Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

I had a chance to see Chicago's daunting Ethnic Heritage Ensemble last night, a band that has been going strong for 36 years but not with this exact lineup. Percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, the leader, has been there from the beginning but saxophonist Ernest Kabeer Dawkins and trumpeter Corey Wilkes haven't. Here is a 2008 taste of them from a Syracuse TV(!) show. Notice Wilkes and Dawkins both going the Rahsaan Roland Kirk route with two horns at once.

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