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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Karl Denson met Lenny Kravitz during a recording session in 1988. The following year, Kravitz called Denson and asked him to do the solo on the single "Let Love Rule" from Kravitz's album of the same name. As it turned out, Denson played on the whole album, joined the band for the supporting tour, and was invited back to play on and tour in support of the next two Kravitz albums, Mama Said and Are You Gonna Go My Way. When Kravitz bid adieu to horns, Denson did the same to rock & roll and began a jazz recording career in 1992. In 1994, he became one of the founders and leaders of San Diego's Greyboy Allstars as saxophonist, flutist, and singer. The band's acid jazz grooves caught the ear of discerning listeners, causing droves of fans to hit the dancefloors at clubs across the country. However, the band grew apart after only three years and eventually Denson formed a new band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe (commonly referred to by jam/groove band fans as KDTU). The jazz-funk stylings of KDTU are influenced by acts such as James Brown, Maceo Parker, and Parliament-Funkadelic. The group was a big hit at the 2000 Newport Jazz Festival, but their jam band fan base was growing rapidly. During his tenure with the Greyboy Allstars, and in the years just prior to it, Denson recorded five solo albums: Blackened Red Snapper, Herbal Turkey Breast, Chunky Pecan Pie, Baby Food, and The D Stands for Diesel. KDTU released a self-titled EP in 1999. Dance Lesson #2 appeared on Blue Note two years later. In 2002, Denson issued the eclectic album The Bridge. Lunar Orbit followed in 2007 with his band stripped down to a B-3 organ trio in an attempt to reinvigorate -- and some would say reinvent -- a classic jazz sound. Denson took some time off and went into the woodshed, writing and collaborating with friends,. He revived his Tiny Universe outfit as a septet (which featured Me'Shell Ndegéocello on bass) and emerged with Brother's Keeper on Shanachie in 2009.

Denson spent the next couple of years arranging and touring themed tribute concerts. The first was a throughly reimagined aural rendering of the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers; another was his Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party. In 2012, KDTU joined together with the band Slightly Stoopid for a tour whose repertoire relied heavily on Beastie Boys material; eventually, Denson joined SS as their saxophonist. A new version of KDTU emerged in 2013 and recorded New Ammo, which was released on SS's namesake label in February of 2014. ~ Ann Wickstrom & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Wow drums of war! Powerful song. Unfortunatel y timely. But great stuff!
I just saw this band last night in Anchorage. Inspired performance. So much showmanship and skill. Great night!
Tiny universe my a**. That's a BIG BIG groove. A second Big Bang and a new station
quintetwest
Nutin But groove Gravy
nospamdog
THIS is awesome. I need to buy this CD asap
bevinfrankli n
I have seen and met Karl over a period of 13years now and he keeps evolving/esc a l a t i n g his rhythms. I am also friends with the band Dumpstaphunk who are crucial to Funk, and are good friends with Karl D. Love what these guys bring.
bevinfrankli n
I know Karl and he is a fantastic guy and musician. Also, if you have ever seen the classic 80's Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America. (Karl is the saxophone player in a band playing at a church Eddie goes to find a wife at. The band was.....Sexu a l Chocolate... a n d Karl was brilliant!) A friend Ivan Neville told me this story in person after a show with Karl and it the funniest ever!!! Karl will always be Sexual Chocolate.
nisihains
Just saw KDTU in San Diego, wow!! One of the best shows ever! Glad to get a piece on pandora
i agree with Deidra Somerville, this is why i love pandora, i could never afford to sample so many different artists let alone have playlists that are as intuitive for the listener.
wow, i could only imagine hearing this live. nice grooves!
PLEASE RECORD YOUR STICKY FINGERS W/ANDERS YOU ROCK
It's impossible to have a bad day when you got Karl Denson on the radio! Dude your music keeps me so satisfied!
...this is why I love Pandora.
been orbiting the Karl Denson universe since 2002, and it gets radder by the show!
jterry0116
Saw KDTU on New Year's day in NY... life changing show! Karl & the crew put on a sick 4+ hour funk fest! The best.
heathulrich
Karl D is the man (and so is David Veith)! Love shaking my booty to your groves.
jdp1956
Love KDTU (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe ) and Greyboy! Great Jazz
Love KDTU and Greyboy! Hope i get to see them when/if either band comes to Chicago!
amazing musician and person! We love kdtu!
saw him open up for SCI at the Aladdin in Vegas several years back, been diggin it ever since!
loved him since the first time I heard him, he opened for the Allman Bros and just blew me away!!! Met him afterwards and he was so cool and down to Earth. Been hooked ever since!!
Wow. I love 'offbeat1's comments - because I felt the exact same way after hearing KD play for the first time. I've seen Greyboy and/or KDTU probably 25 times and they always BRING IT! Thank goodness for Karl is right!!
Dang is right! I'd never heard of Karl Denson or his Tiny Universe before, but one listen to The Bridge and I'm a big fan! Really groovin' jazz-funk like you just don't hear anymore. Thank goodness for Karl!
dang! thats it! just DANG!
KDTU rocked Jam Cruise 7. Set the Carribean Sea on fire.
The sound draws on the 70's funk/jazz-ca l l it neofunk? what ever, its a good groove.

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