Hamid Drake, Ernest Dawkins, Harrison Bankhead.

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Ernest Dawkins: soprano, alto & tenor saxophones
Harrison Bankhead: double bass, cello
Hamid Drake: drums, frame drum

This 2 cd set recorded live at the Velvet Lounge a year before the legendary Fred Anderson passed away, is a fitting tribute by 3 Chicagoans to one of their own, the master tenor player, teacher, Velvet Lounge owner, advocate and AACM member, who has helped foster the musical scene in that city possibly more than anyone else. This artistic outing is a pilgrimage in sound taking us into the deepest recesses of this eclectic medium known as “jazz”. These pieces conceived/composed by the 3 reflect all phases of their erudite abilities, their singular as well as collective approaches to the music both compositionally and improvisational while specifically highlighting Dawkins’ virtuosity as a player and showing the masterful abilities of Bankhead and Drake as well. The music crosses barriers displaying every conceivable aspect of the “jazz” language with an almost religious zeal. Steve Dalachinsky, excerpts from the liner notes

All compositions by Ernest Dawkins, Harrison Bankhead, Hamid Drake

Recorded live on August 11th and 12th 2008 by Sal Vito at Velvet Lounge, Chicago, IL, USA
Mixing: Sal Vito
Mastering: Jean-Pierre Bouquet, L’Autre Studio, Vaires-sur-Marne, France
Liner notes: Steve Dalachinsky
Photographs: Michael Jackson
Cover design: Max Schoendorff
Cover realization: David Bourguignon, URDLA
Producer: Michel Dorbon

Track list
  1. Astral Projection (12:53)
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  2. Sweet 22nd Street (The Velvet Lounge) (12:10)
  3. You Just Cross My Mind (8:26)
  4. The Rumble (6:11)
  5. Peace and Blessing (to Fred) (9:21)
  6. Down n' the Delta (7:40)
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  7. Jah Music (9:54)
  8. Galaxies Beyond (5:47)
  9. Woman of Darfur (10:00)
  10. Waltz of Passion (8:56)
  11. Moi Tre Gran Garcon (17:44)
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  12. One for Fred (17:19)
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