The Jazzcat

Khalil El' Zabar and the Ritual Trio at the Jazz Bakery

by on Nov.28, 2006, under News


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This is my first time back on the

scene since the passing of my love. 

Quite different ,but happy to experience live free creative sound.


Beautiful music and the spirit

that encompasses the peace within was the perfect invitation back; simple, thoughtful,

with time to breathe and fully express musical statements in a conversation

rich with expression.  Billy Bang is a

persuasive expressionist.  The 5 note

mantra is loaded with soul and is a perfect podium to support free speech. Khalil

El Zabar is magical on the African fingered instrument.  His notes ring out with beauty and span

through sea and sky of distant lands carrying a message of peace, love and unity.  I have been in the Jazz Bakery many times and

have never seen a second set so packed with audience members who seek the



The second piece is a Bang

composition and it is played out like a thriller packed with unanticipated

adventure.  His violin is tuned in to my favorite

frequency, inside out!


The Hamiet Bluiett hops in with his tenor screaming

expression from the top of the mountain to the baritone valley stopping on the

ledges between the notes of safety and peril. Although death is never the

intended destination, the cutting edge music opens the portal to worlds between

parallel universes.


Khalil El Zabar is up communicating

with the spirit of the rhythm Gods. 

Soul, Soul, Soul, an ethnic heating pad warms the skin of his African

instrument as he proceeded to play another mantra and sing his political phrases

in Scott Heron fashion. These brothers are pied piping us into a hedonistic

realm where milk, honey and music rule the land.


Our gathering feels like it is

outside under the stars around a warm fire more than inside the comfort of the

Jazz Bakery; mental teleportation to scenes and images erected by the

music.  The source is definitely

spiritual in nature and gives us a sense of oneness as humans.  It’s like we are taken and lifted out of our

body to dance and sing before we return back as changed spirits.


“We as humans are responsible for

changing our world” as Khalil El Zabar expresses his disdain for the current

regime. He ends the set with a solo a cappella performance of Nancy Wilson and

Cannonball’s version of “Save your love for me”.





LeRoy Downs

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