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Song of the Day: Kahil El’Zabar Quartet – A Time For Healing

Chicago’s legendary spiritual jazz shaman Kahil El’Zabar returns with a new single Time For Healing, from the band's forthcoming album Time For Healing.

Kahil El’Zabar leading an enviable ensemble of young masters from his hometown 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.

Returning to his natural home on Spiritmuse Records, A Time for Healing answers the urgent questions posed by his sold-out America The Beautiful album, and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble album, Be Known Ancient/Future/Music addressing the state of affairs today whilst calling for a better tomorrow. Hugely successful and universally acclaimed, the album was championed by Pitchfork, the Guardian and Gilles Peterson. As ever, the Chicago legend surrounds himself with the hottest young talent. El’Zabar disciple Corey Wilkes, considered one of best trumpeters in the world today, returns and shines once again. Sonic scientist, Isaiah Collier joins on saxophone. Following his recent acclaimed album, Cosmic Transitions LP, he has been hailed as the new Coltrane. Suffice to say, he doesn’t disappoint, as El’Zabar leads the ensemble through hypnotic groove after groove, providing Collier with ample space to improvise and uplift, channeling the spiritual sound of Trane and Pharoah. Keyboard wizard Justin Dillard, who truly shone on his collaboration with El’Zabar on ‘Spirit Groove’, returns for another stellar performance, steeped in the heritage of Dr. Lonnie Smith and McCoy Tyner.


Listen to Kahil El'Zabar Quartet new single Time For Healing, from the band's forthcoming album Time For Healing:

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 has recorded & performed with heavyweights such as Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, David Murray, Billy Bang, Lester Bowie, Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.


Watch below Kahil El'Zabar Quartet new single Time For Healing, from the band's forthcoming album Time For Healing:

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