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This week, we've got clips of the New Orleans funk/jazz band Galactic and the equally funky saxophonist Karl Denson, both of whom will be in St. Louis to share a bill at The Pageant on Thursday, February 18.
Up top, you can see Denson and his band Tiny Universe performing Everything (Is Going to Be Alright)" while down below this chunk o' text, Denson and TU serve up the reggae-flavored The Mighty Rebel."
In recent months, Denson has been touring with both Tiny Universe and the reformed Greyboy All-Stars, who reportedly will begin recording a new CD in March for release in the fall of this year.
According to Denson's website, the Pageant date is one of a handful on this winter tour that will feature both Tiny Universe and Galactic doing their own sets, then playing some songs together, which should be fun for fans of both groups.
And speaking of Galactic, down below the second TU clip you'll find a couple of videos of them from a 2007 in-store performance at San Francisco's Amoeba Records. The first is an instrumental (anyone know the title?), and the second features rapper Boots Riley doing Hustle Up" from Galactic's hip-hop flavored 2007 release From the Corner to The Block.
Galactic's new CD Ya-Ka-May comes out this Tuesday, and goes back to their roots by featuring collaborations with musicians, singers and rappers from New Orleans.
Jazz is a creative explosion of individual freedom and communication.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was a kid. My father had a music store.
The best live performance I ever attended was Kenny Garrett in Harlem, New York.
The first jazz record I bought was Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins.
My advice to new listeners is keep listening!