Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble – The Messenger: Live At The Original Velvet Lounge
Delmark DE 570
Compact Disc (2006) – Also Available on DVD!
AACM saxophonist/composer/bandleader Ernest Dawkins brought his New Horizons Ensemble into the Velvet Lounge on July 14, 2005 for this live CD knowing it would be one of the groups’ last performances at the historic “old” Velvet Lounge, now closed–its last night open was April 1, 2006. Trumpeter Maurice Brown has been gaining much critical acclaim and popularity in the last two years. His return to Chicago from New Orleans for this gig is a wonderful addition to the group of Steve Berry, trombone; Darius Savage, bass and Isaiah Spencer, drums.