San Diego-based recording artist, songwriter and bandleader Karl Denson is fast approaching icon status in the contemporary music world. From his history as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists Greyboy Allstars to a string of acclaimed modern jazz records in the ‘90s to his current band, the hard-touring, funk-rock juggernaut Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, the man is among the most prolific and hardest working artists in music today.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Denson is an acclaimed and highly in-demand saxophonist who first came to national attention as a member of Lenny Kravitz’s Let Love Rule-era band and currently holds down tenor saxophone duties in the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world, The Rolling Stones.
Karl Denson’s most recent recorded work can be heard on the latest Tiny Universe LP, New Ammo. The collection showcases the grittier side of the band’s musical oeuvre, including stand outs like “My Baby” featuring singer Nicki Bluhm, ”Everybody Knows That” and his raucous rendition of The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army.” The album has received wide acclaim: All Music declared the effort, “easily their most musically adventurist album yet,” while DownBeat praised it as “music for both the party and for fans of instrumental prowess.”
“The greatest thing about what music represents to me at 50 years old is that I still get to come at it from an outsider’s perspective,” says Robinson. “The idea of it being a commercial enterprise or about popularity or about anything superficial is so far removed from what makes it go for us. After six years of solid touring with this band, we can still roll into Fayetteville, Arkansas on a Tuesday night and have the most fun of any musical thing I’ve ever been a part of. We don’t have the weight of responsibility or nostalgia, which means we’re in the very psychedelic situation of getting to be totally honest and create everything in the moment. That’s freedom.”