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December 2002

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
The Bridge
Relaxed

Put Karl Denson's Tiny Universe's The Bridge (Relaxed) into your CD player and you'll be unable to sit still. Led by saxophonist/vocalist and former Lenny Kravitz band member Karl Denson-and augmented by a who's who of guest artists, including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Roy Hargrove, Fred Wesley, Chris Wood and Fareed Hague-the jam band plays a free spirited blend of jazz, funk, rock, and R&B with grooves so infectious they can't fail to get you up and moving.

Free-flowing horns meet scorching rock guitar on "How Fine is That," while the slow-burning "Groove On" features a hypnotic, repetitive bass rhythm. Denson give his sitar-accented cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Check Out Your Mind' and Eastern flavor, and the organ-spiced "The Answer" features conscious rap lyrics performed by poet Saul Williams and Spearhead frontman Michael Franti. The album ends on a particularly lively note; with its irresistible funk groove and trumpeting by Hargrove and Hugh Ragin, the closing track "Elephants" conjure up some of the funkiest pachyderms you ever heard.

Originally published in December 2002
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