Begin Phase Four! Karl Denson has come full circle. In 1992 he began his recording career with Blackened Red Snapper, the first of four traditional jazz quintet albums. In 1994 he became an essential part in the formation of the now highly regarded acid-jazz pioneer Greyboy Allstars. In 1998 he constructed yet another successful recording and touring entity, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Now, while The Tiny Universe is taking time off to record, Karl is returning to the vicinity of where it all started with KD3, the Karl Denson Trio.
Featuring Anthony Smith (Global Funk and Giant People) on keys and Brett Sanders (older brother of KDTU drummer John Staten) on drums; KD3 is a bold statement about jazz, past, present and future. Staying true to Karl's vision of jazz as dance music, he manages to find the funky side of things in some very unexpected places. "It's something I've been anxious to do for the last couple of years" says Denson. "I felt the need for a musical challenge and to kind of clear my head in the process of finishing the Tiny Universe record. Playing jazz is always a wake up call, but even more so in a small group setting. You have to be a lot more steady as a player and as an artist. There is also a lot of music I've written that I really want the chance to perform that's not really suited for KDTU."
KD3 will satisfy the needs of the jazz aficionados and funksters alike while challenging both to listen, dance and evolve simultaneously.
6.07.06 | Winston's | San Diego, CA
6.14.06 | Winston's | San Diego, CA
6.17.06 | Boulder Station Casino | Las Vegas, NV
6.21.06 | Winston's | San Diego, CA
6.28.06 | Winston's | San Diego, CA
6.29.06 | Quixotes | Denver, CO
6.30.06 | Club 8150 | Vail, CO
7.01.06 | Center for the Arts | Crested Butte, CO
7.26.06 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT
7.27.06 | Monument Square | Portland, ME
7.29.06 | Rams Head | Annapolis, MD
7.30.06 | 8x10 Club | Baltimore, MD
More dates to come...