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Front of a great shirt!

Front of a great shirt!

…….continued from Night  1 of Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl (04.23.10)

Before I knew it, my head had hit the pillow in my bed the night before and just like that, my feet were back to hitting the pavement to the Brooklyn Bowl.  The NY Funk Live group was gathering tonight to make sure the dance floor was packed and the energy was high.  Such a genuinely good group of people.  I encourage all funk friendly followers to look into the group and see if it’s for you.  A fellow funksters shirt caught my eye and made me giggle. I hope you get a kick out of it also.

Back of a great shirt!

Back of a great shirt!

It was the second night of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at the Brooklyn Bowl.  I was arriving a bit early to meet my buddy who was going to introduce me to just the best damn falafel I have ever eaten.  The place is called Oasis and it is right at the L train Bedford stop, first stop into Brooklyn from Manhattan.  Oh my goodness, it was just so good! Not oily, the extras: the red cabbage, the pickles, the hot sauce, were all so different yet all worked so well together.  SICK! And it was $3.50.  No lie, it is now what I plan on eating every time I head to the Brooklyn Bowl now. Yup! Yup! Light yet filling and $3.50…Word!

John Staten @ The Brooklyn Bowl

John Staten @ The Brooklyn Bowl

We arrived again before 9pm and there is only a slight line at the ID check this time. Once inside, it’s right to the front, makin’ my way to my regular spot to lay down my things.  A few buddies are already marking their territories at the front of the stage.  After chatting with them, I turn around to get my little notebook out and there is a NYC condom laying on my purse.  I look to the guys elevated above me in the bowling section and they just smile with their smirky grins and raise their glasses.  Seriously?  Looks like someone else was marking his territory.  I place the love token in my purse and turned around to the men in the joint that had some class…my friends 🙂

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

I was not on point for this show.  Because I was so focused during the first show, I felt like I wanted to just melt my face off and dance tonight.  This review won’t be nearly as long as Night I.  I seemed to focus more on taking pictures then notes.  Karl and his Universe took the stage around 9:45pm this time.  Hell of a lot earlier then the previous night of an hour later.  Right into a full out saxophone rage from Karl Denson.  I am not sure if they really played The Bridge or not.  I don’t recall that song being played but the set list says otherwise…  Either way, the first song was a HUGE rage fest and a great way to open.  EVERYONE was focused, attentive and dancing.  The stage was set up as follows, from left to right:

David Veith (keyboards)

Chris Littlefield (trumpet)

John Staten (drums)

Karl Denson (saxophone/flute)

Chris Stillwell (bass)

Brian Jordan (guitar)

Chris Littlefield & David Veith @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Chris Littlefield & David Veith @ The Brooklyn Bowl

The first song I recall is Kool Is Back.  I love this song.  The horn bring you right in with a catchy tune.  Karl picked up the tambourine and everything got really funky.  Brian gave us a guitar solo created off of his rift that is the background of the song.    The banging of the cowbell, John Staten just ripping apart the drums.  He was always inserting extra smack downs in the lulls of the other instruments which I appreciate.    This song reminded me of a 60’s game show for some reason.  Again, I think that if each of these artists had a band of their own, I would go see them all.  This song is so full of yummy jazz flute I can’t stand it.  FAST jazz flute.  Karl’s fingers were moving so fast and he was bouncing to the rhythm of his fingers.  My friend SCREAMS his monstrous scream in recognition of the slaughter that is taking place with the flute.  And Karl KILLS it.  Both horns are picked back up and they blast out the ending with Brian leading the way with the funky rift.

Brian Jordan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Brian Jordan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

At this point, Karl’s horn insanity is taking down to a medium slow growl, a really jazzy sound emits and the song changes.  Galaxy!! “On a rocket ship /No time to wait /I just want to gravitate!” sings Karl.  They hit the lyrics pretty hard in this song, little play from the instruments.  At least for a little bit!  We got some interpretive jazz sax from Karl and people screamed.  The drums got louder and Karl got faster.  My friend tapped me on the shoulder to hand me some love.  We danced around.  I heard the tambourine.   As I look at my notes, I see where my friend wrote PEACE + LOVE = FUNK!!  I think he might be on to something. 🙂  So, there is a part in this song where they kind of let the slow, low, minimalist movement take over and not much happens.  He lost me.  I started thinking of a friends who weren’t there and and texted them pictures.  It was just a really jammy sloooow background for some chatting to commence for a few good measures.  But the nice part about these lulls, they pick up fast and just intensify and makes your head EXPLODE.  Yeah, Karl knew what he was doing.  And no pun intended but SPAAAACE!!!  I couldn’t figure out where some of the sounds were coming from, finally figuring out the horn sounds were coming from the keys? Shoot, I still may be wrong. I was loosing my mind waiting for the song to explode in my face.  My notes mention something about there being wasted time pickin’ and that is because I just wanted Brian to rip my face off with his fingers on the guitar.    He stands there with such a darling smile on his face and its like he is busting to blow out the guitar but he doesn’t.  Honestly, I can’t tell who I want to hear more. Who did I come to see?  They were all so great. “Outta Sight, Outta Sight” sings Karl twice.  Honestly, this Tiny Rager was in the middle of a Tiny Universe but I was entirely in my own world.

