Karl Denson Dance Lesson #2
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- Released: May 7, 2001
- Label: EMI Mod Afw
CMJ - 5/14/01, p.12"...Crossing the piercing tone of Pharoah Sanders with the funky timing of Maceo Parker, Denson's bouncing tenor and alto lines serve to both compliment and lead the group through 9 deeply funky jams..."
- 1.Dance Lesson, No. 2
- 2.Like, Like Dope
- 4.Flute Down
- 5.A. J. Bustah
- 6.A Shorter Path, No. 1
- 7.A Shorter Path, No. 2
- 8.I Want the Funk
- 9.Who Are You?
Personnel includes: Karl Denson (alto & tenor saxophones, flute, percussion); Ron Levy (Wurlitzer piano, organ); Leon Spencer (organ); Melvin Sparks, Charlie Hunter (guitar); Chris Wood (bass); Zak Najor (drums); E.J. Rodriguez (percussion); DJ Logic.
Recorded at Big Fish Studios, Encinitas, California from January 30 - February 1, 2000.
Personnel: Karl Denson (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion); Melvin Sparks (guitar); Ron Levy (organ, Wurlitzer organ); Leon Spencer (organ); E.J. Rodriguez (percussion); DJ Logic (turntables).
Recording information: Big Fish Studios, Encinitas CA (01/30/2001-02/01/2000).
Karl Denson wants you to dance to his music. That's why the former Greyboy Allstars frontman named his first solo album Dance Lesson #2. The disc is a collection of funky, soul-driven tracks highlighted by Denson's fiery extended saxophone solos. Like a true student of jazz, Denson is always experimenting with new collaborations. Instead of enlisting his touring Tiny Universe band, he pulled together a lineup of musical heavyweights including Medeski, Martin & Wood bassist Chris Wood, turntable specialist DJ Logic, legendary organists Leon Spencer Jr. and Ron Levy, awe-inspiring guitarists Melvin Sparks and Charlie Hunter, ex-Greyboy Allstars drummer Zak Najor, and Los Cubanos Postizos percussionist E.J. Rodriguez. The album is a jazz hybrid that flows from the straight-ahead beauty of "A.J. Bustah" to the up-tempo title track, which is invigorated by DJ Logic's scratching and the contrast between Denson's marching flute and wailing sax. "A Shorter Path #1" is a sweet tune that provides the theme for "A Shorter Path #2," a stretched-out smooth jazz exploration of "Path #1." Throughout the album, Denson's dance-inducing, driving groove infuses each inventive track with contagious energy. ~ Carrie Nieman
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