Chicago Now Vol. 1

Chicago Now Vol. 1 is an album by American jazz saxophonist Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble, which was recorded in 1994 and released on the Swedish Silkheart label.[1]

Chicago Now Vol. 1
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Studio album by
RecordedSeptember 9 & 10, 1994
StudioStreeterville Studios, Chicago
ProducerErnest Dawkins
Ernest Dawkins chronology
South Side Street Songs
Chicago Now Vol. 1
Chicago Now Vol. 2


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [3]

In his review for AllMusic, Scott Yanow says "This CD is full of surprises and unpredictable music. Altoist Ernest Dawkins and his versatile sidemen perform a wide variety of originals."[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz says that this second Silkheart album by the New Horizons "is also patchy, but the addition of Nicholson adds some fire and focus to the overall mix and Dawkins himself seems more contained."[3]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Ernest Dawkins escept as indicated
  1. "Improvisations #1" – 6:24
  2. "The Time Has Come" – 14:37
  3. "Improvisations #2 (My Baby Blues)" – 3:37
  4. "Bold Souls" – 7:44
  5. "Dreams for Rahsaan" (Steve Berry) – 10:20
  6. "Zera" – 10:53
  7. "Flowers for the Soul" – 12:20
  8. "Runnin' from the Rain" – 6:04



  1. ^ Chicago Now Vol. 1 Archived September 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine at Silkheart
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Ernest Dawkins – Chicago Now, Vol. 1: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. pp. 336. ISBN 0141023279.