David Veith @ The Brooklyn Bowl

David Veith @ The Brooklyn Bowl

YES!!  YES!!!  YES!!  I heard the Reggae beat, the dance in my legs shifted immediately.  It moved up to my hips and the salsa vibe was pumping.  Might Rebel was serve up so nicely.  I longed for Debrissa McKinney’s voice immediately as she sings with them on their latest album, Brother’s Keeper.  This is easily one of my top five KDTU songs.  JUST LOVE THIS SONG! Gypsy rage!  Russ ask to borrow a lighter, confusing me because he doesn’t smoke, and holds it in the air swaying it back and forth. We giggle.  It was definitely a moment for that.  Karl looked directly at him, because you just cant miss this guy standing out with his red hair and giant stature holding a lit lighter, and with a beaming smile, nods in recognition of the act.  Russ adds some reggae beats with his mouth in the crowd and its hilarious.  It fits.  This is such a different song from the others being played that night.  It was so very Reggae and it was a nice change.  All the musicians soloed and just killed it.  Coming together at the end, it was just a pure hippie rage in depth.  Very heady and it was over just like that.

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Shake It Out was next and it was the same as the night previously. I just set everything out and shook it out.  No notes, no recollection of anything fantastic happening.  Just dancing machine!  Hands in the air, spinning, knocking into my pal who was trying to contain himself but I could see in his eyes that he wanted to freaking flip out 🙂 Ah, reservation, I know you not.

And honestly, the set list said “Elephant” was next but it wasn’t. It made it’s way into the second set.  New York City was to rage the closer. And I mean RAGE!  It was a slow start at first and then it was a shit show of EXPLOSIVE funk all over that stage.  The ending of that set was one of the most intense endings of a set I have seen since Bowlive.  It was off the charts funky fantastic.  The energy was palpable, the place was packed.  And with that, they walked off the stage.  It was time to rage the bench and discuss…I was so high from all the goodness of that night that my vision was literally like a rippling pond at one point. Out of control. Damn, what a closer.

Set I: The Bridge, Kool Is Back, Galaxy, Mighty Rebel, Shake It Out, New York City

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

For the first time,we were not allowed outside of the front to walk around, smoke, get some fresh air .  We were confined to an area outside the front door, slightly herded. I am still wondering what that was all about.  After the insanity of amazingness that was Bowlive, these Karl Denson shows were definitely some of the the most amazing/fun shows I have seen at the Brooklyn Bowl to date.  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has a ridiculously ginormous amounts of soul.  It’s endless, full of funk, jazz, blues, and rage.  A GREAT team.

RAGE!

RAGE!

At this point, I just have my dancing shoes on and am not thinking of much else.  Steamed Water was awesome and I danced so very hard during that song.  David Veith really stood out on the keys during this set.  I had been hearing what I thought was a flute all weekend and it was his sound.  I don’t know if it was where I was standing.  But he always sounded like a flute.  I remember thinking that at that point I would just be happy to have the horns surrounding me on all side just blowing my head off.  I was so needy for them it was ridiculous.  I remember distinctly wanting crawl inside one of the horns and live in it.  Definitely out of control.

Chris Littlefield @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Trampled Underfoot, a Led Zepplin Cover, was “all about the love.”  Brian  worked his magic on the guitar once again. I just love his smile.  Chris Littlefield in tempo with the shaker as Karls on the mic, for like 7 measures, a lot of time on the cowbell.  I remember specifically texting that to a friend haha.  But again Karl ransacked the stage with his horn and the biggest cheer of the night came blasting out of the crowd.  I mean how do you not scream when guitars are jamming, horns are IN YOUR FACE NASTY, the drummer is basically on his feet, breaking his bloody sticks in half with each beat.  The crowd goes ape shit and Karl extends his arm in recognition of the cheer – the place erupts once again.  Back on the cowbell, Karl mentions his anniversary again. So special, it made my heart yearn.  “I cant stop talking about love,” says Karl.  How very special.  Another dance in unison between Chris Littlefield and Karl.

