Karl Denson And His Tiny Universe
Team Up With Zach Deputy to Perform
A Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party Marathon at Soho
L. Paul Mann
Saxophonist extraordinaire, Karl Denson, brought his consummate jam band, the Tiny Universe, to Soho nightclub in Santa Barbara, on a sleepy fall Wednesday night, to play a very special jam session. For anyone who considers themselves an aficionado of Jam Band music, Denson's name is synonymous with the genre. His legendary jams, some lasting all night, have seen him collaborate both improvisationally and traditionally, with most every major player in the Jam Band world. For this very special month long mini tour, Denson and his phenomenal band of musicians have teamed up with, another unique Jam aficionado, Zach Deputy, to perform a reworked Jam version of Ray Charles classics.
Deputy opened the show in Santa Barbara Wednesday night with a short solo set filled with looping sounds of the multiple instruments that he plays. He self describes his infectious rhythms as “island-infused drum n' bass gospel ninja soul.” The talented multi ethnic musician, credits his mix of Puerto Rican, Irish, African, British, French, and Cherokee heritage, for the inspiration of his unique mix of World Music sounds.
Karl Denson and the Tiny Universe, took the stage shortly after 1030PM. The seven member strong Jam Band army immediately launched into dance inspiring music and the crowd quickly began to tightly pack together in front of the stage, with many dancing in a euphoric state. The band proceeded to play a powerhouse two hour set, consisting of twenty jam laden songs, many from the Ray Charles catalog of hits. Halfway though the show, the band was joined by Deputy, who took over the lead vocal duties in an almost Dr, John like persona. During the bands encore, Deputy, took up a Bo Diddley type box electric guitar and along with the rest of the band proceeded to blow the roof off of the Soho in the most intense and extraordinary jam of the night.
After the show, a polite and demure, Denson, came out to sign autographs and pose for pictures until the clubs closing at 130am. One of the most talented musicians in the world just happens to be one of the most humble and gracious human beings, as well. Jam on Karl.