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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - New Ammo (2014) FLAC

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - New Ammo (2014) FLAC

Karl Densons longtime outfit Tiny Universe has evolved a bit over the past fifteen or so years, but the basic mission has always been to make audiences move. a dance band that dips into the jazz realm, explains Denson. After putting the group on ice in the mid-90s, Denson reconvened it for 2009′s Brothers Keeper and its angular sophistication that sprung forth from a James Brown kick drum/snare beat on virtually every track evoked most worthwhile styles of party music that flourished in the 70s but could only be made in the present day; its the kind of record Densons former boss Lenny Kravitz could have made on a good day.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - New Ammo (2014) FLAC
Funk, Jazz, Fusion | Stoopid Records
Lossless | FLAC | unmixed | 2014 | 01:07:48 | 474 Mb

01. Grenadiers 03:20
02. Three Trials Of Strength 02:31
03. Hang Me Out To Dry 04:58
04. New Ammo 07:07
05. The Duel 05:27
06. My Baby (Feat. Nicki Bluhm) 06:11
07. Seven Nation Army 06:42
08. Apres Ski 02:49
09. Everybody Knows That 03:15
10. Sure Shot 04:01
11. Malgorium 07:27
12. Cheerleader 03:23
13. Odysseus 10:31

Four and a half years later, KDTU returns with a follow up, and the group has changed again: fattening up the horn section while at the same time swapping some of the formers poise for a frayed rock edge. New Ammo (on sale February 4) uncovers more facets for the former Greyboy Allstars saxophonist and flautist. Joining Densons instruments and vocals are DJ Williams on guitar, Chris Littlefield on trumpet, John Staten on drums, Chris Stillwell on bass and David Veith on keys. Andy Geibs trombone and Daniel De La Cruzs baritone sax bolster the bank of horns and longtime Denson collaborators Robert Walter (keys) and Mike Dillon (vibes, percussion) make guest appearances.

The tweaks work to perfection on the swaggering Grenadiers, the Steppenwolf groove of The Duel and the hard-edged funk of Hang Me Up To Dry. If the first two of these tunes sound like they came from action B-movies from the Nixon Administration, thats because they did. Denson found music gold in the scores of these long-forgotten flicks, and by applying the Tiny Universe treatment to those songs, probably improving on them a great deal on the originals. Apres Ski is another one with cinematic roots and in KDTUs hands, it sounds almost like a classic Blood Sweat and Tears sans the vocals.

Denson found more contemporary sources, too: the band funkifies the Whites Stripes simple riff of Seven Nation Army and Jack Whites vox is replaced by Densons dirty flute. And the flute from the Beastie Boys Sure Shot is, natch, carried over nearly intact by Denson, with a bunch of looping, scratching and sampling recreated out of live instruments. Originals like Everybody Knows That, Cheerleader and New Ammo are hot, sweaty J.B. type workouts that reference straight back to the original KDTU sound, assuring us they didnt disavow their beginnings.

The biggest dip into the jazz realm is saved for the ten-minute track that concludes New Ammo, Odysseus, an old Tiny Universe tune pulled off the shelf. Its set at an agreeable medium simmer for most of the time, with one tough figure bracketed by a smoother one. Williams guitar and guest Anthony Smiths vibes highlight the jam.

Oh, and have I told you about the blues-rockin single, My Baby, featuring Denson trading lyric lines with San Franciscos rising star Nicki Bluhm? Why, yesyes, I did.

By the time I get done listening to this album, I can understand why the band is called Tiny Universe. There are so many things that goes into the music a whole universe of things and Denson as usual does such a masterful job blurring the lines that in the end, you dont really care what kind of music to call it because in the end it all just makes you want to dance and have a good time with it.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - New Ammo (2014) FLAC

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - New Ammo (2014) FLAC
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - New Ammo (2014) FLAC
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - New Ammo (2014) FLAC
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - New Ammo (2014) FLAC
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