5

Dezron Douglas: Black Lion

Geno Thackara By

Sign in to view read count
Dezron Douglas: Black Lion
It's striking, regal, moody, even a bit dangerous—and that's just the cover. Whatever statement Dezron Douglas is making with the name of this EP (also shared by the freshly formed sextet behind it), it's probably one with layers of meaning and history. As you might expect from someone versatile enough to be among New York City's most in-demand bassists, those qualities are only part of an impressively eclectic range. Cue up the EP itself and you can also add hip, funky and smart.

The opening "Soulris" sounds like a mission statement in itself, briefly showcasing a supple touch on the double bass before kicking things into gear. This one mixes late-night cool and a jarring clash of semi-avant-garde horns before Willerm Dellisfort 's piano starts bringing the bop. The pieces get more straightforward from there, though no less brash or colorful. The next couple bounce on snazzy horn lines and (of course) a punchy solid low end, slotting everyone and their instrument into place like meshing gears in a purring engine. At the same time there's room to make reggae and toe-tapping swing also seem like natural partners in the mix.

Capping off after barely half an hour, Black Lion feels sort of like a first early club set that's a bit incomplete without others to follow. Still, the concise set packs a fun enough punch to leave both band and listeners excited for more.

Track Listing

Soulris; Negroidus Maximum; Bottoms Out; Alexis; Great Provider; Uhuru Vibration.

Personnel

Dezron Douglas: acoustic bass, electric bass (4, 5); Stacy Dillard: tenor saxophone; Lummie Spann: alto saxophone; Josh Evans: trumpet; Willerm Delisfort: piano/organ (1, 4, 5); David Bryant: piano (2, 3, 6); Jeremy "Bean" Clemons: drums.

Album information

Title: Black Lion | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Self Produced

Post a comment about this album

Watch

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Rhythm City
Rhythm City
Ptah Williams, Larry Kornfeld, Rob Silverman
Read Stringers & Struts
Stringers & Struts
Rempis/Parker/Flaten/Cunningham
Read Live In Maui
Live In Maui
Jimi Hendrix Experience

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.