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Kahil El’Zabar’s America the Beautiful

by Kahil El'Zabar

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    Incredible new album by the legendary multi-percussionist, addressing the state of America today while calling for a better tomorrow. El’Zabar is arranging and conducting a string quartet alongside an ensemble of talented, versatile musicians (Corey Wilkes, Tomeka Reid & Harriet Bluiett), with an inspired message of urgency and hope through powerful, spiritual music.

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    Incredible new album by the legendary multi-percussionist, addressing the state of America today while calling for a better tomorrow. El’Zabar is arranging and conducting a string quartet alongside an ensemble of talented, versatile musicians (Corey Wilkes, Tomeka Reid & Harriet Bluiett), with an inspired message of urgency and hope through powerful, spiritual music.

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    Mind-blowing original artwork and Art Direction by Nep Sidhu.

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Spiritmuse Records proudly presents ‘Kahil El’Zabar’s America the Beautiful’, a tour de force musical testament that speaks directly to the heart, mind and spirit. Kahil El’Zabar composed, arranged and conducted ‘America the Beautiful’ to speak musically about the turbulent issues in America (and the world) today, as well as his hopes and love for a better tomorrow.

This incredible album features Kahil El’Zabar with an extended ensemble of woodwinds, brass, strings and an array of Afro-percussion, showcasing extraordinary players such as Corey Wilkes, Tomeka Reid, James Sanders, Josh Ramos, Miguel de la Cerna, Ernie Adams and Hamiet Bluiett (to whom this album is dedicated, as this was his last recording).

El’Zabar developed the initial inspiration for this project from his musical origins in the above mentioned documentary, and later added new works that would explore issues related to current affairs and past histories of America and the globe, regarding race, ecology, economic disparity, and his hopes, aspirations and love for a better world yet to come.

The album’s theme is a unique reworking of the anthem ‘America the Beautiful’ into a multi-layered cacophony of altered harmonies and contrapuntal rhythms that speak to the bittersweet ironies of American society. Familiar classics such as ‘Express Yourself’, ‘How Can We Mend a Broken Heart’ and a killer, Afrocentric version of ‘Afro Blue’, have all been re-written with El’Zabar’s original arrangements and conducted by him in way that engages the listener in an audible landscape of thoughts and emotion that transverse the greater meaning of living in these times. El’Zabar’s powerful new compositions such as “Freedom March”, ‘Jump and Shout (For Those Now Gone’) and “That We Ask Of Our Creator”, further explore the adventure of melody to dissonance within the romance and passion of creative improvised music.

The album speaks to the times that we are living in today, in the wake of a worldwide pandemic, despotic leadership, mass social discontent, disproportionate poverty, Black Lives Matter and other disenfranchised peoples’ movements and the ecological and economic disparity of our planet. It is time to express ourselves with compassionate art that will hopefully propel better and clearer thoughts about where we are now and where we are going in the future. 

Kahil El’Zabar’s ‘America the Beautiful’ is an inspirational message channelled through powerful, spiritual music, that speaks with love, urgency and hope to our current times!

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released October 23, 2020

Kahil El’Zabar - Producer, Composer, Arranger, Conductor
Nep Sidhu – Art and Art Direction
Spiritmuse Records - Executive Producers
Mastered by Frank Merritt, Carvery Studio, London

In honor of Hamiet Bluiett, this was his last recording

M U S I C I A N S
Kahil El’Zabar - composition /arrangements
/conduction /multi-percussion /flute
Corey Wilkes – trumpet (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9)
Hamiet Bluiett - baritone sax (1,3,4,6,9)
Tomeka Reid – cello (1,3,4,6,9)
Dennis Winslett – alto sax (1,3,4,6,9)
Samuel Williams – violin (1,3,4,6,9)
James Sanders String Quartet (2,5,7,8)
Joshua Ramos - acoustic bass (2,5,7,8)
Miguel de la Cerna – keyboard (2,5,7,8)
Babu Atiba - African percussion (2,8)
Ernie Adams – percussion (2,8)
Robert Irving III - piano (9)

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Kahil El'Zabar Chicago, Illinois

Legendary multi-percussionist Kahil El’Zabar has been at the forefront of the spiritual jazz, avant-garde scene since the 70s. He's performed with legends Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Cannonball Adderley. Kahil El’Zabar’s latest two essential albums on Spiritmuse have rightfully re-established him worldwide as an authentic, leading artist in spiritual jazz and Groove. ... more

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