Gig of the Week: :Karl Denson

Mixing Hip Hop influences, organ-fed grooves, Acid Jazz tinges and traditional Jazz roots, SoCal-based saxman Karl Denson's latest release, Dance Lesson #2 (Blue Note Records) is a study in the a

 
Karl Denson



Mixing Hip Hop influences, organ-fed grooves, Acid Jazz tinges and traditional Jazz roots, SoCal-based saxman Karl Denson's latest release, Dance Lesson #2 (Blue Note Records) is a study in the art of neo-Fusion. Denson started his journey into beat-happy Soul Jazz as a founder of the Greyboy Allstars. With the all-instrumentalDance Lesson, Denson (who was also a member of Lenny Kravitz early bands, performing on the Rock star's first two albums) creates a sound that fits somewhere between Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and modern purveyors of the pocket groove, Medeski Martin and Wood (MMW bassist Chris Wood appears on the record, as does DJ Logic, Charlie Hunter and organists Leon Spencer Jr. and Ron Levy).

At Bogart's on Wednesday.

— M.B.

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