Hot 'N' Heavy: Live At The Ascension Loft

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Kahil El'Zabar's longstanding Ethnic Heritage Ensemble return with a live gig recorded at Ascension Loft (El'Zabar's performance space) in 2006. El'Zabar is a rhythm master who realized the power of the groove long ago and his ability to set up mesmerizing rhythms is on full display here. Guitarist Fareed Haque plays mostly a rhythm role (note there is no bass player), leaving the bulk of the soloing to Corey Wilkes and Ernest Dawkins. Even so, his playing is always interesting as he moves between chordal comping and single-string lines, hitting harmonics and playing behind the nut at one point and even playing some prepared guitar. The band gets some other crazy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Kahil El'Zabar's longstanding Ethnic Heritage Ensemble return with a live gig recorded at Ascension Loft (El'Zabar's performance space) in 2006. El'Zabar is a rhythm master who realized the power of the groove long ago and his ability to set up mesmerizing rhythms is on full display here. Guitarist Fareed Haque plays mostly a rhythm role (note there is no bass player), leaving the bulk of the soloing to Corey Wilkes and Ernest Dawkins. Even so, his playing is always interesting as he moves between chordal comping and single-string lines, hitting harmonics and playing behind the nut at one point and even playing some prepared guitar. The band gets some other crazy sounds (for a live jazz gig), especially on "There Is a Place" with Wilkes' cool processed trumpet solo. He also utilizes some kind of wah effect on "Major to Minor." Ernest Dawkins also takes some excellent solos, bringing some real fire to "Hot 'n' Heavy" and "Black as Vera Cruz." El'Zabar shows his versatility, moving from congas to kalimba (the beautiful "MT," for Malachi Thompson) to the drum kit. His rhythms are organic and relentless, and reach to the core of human experience. Those ancient rhythms coupled with forward-looking improvisers have made the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble one of Chicago's jazz treasures for more than a quarter century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2007
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153057428
  • Catalog Number: 574
  • Sales rank: 381,401

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Major to Minor (15:25)
  2. 2 MT (13:06)
  3. 3 Hot 'N' Heavy (10:33)
  4. 4 There Is a Place (14:50)
  5. 5 Black as Vera Cruz (15:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble Primary Artist
Fareed Haque Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kahil El'Zabar Percussion, Drums, Kalimba
Ernest Dawkins Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Corey Wilkes Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ernest 'Khabeer' Dawkins Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Kahil El'Zabar Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Robert G. Koester Producer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
Steve Wagner Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Eric Butkus Engineer, Mastering
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