Love Outside of Dreams

Love Outside of Dreams is an album by American jazz percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, which was recorded in 1997 and released on Delmark. He leads a trio featuring saxophonist David Murray and bassist Fred Hopkins in his last recording session. Murray and El'Zabar cut the duo album Golden Sea in 1989 and Kahil joined David's groups for A Sanctuary Within, The Tip and Jug-A-Lug in the early '90s.[1]

Love Outside of Dreams
Studio album by
RecordedMay 12, 1997
StudioRiverside Studio, Chicago
ProducerKahil El'Zabar, Steve Wagner
Kahil El'Zabar chronology
Spirits Entering
Love Outside of Dreams
If You Believe


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[3]

In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek states "Upon first listen, the striking and remarkable thing about Love Outside of Dreams sounds like a trio that had been playing together for no less than five or ten years. It's not just the intuition or the way in which Murray's and El'Zabar's tunes are executed, but the sheer and very muscular musicality the band plays with."[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz notes "El'Zabar and Murray clearly get on well in musical terms and this free-flowing date recalls some of the saxophonist's exciting early records, particularly in the likes of 'The Ebullient Duke'."[3]

In a review for JazzTimes Larry Appelbaum says "Though this is a group that tends to play free and modern, it also knows how to swing, as it demonstrates on the rough-edged 'Nia' and a tribute to Ellington, 'The Ebullient Duke'."[4]

Track listing

All compositions by Kahil El'Zabar except as indicated
  1. "Love Outside of Dreams" – 10:12
  2. "Song for a New South Africa" (David Murray) – 9:34
  3. "Song of Myself" – 6:57
  4. "Nia" – 7:47
  5. "Meditation for the Celestial Warriors" – 8:27
  6. "The Ebullient Duke" – 9:31
  7. "Fred" – 0:20
  8. "One World Family" (Kahil El'Zabar, David Murray) – 8:20



  1. Original Liner Notes by Howard Mandel
  2. Jurek, Thom. Kahil El'Zabar – Love Outside of Dreams: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  3. Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2004). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (7th ed.). London: Penguin. pp. 508. ISBN 0141014164.
  4. Appelbaum, Larry Love Outside of Dreams review at JazzTimes
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