Karl Denson Brother's Keeper
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- Released: September 14, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Shanachie
JazzTimes - p.67"Denson is a wonderfully versatile saxophonist, but here it's his vocals that make this one of the best retro-soul discs in recent years."
- $1.29 on iTunes1.Shake It Out
- $1.29 on iTunes2.Where It Counts
- $1.29 on iTunes3.The Drums of War
- $1.29 on iTunes4.Brother's Keeper, Pt. 1
- $1.29 on iTunes5.Brother's Keeper, Pt. 2
- $1.29 on iTunes6.Mighty Rebel
- $1.29 on iTunes7.Monica
- $1.29 on iTunes8.Expressions
- $1.29 on iTunes9.Empty Soul
- $1.29 on iTunes10.Take It Down
- 11.Just Got Paid
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Personnel: Karl Denson (vocals, flute, saxophone, percussion); Marc Ford (guitar, acoustic guitar); Brian Jordan, Briana Jordan (guitar); Jonathan Talbot (strings); Cochemea Gastelum (baritone saxophone); Michael Leonhart (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn); Dave Smith , Dave Smith (trombone); Kenneth Crouch (keyboards, bass synthesizer); Zak Najor (drums); Shawn Banks (percussion); David Veith (programming); Laura Reed & Deep Pocket, Debrissa McKinney (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Theis; Henry Hirsch.
Liner Note Author: Karl Denson.
Recording information: Waterfront Studio, Hudson, NY.
Photographer: Steve J. Sherman.
Karl Denson's BROTHER'S KEEPER, his first album for Shanachie, revives his longstanding Tiny Universe outfit that went on recording hiatus in 2004. In 2007, Karl Denson released the trio recording LUNAR ORBIT, an album featuring just saxophone, a Hammond B-3, and drums, which offered a new sonic take on that classic jazz sound. BROTHER'S KEEPER, by contrast, features a full septet (with MeShell Nd‚geocello on electric bass) augmented by a slew of guest musicians who include an expanded horn section and strings. The sound here is different than past Tiny Universe offerings. It's a very roots-oriented sound that, while not exactly enveloping the back-to-basics of funk and jazz, folds these into a brew that also includes soul, gospel, reggae, and club jazz. BROTHER'S KEEPER is the most poignant album Denson has released to date. It's the most autobiographical and spiritual, as well. This is the work of a mature musician and thinker, and one that bears repeated listening because there is so much in this heady brew--it's impossible to take in all these killer grooves in one sitting.