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Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio: Live at the River East Arts Center

Billed as “a jazz loft party,” this animated live session is a memorial of sorts to Malachi Favors, the original bassist in the Ritual Trio. Yosef Ben Israel fills Favors’ shoes while Ari Brown plays gruff tenor sax, Billy Bang guests on violin and Kahil El’Zabar leads on kalimba, drum kit, congas and other percussion. El’Zabar’s three originals are built on extended modal vamps, beginning with the Favors tribute “Big M” and continuing with the more swing-based “Return of the Lost Tribe.”

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