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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Brother's Keeper



Karl Denson Tiny Universe Brothers Keeper
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Brother's Keeper
(CD) Shanachie SHA-CD-5175, 2009-09-15

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Offers a New World Order on Brother's Keeper. The all-star musical line-up is testament to Karl Denson's level of respect on the creative music scene. The introspective and dynamic musician is joined by: Meshell Ndegeocello (bass), Marc Ford (guitar, Black Crowes, Ben Harper), Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Kenneth Crouch (Eric Clapton, Lenny Kravitz), Zak Najor (drums, The Greyboy Allstars), Brian Jordan (guitar), Shawn Banks (percussionist, Burnt Sugar), Jonathan Talbot (strings), Laura Reed and Debrissa McKinney (vocals, Laura Reed and Deep pocket), Cochemea Gastelum (baritone sax, Dap Kings, Antibalas), Dave Smith (trombone), and Michael Leonhart (horns). "I'm not one to live in the past. I am very much a forward thinker. Brother's Keeper is a continuation of my general world view, which is that we should be loving each other, having fun and taking care of one another," says Karl. He concludes, "This record is the culmination of all my life's work up until now."

Karl Denson Tiny Universe Brothers Keeper
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Brother's Keeper
(CD) Shanachie SHA-CD-5175, 2009-09-15

Tracklisting :
01. Shake It Out 03:42 | Go Download MP3
02. Where It Counts 03:59
03. The Drums Of War 05:22
04. Brother’s Keeper (Part 1) 04:23
05. Brother’s Keeper (Part 2) 03:29
06. Mighty Rebel 06:18
07. Monica 03:53
08. Expressions 03:46
09. Empty Soul 03:55
10. Take It Down 05:39
11. Just Got Paid 04:23

Links :
karldenson.com
myspace.com/karldensonstinyuniverse
facebook.com/karldensonstinyuniverse
ilike.com/artist/Karl+Denson's+Tiny+Universe

Press Release :
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Offers a New World Order on Brother's Keeper

featuring Special Guests Meshell Ndegeocello and Mark Ford (Black Crowes) & Musicians from Lenny Kravitz's Band, The Dap Kings, The Greyboy Allstars, Switchfoot & More!

"I am trying to lead my fans to a more positive and proactive place," confides Karl Denson. "I think all music has the ability to unite people." The vocalist and saxman knows a thing or two about uniting people. Over the years Karl Denson's music has crossed cultural and generational boundaries and his ability to reinvent himself has made him one of the most exciting musicians of his generation. Denson, who co-founded the pioneering west coast soul jazz outfit The Greyboy Allstars and the popular powerhouse groove ensemble Karl Denson's Tiny Universe cites influences as diverse as The Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock, David Bowie and Wayne Shorter. The Southern California native, who has worked with a who's who list in music including Lenny Kravitz, Michael Franti (Spearhead), Saul Williams, The Allman Brothers and James Brown alum Fred Wesley, continues his musical evolution on Brother's Keeper (Shanachie Entertainment - September 22, 2009).

"My style is based in dance" shares Karl. " I love the idea of creating something that naturally makes people want to move." Fusing elements of Motown, rock, funk, and blues, Brother's Keeper is a refreshing mix of soulful and organic originals. Recorded over a few weeks in May of 2009 and produced by Denson, Chris Goldsmith (The Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie Musslewhite, Ruthie Foster) and Tiny Universe keyboardist David Veith, Brother's Keeper opens with the bluesy Marvin Gaye/Ray Charles-esque showstopper "Shake it Out." Showing off his witty side, Karl gets a bit tongue and cheek with the head-nodding and groove heavy number, "Where It Counts," which he explains, "is about my girls mind but the lyrics make it sound like I am talking about her ass." Switchfoot lead singer Jon Foreman contributed the powerful and catchy "The Drums of War" and also co-wrote "Mighty Rebel" which Karl cites as his favorite composition on the CD. Karl shows off his tender and introspective side with "Monica," about his first true love and the soulful ballad "Take It Down Low" which was written for his wife who he says, along with his three kids, keep him balanced.

