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Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts present:
Kahil murrayKahil El’Zabar’s Allstar Ritual Trio featuring
David Murray and Harrison Bankhead
Monday, December 5th 8pm
Bop Shop Records 1460 Monroe Ave. Rochester NY
$20 in advance/$25 at the door, available at Bop Shop Records
Limited seating

For over 15 years, Bop Shop Records has had a happy and productive relationship with AACM master percussionist Kahil El’Zabar. Going back to 2000 when he first brought his main band, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, to the atrium at Village Gate, he has graced us with several versions of his various ensembles. Earlier in 2016, we presented  an edition of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble featuring trombonist Craig Harris and baritone saxophonist Hamiet Blueitt. Back in 2001, we presented the duo of El’Zabar and violinist Billy Bang. But perhaps our most well-attended concert was a duet set with saxophonist David Murray in 2000. And we are proud that it resulted in the album We Is: Live At The Bop Shop, released on Delmark Records to great acclaim. Just a sampling of the reviews:

            This album, recorded live at the Bop Shop in Rochester, NY, further documents Kahil El’Zabar and David Murray’s decade-plus musical partnership. A forceful and impassioned          pair, El’Zabar and Murray literally take no prisoners on this energetic and vivacious session. … For those looking for a taste of what truly sounds “Ancient to the Future,” as the AACM’s motto goes, this well recorded live date will more than fit the bill. (Troy Collins — Cadence)

                “We Is” presents Murray in a duo with one of jazz’s percussion masters, Kahil El’Zabar.…  The new CD documents a live performance at the obviously very hip Rochester, N.Y., record  store, the Bop Shop. … Murray’s been hotter, but it’s great to hear him again in a stripped-down  context. And it’s great to hear El’Zabar, period.  (Chris Kelsey — Jazz Times)

                So we were excited when, on short notice, El’Zabar contacted us with a seductive offer: A performance by his Ritual Trio, featuring none other than saxophonist David Murray and bassist Harrison Bankhead (Chicago bassist of choice for Fred Anderson and Roscoe Mitchell and anchor for the legendary Chicago group 8 Bold Souls). It was difficult to book this show during the holiday season to boot. But together we made it work and we are excited and proud to be able to slot a performance by Kahil El Zabar’s Ritual Trio.

The performance will be in the store and seating will be limited so it’s advisable to purchase tickets in advance. But we will try to accommodate as many people as we can. It’s going to be a night to remember, full of fabulous music by three masters of improvisation.