Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor. Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz's band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers Slightly Stoopid.
Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his own band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue. Karl Denson and the Tiny Universe‘s album New Ammo will be released on Stoopid Records on February 4, 2014.
Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Review
Quinn DeVeaux and The Blue Beat Revue are a throwback of R&B, Gospel and New Orleans soul. The music attempts to bridge the gap between our dance floors and those of early rock and rollers like Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and Huey Piano Smith, and Quinn has the voice for it. He is raspy and soothing to listen to, with declarative punctuations that let the listener know, he means what he sings about. His three backup singers, The Quinntettes, provide warmth and movement to ever sweetening melodies and crowds are often seen singing along or imitating the swaying singers or both.
Their debut record titled “Under Covers” is a collection of grooves that the band started off playing two years ago to hone their sound and to cement their influences before stepping off into original songs, which the band plans to release a collection of early next year. The band is Mattie Mac on drums, Kenen O’Brien on upright bass and Chris Siebert from Lavay Smith’s Red Hot Skillet Lickers playing ragtime piano while Quinn plays electric guitar that sounds as vintage anything recently released.
Some familiar tunes like They All Asked For You by The Meters or Sam Cooke’s Good News are mixed in with lesser-known tunes like the Soul Stirrers’ Come and Go or Muddy Waters’ Tiger in Your Tank. The album was produced by the drummer Mattie and sounds every bit as worthy a re-telling as when the Rolling Stones covered Robert Johnson’s classic Love in Vain. Under Covers is a party album with a broad range and a good piece of the melody will find its way home with you whether you purchase a CD or not.