ATALAYA, similarly, wasn’t processed in the lab, but rather, captured in the room. The realness factor is once again forefront in the sound.

Artist: Dezron Douglas

Genre: Contemporary Jazz

Label: K7

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ATALAYA is new work by bassist Dezron Douglas, and it is alive. That is, ���alive�۪ in all the ways that jazz is at its best ��� as a pure and personal expression of Black Music channeled through time-honored traditions by a group of musicians who practice sonic coherence through musical unity. As Dezron puts it in the opening statement of his liner notes for the album: ���Mysticism, Magic, Faith, Love, Power, Discernment! These are words that embody the creative process of Music.�۝

With Emilio Modeste on saxes, George Burton on keys, and Joe Dyson Jr. on drums, Dezron�۪s crew summons the dynamism of Coltrane�۪s classic Quartet, or Dave Holland�۪s Quintet on Prime Directive, or Charles Mingus on Nostalgia In Times Square��_ swinging virtuosically and firing on all 4 cylinders. But there�۪s nothing remotely revisionist here ��� Dezron and his quartet embody poetry, presence, artistic and emotional clarity in every note they play. Free and dissonant, sweet and consonant, sweeping and pure��_ This is the band you hope is playing every time you walk into a club.��

Credit:��International Anthem Bandcamp

About the artist

Followers of contemporary jazz might recognize Dezron for his bass work behind Pharoah Sanders, Louis Hayes, or Ravi Coltrane. Others might know him as the newest full-time member of the Trey Anastasio Band. Steady International Anthem listeners might remember him from the New York side of Makaya McCraven's Universal Beings.

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