John Staten @ THe Brooklyn Bowl

John Staten @ The Brooklyn Bowl

And the shit just kept hitting the fan.  Karl blew me away in The Grunt. I know I am talking about him a lot but he was the main reason I went to the show.  How many time can I say he blew that horn, raged that horn, he was was awesome.  He brought a little jazz back into the otherwise funky song.  A few blats of improve was nice, a 3 minute jazz solo, real nice.   I remember there was chanting at one point, “NYC, NYC NYC!!!”  I completely spaced out for a while dancing around my little area, it had gotten a bit tight up front at this point, some odd photographers were bouncing around. I don’t know if they changed songs or were in the same one but we got a taste of Brian’s funky guitar and that cute smile.  Wearing a vest over a white shirt with jeans, he was lookin’ adorable that night.  Everyone looked sharp!  God, I love good music. “Make some noise in here,” shout’s Karl.  The venue screams in unison.  There were sooooo many people there compared to the night before.  It was shocking. Where had they all been Friday night?  I was very glad they were there. I wanted Karl and his Tiny Universe to know how much NYC loves them:)

Karl Denson and Chris Littlefield @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson and Chris Littlefield @ The Brooklyn Bowl

An introduction to the next song, still unsure of the name.  Karl says, “Everything we do is for the ladies!  Am I right?”  Everyone screamed.  “You know it, they know it…..but just this once, we got a little something for the fellas.  This song is for the fellas.”  There is a little instrument banter and he continues, “Why are you scared?  You know there is always someone out there uglier then you so don’t be afraid, do it – go after it – you have nothing to fear but fear itself”  The song was beautiful.  For some reason, I have “Animal Kingdom” in my notes??  And that I wanted more flute. I was becoming oblivious. Perhaps the song was Groove On, I think it was, the set list says so but I still can’t recall.  See, this is why I have to write the set list down as the show progresses or I just forget everything.

Karl Denson & Jessica Lurie @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson & Jessica Lurie @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Elephant was DEFINITELY next with Karl on the shaker and Chris Littlefield on the cowbell.  See, lots of time spent on these funny side instruments, but it was all part of the sound 🙂 What a great song. So heavy, so funky. The title evokes visions of elephants walking in a pack as soon as the tune begins.  Brian lays down the melody of the tune with his strings and Karl laces it out on the flute. Yes, a heady, herdy elephant song with flute!   There was major mouth action this time as he purposefully added in the sounds from his mouth as he blow the flute.  The sound emitted takes on an entirely different texture when the artists allow their mouth sounds to dominate the sounds of the instruments they are playing.  Some folks don’t care for it, but I do!!

Jessica Lurie @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Jessica Lurie @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Here we got our first and only guest treat for the evening. Out walks this lovely female, in a black vest, black tee, black jeans, and boots that looks liked they were broken in years ago, the “oh so comfortable” kind.  Jessica Lurie, a female saxophone player currently transplanted from Seattle to Brooklyn was the special guest for the evening.  I bet she played with Skerik all the time while in Seattle. I would love to see that duo.  SHE RAGED IT!!   I actually would have liked to have seen her perform more but he song didn’t allow for it as Karl was on his sax having to lead the herd through the song.    At one point both saxophone payers were not playing, but instead using the shakers and graters to back up Brian on the guitar.  I wanted more from Lurie. I was intrigued. She is definitely on my radar and I hope to see her again soon!  Karl belts a solo on the flute and Jessica is on various percussion instruments. She definitely didn’t just stand there, which was great.  At the end, they were all on the horns, everyone was jamming but not melting our faces. I was longing for that energy from the last song of the first set.  And then Brian’s guitar was crying as Karl interjected with hoots and yelps reminiscent of tribal banter, spiritual chanting if you will.  HE SCREAMS! And the energy rose, oh so high.  Russ screamed back, completely overcome with emotion from the song, he just couldn’t help it.  Karl stomped this herd into the ground with Lurie at the end. Brian brought the funk and it was just killer.  And then everyone exits the stage except for John Staten who has picked up the song, and taken it as his own…it was his time to shine! Enjoy the video! I personally like Karl’s little jig at the end of the clip!  RAGE JOHN RAGE!

