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Karl Denson

Karl Denson is a funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist from San Diego, California. He was a member of Lenny Kravitz's band and has co-founded and led The Greyboy Allstars. Denson has recorded with artists including Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Blind Boys of Alabama and Stanton Moore. As of 2007 he continues to lead his own Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Karl Denson Trio (KD3). Members of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe include Denson (saxophone, flute), Ron Johnson (bass), Chris Littlefield (trumpet), Brian Jordan (guitar), David Veith (keyboards) and John Staten (drums). KD3 is Denson with keyboardist Anthony Smith (Global Funk, Giant People) and drummer Brett Sanders (brother of John Staten).

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sherman Irby, Count Basie, Karl Denson and More

Read "Sherman Irby, Count Basie, Karl Denson and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The pandemic goes on and jazz musicians keep on finding innovative ways to stay relevant and creative. This week we focus on some of those that are doing so by releasing new material and good thoughts into the world. We start the hour with a veteran of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Sherman Irby. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Uberjamming with John Scofield

Read "Uberjamming with John Scofield" reviewed by Mike Brannon

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2002. “Uberjam." Literally: “over all jam," translates to 'groove above all' on this true band effort, Scofield's latest recorded outing. You'll likely see this title described as anything from groove...techno...ambient...world...trance... to acid...and back again, but like MMW, it's unique in ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJn Saturday Video Showcase: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe revisited

StLJn Saturday Video Showcase: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe revisited

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring saxophonist and singer Karl Denson and his band Tiny Universe, who are coming back to St. Louis for a gig on Friday, June 21 at the Atomic Cowboy Pavilion. After an absence of nearly six years, KDTU were here most recently in December of last year ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: Out On The Coast

Read "Out On The Coast" reviewed by Joe Gatto

Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, from jny: San Diego, is one of the most talented new bands on the West Coast. Mixing funk, soul, jazz, and Latin & African influences to create unique, exciting music... their “cinematic soul" is like a cross between the music from Jim Jarmusch movies & Blacksploitation films of the 1970s.

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Anthony Smith Quintet CD Release At Cornelia St. Cafe: "Play It Forward"

Anthony Smith Quintet CD Release At Cornelia St. Cafe: "Play It Forward"

Established Vibraphonist/Composer Anthony Smith Starts Fresh in New York City, Releases New Double-Recording, Play It Forward, Volume One and Two Release Concert at Cornelia St. Café, October 4th, 2015, 9pm Recording Features Rising Stars of NYC Jazz Scene: Syberen Van Munster (guitar), Petros Klampanis (bass), Kenny Pexton (saxophone), Mark Ferber (drums) A couple years ago, vibraphonist/pianist/composer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wil Blades: Field Notes

Read "Field Notes" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio. Wil Blades provides an excellent case study in groove. Throughout the past fifteen years, this B-3 bombardier has worked with blues and ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

What a Wonderful World (of Music)

Read "What a Wonderful World (of Music)" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Wil Blades Field Notes Royal Potato Family 2014 It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio. Wil Blades provides an excellent case study ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Greyboy Allstars: Inland Emperor

Read "Inland Emperor" reviewed by Doug Collette

Something of a modern urban funk legend, due in large measure to the high-profile solo endeavors of keyboardist Robert Walter and horn man Karl Denson, The Greyboy Allstars nevertheless know intuitively when to reconvene to the greatest effect. Inland Emperor is their first collaboration in the six years and it bears all the earmarks of their ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Global Noize: A Prayer For The Planet

Read "Global Noize: A Prayer For The Planet" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Global Noize A Prayer For The Planet Lightyear/EMI 2011 Global Noize isn't simply a rather unconventional band. It's also a high concept on a mission. Take a musician with plenty of experience making jazz and pop music (keyboardist Jason Miles), mix in a turntablist (DJ Logic, who knows his way ...


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