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Ernest Dawkins: The Messenger: Live at the Original Velvet Lounge

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“I always wanted to do an album dedicated to the blues, ‘cuz this is a blues town.” With that, saxophonist Ernest Dawkins cues Darius Savage’s slow, walking bass line and talk-sings a testimony on hometown Chicago and his music. Part oratory, part gutbucket excursion, “Goin’ Downtown Blues” serves as the centerpiece of an enthralling live set by this charismatic AACM member. Available both as a CD and DVD, the performance will slay listeners, with or without the visuals.

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