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Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble Feat. Vijay Iyer: Transient Takes (Ernest Dawkins)

Nostalgists pining for the days of “live-in-the-studio” recordings will rejoice: Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins and his New Horizons Ensemble (bassist Isaiah Spencer and drummer Junius Paul), along with pianist Vijay Iyer, recorded this set in Chicago last year over the course of about four hours. It features 10 selections, seven improvised on the spot; three others … Read More “Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble Feat. Vijay Iyer: Transient Takes (Ernest Dawkins)”

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Ernest Dawkins’ Live in the Spirit Residency Big Band: Memory in the Center, An Afro Opera: Homage to Nelson Mandela

This orchestral jazz suite, written in tribute to Nelson Mandela and recorded live on the opening night of the 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival, grafts elements of South African dance and melody onto a characteristic Ernest Dawkins fusion of postbop melodic and rhythmic thrust, jubilant swing, freedom-bound improvisation and militancy leavened by compassion and spiked with … Read More “Ernest Dawkins’ Live in the Spirit Residency Big Band: Memory in the Center, An Afro Opera: Homage to Nelson Mandela”

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Ernest Dawkins: Afro Straight

Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins is best known as the leader of Chicago’s New Horizons Ensemble. Admirers of that group will recognize on Afro Straight Dawkins’ gift for imbuing even his most outward-bound flights with a gritty swagger that invokes his city’s hard-swinging heritage. Apropos of the title, this is a primarily “straight”-ahead offering, featuring a couple … Read More “Ernest Dawkins: Afro Straight”

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