|Live album by|
|Recorded||July 14, 2005|
|Venue||Velvet Lounge, Chicago|
|Producer||Robert G. Koester|
|Ernest Dawkins chronology|
The Messenger is an album by American jazz saxophonist Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble, which was recorded live at the Chicago's Velvet Lounge in 2005 and released on Delmark. The event was also filmed and issued on DVD.
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings|||
In his review for AllMusic, Michael G. Nastos states "Blues, hard swing, and sounds from the black church and Africa all merge into a unified whole that is infectious, head-nodding, and smile-inducing."
The All About Jazz review by Nic Jones says "If these players are indeed looking towards new horizons, as the band's name suggests, then they're doing so from a vantage point rooted in the past, and their view of the past is of a worthwhile order."
- All compositions by Ernest Dawkins except as indicated
- "Intro" – 0:48
- "Mean Ameen" – 10:49
- "The Messenger" – 13:09
- "Goin' Downtown Blues" – 11:03
- "Toucouleur" – 11:21
- "The Brood" – 8:18
- "Lookin' for Ninny" (Ameen Muhammad) – 8:25
- Ernest Dawkins - alto sax, tenor sax
- Maurice Brown – trumpet
- Steve Berry – trombone
- Darius Savage – bass
- Isaiah Spencer – drums
- Original Liner Notes by Tom Terrell
- Nastos, Michael G.. Ernest Dawkins – The Messenger: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 357. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
- Jones, Nic The Messenger review at All About Jazz
- Shanley, Mike The Messenger review at JazzTimes