Prairie Prophet

Prairie Prophet

by Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble
     
 

Some straight-ahead bop musicians want absolutely nothing to do with outside playing, and some avant-garde agitators thrive on total atonality and could care less about being even remotely accessible to jazz's mainstream. But there are also the avant-garde players who enjoy inside and outside playing equally, and love to integrate the two, which is what Chicago-based… See more details below

Overview

Some straight-ahead bop musicians want absolutely nothing to do with outside playing, and some avant-garde agitators thrive on total atonality and could care less about being even remotely accessible to jazz's mainstream. But there are also the avant-garde players who enjoy inside and outside playing equally, and love to integrate the two, which is what Chicago-based saxophonist/bandleader/composer Ernest Dawkins and his long-running New Horizons Ensemble do on The Prairie Prophet. This 2010 recording is neither totally avant-garde nor totally straight-ahead, but rather, is an appealing union of the inside and the outside. The eight-minute opener "Hymn for a Hip King" favors a straight-ahead post-bop aesthetic, but Dawkins' love of the outside really kicks in on the second track, "Sketches, "and things continue to be quite unpredictable after that. "Mal-Lester" and the haunting "Mesopotamia" contain fairly accessible post-bop themes, while "Shades of the Prairie Prophet" is among the more abstract pieces on this 64-minute CD. Compositionally, a wide variety of influences continue to affect Dawkins, ranging from the Art Ensemble of Chicago to Sun Ra's Arkestra to Charles Mingus' groups, and Dawkins, true to form, maintains a refreshingly non-sectarian view of jazz whether he is playing the alto sax or the tenor sax. Dawkins (who composed all of the material on this album) reminds us that he is the essence of an inside/outside musician; he never shows a preference for one school of jazz over another, and he clearly realizes that the avant-garde and "the tradition" both have their place in jazz. Dawkins isn't afraid to keep listeners guessing, and the result is yet another exciting album from the Chi-Town explorer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2011
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153059828
catalogNumber:
598
Rank:
318417

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble   Primary Artist
Ernest Dawkins   Indexed Contributor,Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Steve Berry   Trombone
Jeff Parker   Guitar
Isaiah Spencer   Drums
Junius Paul   Bass
Marquis Hill   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Shaun Johnson   Trumpet,Soloist

Technical Credits

Steve Berry   Composer
Ernest Dawkins   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Steve Wagner   Producer,Engineer,Mastering
Michael Jackson   Cover Photo
Aaron Cohen   Liner Notes

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