New Ammo

New Ammo

by Karl Denson's Tiny Universe


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New Ammo

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2014
Label: Stoopid Records
UPC: 0020286215356
catalogNumber: 9
Rank: 96948

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe   Primary Artist
Mike Dillon   Percussion,Vibes,Guest Appearance
Karl Denson   Flute,Saxophone,Vocals,Group Member
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   Composer
Karl Denson   Composer
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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