We Is: Live at the Bop Shop

Released 2004
Kahil El'Zabar -
   Drums, African Drums, Thumb Piano

David Murray -
   Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

 
 
Love Outside of Dreams

Released 2002
Kahil El'Zabar -
   Drums, African Drums, Thumb Piano

David Murray -
   Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

Fred Hopkins -
   Bass

 
Spirits Entering

Released 2001
   
One World Family

Released 2000

Kahil El'Zabar -
   Drums, African Drums, Thumb Piano

David Murray -
   Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

 

 
Return of the Lost Tribe

Released 1998
Joseph Jarman -
   Alto Saxophone, Flute

Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre -
   Tenor Saxophone

Adegoke Steve Colson -
   Piano

Malachi Favors -
   Bass

Kahil El'Zabar -
   Drums, Percussion

Easily and rightly considered a reunion of historic proportions, this quintet session brings together a bevy of early Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians members for the first time in years.  The set begins low- and minor-key, inching along at a slackened pace that turns calmly liquid. The sax pairing begins to shine immediately, though, in a deep-toned way, and when the set starts turning outward, during "Song of Joy for the Predestined," Kalaparusha's tenor and Jarman's alto are mad with intensity, as are Colson's chromatic runs and jabs. "Kudus" gives the nod to a more intercontinental vibe, with El'Zabar's thumb piano making a fine showing. This band loves development, though, and spends considerable time developing slow swirls of melody and twined improvisation into outstretched mixtures of free jazz, textural interplay, and woodshedlike jams. It's a damn fine thing these vets got together for this session. --Andrew Bartlett , Amazon.com
The Calling

Released 2001
Hamiett Bluiett -
   Baritone Sax, Flute, Bass Clarinet

D. D. Jackson -
   Piano, Organ, Synthesizer

Kahil El'Zabar -
   Drums, Percussion, Kalimba, Vocals