Might Mouse was slated on the set list but they choose to rage another.  At this point a fan had come up to Karl and shouted something, He said, “OK! SO then we will play that song next for you, Happy Birthday!”  So kind, so genuine Such a good man, on top of being a good musician.    Soul Drifting would be the song of choice and it was full of just more funk and fun. David Veith mouthing the “sounds” he was making on the keys.  I was so focused on the horns and the guitars that I lost track of the keys and for that I apologize.  The keys were light, shifty, breezy.  Everyone was smiling. Karl places the mouth piece on his sax again and it creates the low growl.  “I feel like talking tonight.” says Karl.  He doesn’t talk so much as he gives us such a pretty jazzy flute, like a humming birds wings, his fingers were flying.  I closed my eyes as the song willed me to.  It was such a slow jam at first and then he screamed so soulfully, so fast.  Brian picked up his pace and just let loose on the strings, Karl picks up percussion instruments, I danced so hard I fell over.  Yup!  Just fell over…I was out of my mind, as were the people surrounding me; the people up front, paying attention to the slaughter that was taking place.  “Thank you New York!  Thank You New York,” screams Karl to the beat of the song.  And that feeling of dread that floods over you when you know a show is ending immediately flooded in.  Had two nights of Karl Denson really just come and gone just like that?  Perhaps for many, if not most people, they can just go home having enjoyed the night, being able to move forward and immediately think of things on their to do lists the following day….moving forward.  Not me, I get stuck in the moments and I truly dislike being pulled out of them.  I truly is an addiction.  It makes me tankful for these opportunities to write for yall, and for myself, to relive the memories and have a record of them.  It allows me to release and move forward like the “regular” folks 🙂

Karl Denson and Jessica Lurie @ The Broooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson and Jessica Lurie @ The Broooklyn Bowl

The stage was empty, no one moved, and everyone was screaming at the top of their lungs.  Of course, we all wanted more.  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe to the the stage of the Brooklyn Bowl one more time that weekend and gave us a hell of an encore: Bougainvillea! Of and older CD, The D Stands for Diesel, Karl says, I got an old skool song for ya.”  The flute goes right into it, light, jammy guitar, interesting sounds with the keys. I was really too busy dancing to worry about much else.  Then the flute is put down and replaced by the saxophone.  Jessica Lurie came out and joined the session.  “I’ll sing you a song all night long,” shout’s Karl.  And the horns ended the evening blasting into the night and off the stage.  You know how I said this wouldn’t be a long review? I lied 🙂  It was too good to summarize.  And  when this review completed….it’s off to the next adventure 🙂 because I have just released!!! 🙂

Set II: Steamed Water, Trampled Under Foot (Led Zeppelin Cover), The Grunt, Groove On, Elephants, Soul Drifting, Bougainvillea

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May 2010 Potential Show Run Down

(If there is ANYTHING that I have missed that must not be missed, please point it out. I add things constantly.)

May 1st, 2010:

  • ($38) Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings @ Apollo Theater
  • ($30) David Knopfler of Dire Straits @ B.B. Kings
  • ($25) Sublime, Dirty Heads @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($10) Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ The Stephen Talkhouse
  • ($10) Trouble & Bass @ Santos Party House

May 2nd, 2010:

May 3rd, 2010:

May 4th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Trio w/ Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($33) Corinne Bailey Rae @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall

May 5th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Trio w/ Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($33) Corinne Bailey Rae @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($25) Dierks Bentley featuring the Travelin McCourys @ Highline Ballroom
  • (Free) Mark Guiliana @ Rose Live Music
  • ($30) The Mick Taylor Band (Rolling Stones Guitarist) @ B.B. Kings
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band (Charles Mingus) @ The Jazz Standard

May 6th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Trio w/ Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($43) A-Ha @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
  • ($25) Sia @ Terminal 5
  • (Free w/1 drink min) Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Sonya Kitchell @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Mark Guiliana w/ Jeff Taylor @ Rockwood Music Hall

May 7th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Trio w/ Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • (Sold out) Broken Social Scene, Fan Death @ Webster Hall
  • ($35) Steve Kimock (2 shows) @ The Stone
  • ($10) EOTO Featuring Michael Travis and Jason Hann from String Cheese Incident @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) BR & Timebomb @ Bar East
  • ($10) Drunken Pumpkin@ Crash Mansion
  • ($10) John Ellis and Double-Wide (featuring Derrek Phillips) @ Rose Live

