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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, wind player Edward Wilkerson, and trombonist Joseph Bowie) in their 1997 album of powerful jazz grooves and textures.

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
21st Century Union March

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: 21st Century Union March (Silkheart)
Label: Silkheart    
Released in: Sweden    

"When folks speak of the fleeting enterprise of the band these days, its not the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble they have in mind. Though each of its three sojourners-percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, reedist Edward Wilkerson, and trombonist Joseph Bowie-is engaged in several regular projects as leaders in true AACM fashion, their coming together under this roof is closing in on 20 years. El'Zabar's percussion exploits serve as the hub around which Wilkerson and Bowie's horns revolve and the collective enterprise is always arresting in both design and execution.

This is music not of an overly intellectual bent, it is instead so simultaneously earthy and ethereal as to conjure rich colorations and dreamscapes. Perhaps the highlight is Kahil's lovely "Dear Albert," particularly when broken down to the bare essence of Wilkerson's unusual, parched tenor tone and El'Zabar's insistent sanza. The track, "Fanfare," calls for Kahil's earth drum sounding the call and proceeding intrepidly through the thicket of Bowie and Wilkerson's understated unison. Musical hypnosis is the name of this game."-Willard Jenkins, JazzTimes

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Product Information:

UPC: 896866000427

Label: Silkheart
Catalog ID: SHCD142
Squidco Product Code: 12226

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1997
Country: Sweden
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded digitally by Jim Cogan assisted by Rick Renner at Streeterville Studios, Chicago on June 17, 18 & 21, 1995.


Joseph Bowie-trombone, percussion

Edward Wilkerson-tenor saxophone, alto clarinet, percussion

Kahil El'Zabar-earth drums, sanza, trap drums, percussion, vocals

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Track Listing:

1. Crumb Puck You Let Slide 6:52

2. Fanfare 9:00

3. Lover Man 3:26

4. How The Cow See Cirrus 11:46

5. Missing Miles 5:04

6. Burundi 10:09

7. Love Outside Dreams 6:29

8. (Unlisted ) 7:42

9. Dear Albert 9:04

10. Procession 3:15