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Karl Denson Interview

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Contributing Writer:  Edmond Klotz

I had a chance to interview jazz musician Karl Denson the other day.  To be honest, before interviewing him I had never heard of him before, and through my research and phone conversation, I was able to discover that he is one of the most interesting and coolest jazz musicians around.  He has played with Lenny Kravitz and numerous other musicians over the years, now leading his own band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.  His music is definitely worth checking out. The more you find out about Karl’s music, the more you will want to see him live and get the experience up close.  He will be out on tour this summer, hitting a number of festivals including Electric Forest over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

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Here is the interview I did with Karl Denson.

When did you music start for you.

When I was in 7th grade my brothers exposed me to bands such as Jimi Hendrix.

What is your biggest influence?

John Coltrane for me that is the biggest influence.

How did you Meet Lenny Kravitz?

I met him threw a friend and that’s how we started our working relationship.  I stayed with Lenny for the next few years.

How did playing with Lenny help you?

Playing with Lenny got me my record deal.

From there you formed the Greyboy Allstars.  How did it come together?

It came together cause of a lot bands at the time were sampling and making new and interesting music such as De La Soul and Guru.  The band came got together in 1992 with DJ Greyboy to fuse jazz and hip-hop togher to make something interesting.

On top of the Greyboy Allstars, you’re also in your own trio.  Tell me how that came about?

The record label asked me who I would like to play with and I said Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland.  I was star struck when we got into the studio cause they were musicians I have lot of respect for, and I couldn’t believe I was recording with them.

Who is the musician you like to jam with?

Warren Haynes is fun to play with and I enjoy it when we get together.

Finish this sentence: Today I am influenced as a musician by….

The Roots are at the top of my list, always doing something new and creative. I also like Patty Griffin and Bjork.

When you perform, how much is improvised?

We play music that is improvised in the middle of the song the beginning and end are always the same for us.

How different is playing a club to a festival?

They are a totally different beast.  At a club you can play a few sets and have them be completely different; whereas, at a festival, you have a short time and you need to trim the fat out of your music to fit the time limit.

I certainly can’t wait to see him at Electric Forest this summer.  My curiosity is peaked to see how this jazz great trims the fat, and still delivers a smoking set.  I can honestly say, “I AM NOW A FAN FOR LIFE!”

My Vinyl: Coachella Special: Henry Clay People & Delta Spirit

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Michele McManmon

LA Indie Music Journalist/Photographer

My Vinyl is pleased to give a special Coachella nod to two of the HOT bands to check out next weekend at the festival. Both of these bands hail from the LA county area and are rising Indie music stars to catch live.

Henry Clay People bring back old school Rock n Roll with their gritty, straight forward sound and unique vocal stylings. Lead singer/guitarist Joey Siara took the time to throw down his fav Top 5 records…

1. The Clash- London Calling

2. Neutral Milk Hotel- In an Aeroplane Over the Sea

3. The Beatles- Revolver

4. Elliott Smith- Either/Or

5.  Lou Reed- Transformer

Delta Spirit drives down a homestyle blues sound infused with good old Rock n Roll.  Howling Wolf would be proud of these guys and the soul they kick into their jams.  Lead singer/guitarist Matthew Vasquez took a minute to give up his Top 5 records…

1.  Ozzy Osbourne-Blizzard of ozz

2.  Nirvana-In utero

3.  The Walkmen- You & Me

4.  Leadbelly- Take this hammer
5. Led Zeppelin 1


Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition (2011) presents Deep Dark Robot featuring Tony Tornay and Linda Perry [Interview Session]


Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition (2011) presents Yellowbirds [Interview & Performance Session]

Yellowbirds is the moniker for the latest musical exploits of Sam Cohen—guitarist/songwriter/vocalist in the psychedelic collective Apollo Sunshine.  Cohen grew up in Houston, Texas, and while the Texas of his teens may have been home to Big Oil, Enron, the Bush family, and the drab grey Astros jerseys of the 90s, he prefers to think of it as the Texas of yore, home to: Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Space Program, and rainbow orange Astros jerseys.  It stands to reason, then, that his current home of New York City must be the mythical Empire City: Rocky Mountains of architecture, epicenter of modern art, home to Charles Mingus and The Velvet Underground.  It was with these timeless inspirations in mind that Sam Cohen created Yellowbirds’ The Color. Double-speed auto-harp glissandos, glowing backwards pedal steel, bubbling echo and fuzz guitars coalesce into a warm wall of sound.  As existential lyrical themes emerge, delivered over psyched-out aural landscapes, the picture emerges of a dust-blown, 4th dimensional Future West.  This is Cohen’s quixotic world where “only the purist tones can be heard.”

Links to social networks/website(s)/music online!/pages/Yellowbirds/154845741203734


Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

TheRFW LIVE : SXSW Edition (2011) presents CHASING SHADE [Performance Session]