|Studio album by|
|Recorded||March 1 & 2, 1997|
|Studio||Riverside Studio, Chicago|
|Producer||Robert G. Koester, Steve Wagner|
|Kahil El'Zabar chronology|
The Continuum is an album by Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, a jazz band formed by percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, who is joined by trombonist Joseph Bowie and two new members: saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, who replaces Ed Wilkerson, and percussionist 'Atu' Harold Murray. It was recorded in 1997 and released on Delmark.
The Down Beat review by Jon Andrews notes "Replacing Ed Wilkerson in the ensemble, Dawkins has a tough act to follow, but he succeeds, bringing a lighter, exuberant sound on tenor and alto saxophones."
In a double review for JazzTimes John Murph says "The result is an amazing tribal jazz record that could rival any drum & bass track, hands down. Despite the smoother fluidity, The Continuum also amounts to one of the EHE's funkiest and most accessible offerings of recent times."
- All compositions by Kahil El'Zabar except as indicated
- "The Continuum" – 11:39
- "Well You Needn't" (Thelonious Monk) – 6:19
- "Ancestral Song" – 10:02
- "Ornette" – 11:47
- "From Whence We Came" – 8:39
- "Chatham Dirge" – 8:24
- "All Blues" (Miles Davis) – 7:08
- Kahil El'Zabar – drums, percussion, African thumb piano, voice
- Joseph Bowie – trombone, percussion
- Ernest Dawkins – tenor sax, alto sax, percussion
- 'Atu' Harold Murray – percussion, voice on 1