Sun, Oct 30|
Retreat at Currency Exchange
Music & Conversation with DEZRON DOUGLAS and AYANA CONTRERAS
Join us for a special night of music and conversation with bassist Dezron Douglas and DJ and AESOP resident Ayana Contreras.
Time & Location
Oct 30, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Retreat at Currency Exchange, 305 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
About the event
International Anthem and Rebuild Foundation are proud to host New York based bassist Dezron Douglas in Chicago for this very special Music & Conversation event. Dezron will be interviewed by DJ, producer, and culture historian Ayana Contreras before and after a full listen to his forthcoming album ATALAYA, which is officially released on November 18th. Advance copies of the album on vinyl LP and CD will be available to purchase exclusively for attendees of this special event! Ambiance c/o King Hippo will warm things up. Entry is FREE, event goes from 3pm-5pm on Sunday October 30th at Retreat at Currency Exchange.
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.”
Followers of contemporary jazz might recognize Dezron for his bass work behind Pharoah Sanders, Louis Hayes, or Ravi Coltrane. Steady International Anthem listeners might remember him from the New York side of Makaya McCraven's Universal Beings. More recently we presented Force Majeure, Dezron’s sublime duo record with harpist Brandee Younger, which compiled the best of livestream performances from their Harlem apartment during the original covid lockdown. That album, which came out in December of 2020, reflected the speed and feeling of the moment while somehow simultaneously distracting from the harsh reality of it. It also captured a very vulnerable, intimate, and real impression of Dezron on double bass, sharing his power and truth without abandon.
ATALAYA, similarly, wasn’t processed in the lab, but rather, captured in the room. The realness factor is once again forefront in the sound; but the difference is in the energy and ambition of the music, which reaches for the stratosphere. Again, let’s defer to Dezron here: “Welcome to the Black Lion rocket ship.”
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.
Listen to the lead single from Dezron Douglas's forthcoming album ATALAYA here: https://international-anthem.lnk.to/ATALAYAJoin us for a special night of music and conversation with bassist Dezron Douglas and DJ and AESOP resident Ayana Contreras.