May 8th, 2010:

May 9th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Trio w/ Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note

May 10th, 2010:

  • ($22-$28) Aqualung & Krista Polvere @ City Winery

May 11th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Quartet: Hank Roberts-clo, Eyvind Kang-vln, Jenny Scheinman-vln @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($25) Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live @ Nokia Theater Times Square
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) MGMT @ Late Show with David Letterman
  • Free Live Hilarious Comedy: SRSLY LOL @ Metropolitan Bar

May 12th, 2010:

May 13, 2010:

  • (Free) Sonya Kitchell @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery (Funk Live Meetup)
  • ($10) Todd Sickafoose, Jim Black, Jonathon Goldberger Trio @ Barbes
  • ($20) Orchard Lounge Residency + Jeff Bujak + D.V.S. + Higher Nebulae @ Club Love
  • ($35) Bill Frisell Quartet: Hank Roberts-clo, Eyvind Kang-vln, Jenny Scheinman-vln @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note (With special guest Hubert Laws)

May 14th, 2010:

  • Wicked on Broadway
  • ($15) Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistor’s @ 45 Bleeker, NYC
  • ($35) Bill Frisell Quartet: Hank Roberts-clo, Eyvind Kang-vln, Jenny Scheinman-vln @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($15) The Mother Hips @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($??)Radiohead Tribute Band @ B.B. Kings
  • Free Live Hilarious Comedy: Triple Minority Report @ Comix

May 15th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Quartet: Hank Roberts-clo, Eyvind Kang-vln, Jenny Scheinman-vln @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($5) The London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($17) Donna The Buffalo @ Southpaw
  • ($45) Loudon Wainwright III @ Irvington Town Hall Theater
  • ($10) Soul Cycle @ The Blue Note

May 16th, 2010:

  • ($35) Bill Frisell Quartet: Hank Roberts-clo, Eyvind Kang-vln, Jenny Scheinman-vln @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$65) Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian Further Explorations of Bill @ The Blue Note
  • ($??) Ikebe Shakedown @ Bembe (Funk Live Meetup)
  • ($20) Voices of the Big Easy feat. Henry Butler & Chuck Perkins @ Jazz Gallery

May 17th, 2010:

  • ($30) The Lovin’ Spoonful @ B.B. King Blues Club
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band (Charles Mingus) @ The Jazz Standard

May 18th, 2010:

  • ($30) Joe Louis Walker, Watermelon Slim, Janiva Magness @ B.B. Kings
  • ($20 – $40) Raul Midon @ City Winery
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall

May 19th, 2010:

  • ($16) The London Souls @ The Gramercy Theater
  • ($10) Apollo Sunshine @ Mercury Lounge

May 20th, 2010:

  • Sushioke #14
  • ($25-$45) The Proclaimers @ City Winery
  • (Free) Sonya Kitchell @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($80) Pearl Jam w/ Band of Horses @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($25) Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio feat. Kokayi & Jason Lindner @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($15) ALO @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • Free Live Hilarious Comedy: The Tweet Spot: The Twitter Game Show

May 21st, 2010:

  • ($80) Pearl Jam w/ Band of Horses @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($40) Jefferson Starship @ B.B. Kings
  • (SOLD OUT) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • ($30) Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio feat Kokayi & Jason Lindner @ The Jazz Standard

May 22nd, 2010:

  • (SOLD OUT) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • Adam Deitch @ Modern Drummer Festival – Montclair State University
  • ($10) Dig Deeper presents Bobby Patterson @ Southpaw
  • ($??) Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ The Brooklyn Bowl (Funk Live Meetup)
  • ($17) Marco Benevento Trio @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($10) Turbine @ Mercury Lounge

May 23rd, 2010:

  • ($35) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5

May 24th, 2010:

  • Go find something 🙂

May 25th, 2010:

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Live Hilarious Comedy: SRSLY LOL @ Metropolitan bar
  • ($8) The Six Figures (Louis Cato & James Casey) opening for The Brown / Hawk Syndicate w/ Drummers: Justin Brown & Dana Hawkins
  • ($??) Will Bernard, Trevor Dunn, Dan Weiss and Michael Blake @ Krozo
  • ($28 – $40) Imogen Heap @ The Hammerstein Ballroom
  • ($50-$75) Erykah Badu & Dj ?uestlove @ Roseland Ballroom

May 26th, 2010:

  • ($50) Bettye LaVette @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($32) The Yardbirds @ B.B. Kings
  • ($33) Coheed and Cambria @ Summer Stage

