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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The New Ammo version of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe consists of a four-horn front line: his sax and flute, trumpeter Chris Littlefield, trombonist Andy Geib, and baritone saxophonist Daniel De La Cruz. The lineup also includes David Veith on B-3 and Rhodes piano, D.J. Williams on guitar, and drummer John Staten. This set is tight, yet all over the place. Three tunes are thoroughly re-visioned, funked-up arrangements of cues from exploitation films. Opener "Grenadiers" comes from Bill Loose's score for Russ Meyer's Cherry, Harry & Raquel. It's a cut-time groover with knotty interlocking rhythms, a grinding, dirty-ass guitar vamp, punchy horns, and a wailing sax solo by ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The New Ammo version of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe consists of a four-horn front line: his sax and flute, trumpeter Chris Littlefield, trombonist Andy Geib, and baritone saxophonist Daniel De La Cruz. The lineup also includes David Veith on B-3 and Rhodes piano, D.J. Williams on guitar, and drummer John Staten. This set is tight, yet all over the place. Three tunes are thoroughly re-visioned, funked-up arrangements of cues from exploitation films. Opener "Grenadiers" comes from Bill Loose's score for Russ Meyer's Cherry, Harry & Raquel. It's a cut-time groover with knotty interlocking rhythms, a grinding, dirty-ass guitar vamp, punchy horns, and a wailing sax solo by Denson. "The Duel" by Lenny Stack from the 1970 biker flick C.C. and Company has an ugly bassline, surfadelic guitar, and a B-3 worthy of Steppenwolf's "Sookie Sookie." A massive working of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" riff commences "My Baby." The song combines barroom blues, grimy, rocking slide guitar, and Stax-style horns. It also features a Denson vocal duet with the Gramblers' Nicki Bluhm. The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" is a stomper here, a showcase for Denson's strutting flute, with frequent collaborator Robert Walter guesting to deliver a killer Rhodes break. A reading of the Beastie Boys' "Sure Shot" weds spunky flute, upright bass, soul-jazz guitar, B-3, and a truckload of rim shots. The title cut, "Everybody Knows That," and "Cheerleader" are old-school KDTU slammers; their snare-kick drum imprint is right up front with the horns. Chris Stillwell's excellent "Malgorium" could just as easily have been an Isaac Hayes-charted film cue. Its labyrinthine structure contains a beautiful organ solo by Veith before it extends as a jazz-funk workout. Closer "Odysseus" is an older jam that highlights the band's formidable jazz chops. Commencing with a slow yet knotty head, it gradually develops into a simmering jazz-funk groove (evoking the charts of Johnny Pate). Old friend Mike Dillon contributes two brilliant vibes solos to this track featuring floating Rhodes, choppy horns, bubbling basslines, angular melodic changes in several sections (think Frank Zappa), and a screaming guitar break by Williams that ratchets up the intensity before Denson's horn roars it out. KDTU's unmistakable dance band roots are readily apparent on New Ammo, but it's easily their most musically adventurous album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2014
  • Label: Stoopid Records
  • UPC: 020286215356
  • Catalog Number: 9
  • Sales rank: 8,811

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Grenadiers (3:20)
  2. 2 Three Trials of Strength (2:30)
  3. 3 Hang Me Out to Dry (4:58)
  4. 4 New Ammo (7:07)
  5. 5 The Duel (5:27)
  6. 6 My Baby (6:11)
  7. 7 Seven Nation Army (6:42)
  8. 8 Apres Ski (2:49)
  9. 9 Everybody Knows That (3:14)
  10. 10 Sure Shot (4:01)
  11. 11 Malgorium (7:27)
  12. 12 Cheerleader (3:23)
  13. 13 Odysseus (10:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Primary Artist
Karl Denson Indexed Contributor, Flute, Saxophone, Vocals, Group Member
Mike Dillon Percussion, Vibes, Guest Appearance
Robert Walter Organ, fender rhodes, Juno, Guest Appearance
Chris Stillwell Bass, Group Member
Chris Littlefield Trumpet, Group Member
Andy Geib Trombone, Trumpet, Guest Appearance
David Veith Organ, fender rhodes, Group Member
Nicki Bluhm Vocals, Guest Appearance
DJ Williams Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
John Staten Drums, Group Member
Anthony Smith Vibes, Guest Appearance
Daniel Delacruz Baritone Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Jeremy Steig Composer
Adam Horovitz Composer
Mario Caldato Jr. Composer
Karl Denson Composer
Dave Cooley Mastering
Ben Moore Engineer
Lenny Stack Composer
Chris Stillwell Composer
Robert Mercurio Percussion Engineer
Jack White Composer
Adam Yauch Composer
Zak Najor Composer
David Veith Composer
Mike Diamond Composer
Wendell Fite Composer
DJ Williams Composer
Jordan Andreen Engineer
JP Peterson Cover Art, Layout
Alex Zurowski Cover Art
Jim Greer Vocal Engineer
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