Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble – Capetown Shuffle [Live at HotHouse]
Delmark DG 545 (2003)
An inspired soulfulness dominates the four extended compositions that make up Capetown Shuffle, the second Delmark release by saxophonist Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble. Recorded in Chicago, August of 2002, Capetown Shuffle celebrates numerous facets of the African American experience, from the gritty blues and AACM adventurousness of South Side Chicago to joyful New Orleans marches to the ancient ancestral grooves of South Africa. It was a special challenge to perform live all new compositions never played before an audience. The awesome results show why NHE shows are unique and flow unlike those of any other band. Also available: Jo’burg Jump (Delmark 524).