El'zabar, Kahil/Ritual Trio / Big M: A Tribute To Malachi Favors
Album: Big M: A Tribute To Malachi Favors   Collection:Jazz
Artist:El'zabar, Kahil/Ritual Trio   Added:Nov 2006
Label:Delmark Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-12-10 Pull Date: 2007-02-11 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Feb 4 Jan 28 Jan 14 Dec 31 Dec 17
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 10, 2014: No Cover, No Minimum
Big M
4. Jan 26, 2007: No Cover, No Minimum
2. Mar 18, 2007: surprise
5. Jan 13, 2007: Science Radio
3. Feb 02, 2007: Memory Select
6. Jan 12, 2007: Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-11-25
Straight post-bop quartet with a restrained, sad quality -- because it's a tribute to the late Malachi Thompson (Art Ensemble of Chicago). Veteran players fronted by Billy Bang (violin) and Ari Brown (sax/piano). A tribute to Malachi Thompson (Art Ensemble of Chicago), so it's got a restrained and sad feel while also being celebratory.

Rich African influence including the use of kalimba (thumb piano) in place of drums on 2 and 4.

1- Upbeat midtempo, a bit funky
2- Gentle, even mournful, with kalimba
3- Nicely digging groove, mid/fast
4- Soft, slow, with sax and sparkly kalimba. Simple figure.
5- Mid/fast, softly rolling jam; active solos. Mildly African feel.
6- Heavy African drums, sinewy theme. Pulse-pounding.
7- Gently sad song: vocals and slowly swinging piano. Touching, simple.

Track Listing
1. Crumb-Puck-U-Lent   4. Big M
2. Oof   5. Kau
3. Feedom Flexibility   6. Maghostut
  7. Malachi