Today we’re listening to Kahil El’Zabar, a percussionist and jazz composer from Chicago. His 2020 LP, Kahil El’Zabar’s America The Beautiful, debuts some inventive pieces and re-arranges American anthems and hits (like “Express Yourself”) using complex harmonies, expressing the unique pain and promise of our country. It’s an especially poignant listen today. We’re also playing his 2001 release, Spirits Entering, which he recorded with American violinist Billy Bang.
Have a really good Thursday.