Honorary Doctorate Of Music Degree from Pomona College, Claremont, California. He has won numerous awards over his vast career garnering a Grammy Award for the Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance, for his Tribute to John Coltrane and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Harrison Bankhead is an avant-garde-leaning musician with a journeyman's ability to fit within an array of jazz styles from straight-ahead to free jazz. He is celbrated throughout the world having performed witha a variety of well known artists including Oliver Lake, Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Thompson, Hamiet Bluiett, Marshall Allen, Billy Harper, Dee Alexander, Eight Bold Souls, Chico Freeman, Peter Brotzman and many more. Most recently Bankhead stepped forward with a new recording under his own leadership, entitled Morning Sun Harvest Moon.