Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble – The Prairie Prophet
Delmark DE 598 (2011)
Ernest Dawkins formed his New Horizons Ensemble in 1978 and on The Prairie Prophet, the group continues to create music that showcases their unique combination of jazz, bebop, swing, and avant-garde. The Chicago Tribune describes them as “a band with an uncommon versatility that erupts into new music bursts of dissonance and color. This band can enlighten an audience while enthralling it.” The Prairie Prophet is New Horizons Ensemble’s fifth Delmark CD and features Ernest Dawkins, saxophone; Steve Berry, trombone; Marquis Hill, trumpet, Jeff Parker, guitar; Junius Paul, bass; Isaiah Spencer, drums. Contains all new original Ernest Dawkins compositions. This CD is dedicated to Fred Anderson.