Karl Denson Tiny Universe Brothers Keeper

With a penchant for unrelenting jams, great storytelling and fearless improvisational freedom, Karl Denson delivers the goods on Brother's Keeper . The title track is a tune that Denson nurtured for several years. "If you listen to that whole song, the music was written in literally seven minutes. I turned on the tape recorder and sang from beginning to end but then it took me actually a couple of years to write the lyrics," shares Karl. "I'd given two people the recording of me humming for seven minutes, saying 'I know this is a really great song, but I don't know what to do with it until finally I came up with the lyrics. I'm really happy about how it turned out." Also featured on Brother's Keeper is "Just Got Paid," a humorous mix of New Orleans groove, electronica and funk. "I was sitting around, waiting for the next check to come in and the bills were piling up," shares Karl. "And then my son broke his arm. With all of these things going on, I just had to laugh and say, 'this is my life - you know?'"

The all-star musical line-up on Brother's Keeper is testament to Karl Denson's level of respect on the creative music scene. The introspective and dynamic musician is joined by: Meshell Ndegeocello (bass), Marc Ford (guitar, Black Crowes, Ben Harper), Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Kenneth Crouch (Eric Clapton, Lenny Kravitz), Zak Najor (drums, The Greyboy Allstars), Brian Jordan (guitar), Shawn Banks (percussionist Burnt Sugar), Jonathan Talbot (strings), Laura Reed and Debrissa McKinney (vocals, Laura Reed and Deep pocket), Cochemea Gastelum (baritone sax, Dap Kings, Antibalas), Dave Smith (trombone), and Michael Leonhart (horns).

"I think music chose me," confesses Karl Denson, who started playing music in the seventh grade. Listening to a steady diet of Motown, James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, jazz, rock and roll and punk music, Denson developed a broad musical taste. A musician's musician, Denson has been called upon by some of the industry's brightest stars from virtually every genre imaginable. He collaborated with Kravitz for close to two decades including during the rock star's most liberated period of music-making (the Let Love Rule and Mama Said albums of the early 90s). During this time, Karl learned a lot about the importance of detail from Kravitz. "His attention to detail is one of the big things I got from him," he explains. "He would spend the most incredible amount of time in the simplest details and we were kind of like 'Len, we got it,' but when you finally went out and performed, it all came together and made sense."

Denson signed a deal with the German jazz label Minor Music that resulted in four acoustic jazz recordings: Blackened Red Snapper (1992), Herbal Turkey Breast (1993), Chunky Pecan Pie (1994, with the all-star trio of Miles Davis alumni bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette. He also released the live recording Baby Food (1995) with Minor Music. Combining his love of jazz, rock and R&B, Karl Denson formed The Greyboy Allstars in 1994. Their dance floor anthems, funk riffs and west coast grooves quickly garnered a devoted fanbase. Denson's collaborations with DJ Greyboy on Home Cookin'(1992) and Freestylin' (1994) went on to become the prototype for acid jazz recordings of the period. The Allstars opened for such diverse groups as Ben Harper and Sublime. Never one to rest on his laurels, a few years later, Denson formed Karl Denson's Tiny Universe also known as KDTU. They released their first recording in 1999. In 2001 Karl Denson recorded and toured the world in support of his Blue Note debut Dance Lesson #2. In 2002 KDTU recorded The Bridge, which featured an unforgettable Fela Kuti tribute and a memorable version of Curtis Mayfield's "Check Out Your Mind" as well as guest performances from Saul Williams, Roy Hargrove, Michael Franti and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

"I'm not one to live in the past. I am very much a forward thinker. Brother's Keeper is a continuation of my general world view, which is that we should be loving each other, having fun and taking care of one another," says Karl. He concludes, "This record is the culmination of all my life's work up until now."
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Djouls Djouls ·  18 September 2009, 18:15

Thanks for the link! Can't leave it published here though...

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