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Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble: The Prairie Prophet

Read "The Prairie Prophet" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The Velvet Lounge in Chicago, opened by Fred Anderson in the 1980s, is well-known for the adventurous bands it presents. Time cannot encapsulate the number of bands that played there, fueling an ongoing interest in free jazz. Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins was one who found a welcoming stage; he now pays tribute to Anderson, who died in ...

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Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble: The Prairie Prophet

Read "The Prairie Prophet" reviewed by Nic Jones

The Prairie Prophet is the fifth release on Delmark from reed player Ernest Dawkins and his band. It's clear that over the course of that association both leader and band have evolved to the point where they can be considered as one of the more vibrant, most urgently alive outfits on the scene. This album pays ...

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Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble: The Prairie Prophet

Read "The Prairie Prophet" reviewed by Troy Collins

Since 1978, saxophonist Ernest Dawkins has led his flagship band, The New Horizons Ensemble, through myriad jazz traditions, from blues, swing and funk to post-bop, avant-garde and beyond. The Prairie Prophet, their fifth album on Delmark, is dedicated to one of Chicago's most venerated scene leaders, the late tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson, a founding member of ...

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Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble: The Messenger - Live At the Original Velvet Lounge

Read "The Messenger - Live At the Original Velvet Lounge" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ernest Dawkins non può dimenticare nemmeno per un istante il suo ruolo di educatore e di memoria viva della musica afroamericana. Colonna portante dell'AACM, sassofonista di grande energia, ogni suo progetto fa comprendere il jazz e la cultura nera meglio di ogni terribile “lezioncina" alla Marsalis. Volete una prova? The Messenger. Registrato nello storico [ormai ex] Velvet Lounge chicagoano, ...

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Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble: The Messenger

Read "The Messenger" reviewed by Nic Jones

If these players are indeed looking towards new horizons, as the band's name suggests, then they're doing so from a vantage point rooted in the past, and their view of the past is of a worthwhile order. If a great many musicians regard it as something worthy only of the most submissive reverence, these guys view ...

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Ernest Dawkins: Live At The Original Velvet Lounge

Read "Ernest Dawkins: Live At The Original Velvet Lounge" reviewed by Karl A.D. Evangelista

Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble
Live At The Original Velvet Lounge
Delmark
2006



Ernest “Khabeer Dawkins is old-school to the bone. Which is not to say that he's a conventionalist, much less a purist. In line with the philosophy of the Association for the Advancement of Creative ...

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Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble: Cape Town Shuffle

Read "Cape Town Shuffle" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble continues to give the people what they want. That is butt-shakin' blues based jazz. Like Charles Mingus recalling the field hollers, the Art Ensemble of Chicago bringing the beat straight out of Africa, and Dizzy Gillespie spinning into new heights with bebop, Dawkins stirs his listeners to get up and move.

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Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble: Jo'burg Jump

Read "Jo'burg Jump" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The focus of creative music is shifting ever so slowly away from New York. The pioneers for the Downtown scene Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz moved to the Northwest, Sam Rivers, champion of the 1960 and 70's loft scene is based in Orlando, Jackie McLean is in Hartford, Vinny Golia hails from LA, and Sonny Rollins ...