SOME STUFFS: Karl Denson take the Tiny Universe on a winter tour

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Karl Denson will be hitting the road later this month and considering how cold the United States is as of late, it will be a good time to warm up to the jazziness of this amazing band. See where they’ll be and also show up to see everyone scheduled to perform.

January 20… Miami, FL (Jam Cruise 15)
January 25… Fort Lauderdale, FL (Revolution Live) *
January 26… Nevada City, CA (The Miners Foundry)
January 27… San Rafael, CA (Terrapin Crossroads) ^
January 28… Reno, NV (Crown Room @ Crystal Bay Club Casin)o #
January 29… Ashland, OR (Armory)
January 31… Bend, OR (Volcanic Theatre)
February 1… Arcata, CA (Arcata Theater) **
February 2… Eugene, OR (Hi-Fi Music Hall) **
February 3… Portland, OR (Aladdin Theater) **
February 4… Seattle, WA (Nectar Lounge) **
March 3 – Santa Barbara, CA (Soho Restaurant & Music Club)
March 4… Los Angeles, CA (Teragram Ballroom)

* = w/ The Motet
^ = w/
Phil Lesh
# = w/
Orgone
** = w/ The Main Squeeze

REVIEW: Orgone’s “Fuzzed Up”

Orgone photo Orgone_cover_zpsfe6b8a01.jpg Fuzzed Up (Deep East) is an all new, all instrumental album from Los Angeles’ Orgone that was released earlier this year, but I was not aware of it until the other day, so I decided to check it out. They are a funk band who like to add in elements of rock, soul, jazz, and Afrobeat into their music so some tracks may sound like a deep Meters track, others may be along the lines of Poets Of Rhythm or Big Chief, while other times things may lean towards The Stooges or the MC5, as if they’re traveling to various funky cities and getting off on everything from food to women to stereo equipment from 1971. It’s blistering musically, and its ugly and gritty on the audio side, not bootleg by any means but it has the feel of something that was decided in a live room with live people playing this music live. A song like “Swinging Grits” may be perfect as background music for your latest skateboard, surfing, or skiing film, while “Deuce In The Hole” sounds like what would happen if the Edgar Winter Group decided to hang out with Art Neville and Zigaboo Modeliste while leaving the guys in ZZ Top to comb their beards in the hallway. The album title is perfect: Fuzzed Up, because that’s what these tracks are. Let this ride all night long until the sun comes up.

(To download the album as MP3’s or WAV files, head over to DeepEastMusic.com. It is free.)

REVIEW: Orgone’s “Cali Fever”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Orgone‘s Cali Fever (Ubiquity) is the perfect party album for those who love their soul and funk with a hint of Afrobeat, and while that might be describing their music in the simplest terms, the music is sure to provoke its listeners into doing complex things.

When it comes to their brand of soul, Orgone seem to love the early 70’s immensely, with sounds that could have easily been pulled off of those prized records, right down to the sound of their keyboards/organs, it’s a retro-feel but not dated. When they feature songs with vocals, it sounds like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings being pulled to a different era as the Antibalas horns decide to jam with them (which makes sense if you know what members are in both groups.) Add a sprinkling of Brass Construction in the mix and it feels like some funky disco, and all but one song will fill up the dance floors, including one track that’s a little over eight minutes (the tripped out “The Cleaner”). It feels like freedom, and Orgone is more than capable of bringing as many people as possible to their land of opportunity. Can you dig it? Yes you can.

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