May 27th, 2010:

May 28th, 2010:

May 29th, 2010:

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($5) Chico Mann w/ Midnight Magic @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($45- $95) GLEE Concert @ Radio City Music Hall (oh yeah, you read this right) (3pm & 8pm)
  • ($30) Tribute to Ray Charles & Frank Sinatra @ B.B. Kings

May 30th, 2010:

  • ($45- $95) GLEE Concert @ Radio City Music Hall (oh yeah, you read this right) (3pm & 8pm)

May 31st, 2010:

  • ($35) The Coup @ Rocks Off Cruise (Funk Live Meetup)

    Nublu's May 2010 Schedule

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ The Brooklyn Bowl

There are certain artists, that when you say their name, you expect everyone in the vicinity to know that name.  You expect them to register your statement with a big bright smile on their face in recognition of the greatness of said name that just escaped your lips.  When I say Karl Denson, I immediately expect people to raise their heads, their glasses, and their hearts in salute to THE MAN who can manipulate a saxophone with the best of the best.  Often times, this doesn’t happen! Many of the greatest artists on the scene are, for lack of a better word, hidden, for those of us willing to seek them out.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ The Brooklyn Bowl

On the other hand, if I were to say Lenny Kravitz, everyone would know that name.  He is plastered all over the radio and TV and I don’t ever turn those contraptions on.  What is a radio again?  But, saying Lenny Kravitz‘s name, it would register, even with the most uneducated of music lovers.  What a lot of people do not know is that Karl Denson was in Lenny Kravitz‘s band years ago and where his fame grew.  Now, not to knock him by any means, but I have and never will go to a Lenny Kravitz concert.  Karl on the other hand…I will NEVER EVER EVER miss a Karl Denson show.  This past weekend at the Brooklyn Bowl, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe brought THE HOUSE DOWN with funky goodness two nights in a row.  I honestly, don’t know where to being…

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ The Brooklyn Bowl

I arrived at the venue with my friend. We thought we were running late but there was not even a line at the ID check and it was already past 9pm. OK?  Again, my point being made that people don’t know good music when it come and hits them in the face.   But no worries, the slow start gave us plenty of time to talk with friends, maneuver to the front and lay down our belongings, setting up for the rager that was about to take place.  Standing around a little while longer, still nothing so we took a trip outside.  While hanging out in the fresh air, a taxi pulls up and chills by the stage door.  My friend and I continue our conversation and see Pete Shapiro, owner of the Brooklyn Bowl and in my opinion, probably the luckiest man on earth, come out talking to a roadie.  “I have to pay the taxi,” he says, as Karl Denson steps out of the taxi and into view.  “Hi Karl,” I say, “JAM CRUUUUISE!”  He turns and smiles 🙂 My friend and I quickly turn away to make our way inside because NOW the show can commence!

I am at the Brooklyn Bowl so often, it seems funny to have to describe it in every review.  All I am going to say this time is that it is the coolest venue in all of New York City.  Hands down. Period.  End of story.  Get your fannys there as soon as you can.  Members of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe took the stage sometime between 10:10pm and 10:30pm. OK, right up front, I am telling you this is a long review, even for my standards…the show was three hours of straight raging funk from one of my favorite artists…it’s a doozie and worth the read!  🙂  The stage was set up as follows, from left to right:

David Veith (keyboards)

Chris Littlefield (trumpet)

John Staten (drums)

Karl Denson (saxophone/flute)

Chris Stillwell (bass)

Brian Jordan (guitar)

Chris Littlefield @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Chris Littlefield @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Oh man, what a line up.  Karl has put together a talented group of musicians who all deserve to be fronting their own bands.  I just truly love every single player in this group and I don’t say that often.  Karl came out in a jacket and slacks, Brian Jordan began strumming his guitar, Karl picked up the microphone and immediately blasted into Sister Jane. And at that point there was “nothing going on but a FUNKY SONG!!” Good lord!  He just slammed right into it.  The horns went at it.  He beckoned us to warm up our pipes and join the song.  There was shouts into the audience and we returned them.  “Ahh, Yaa, Yeah, Yoooo!!”  Karl fiercely laced into his saxophone, screaming at us with that blessed thing then throwing it down to pick up the tambourine.  First song into the night and I almost broke into tears!

Disclaimer:  If you truly read my blog, it becomes VERY CLEAR I am 11o% OBSESSED with Jam Cruise right off the bat!  Karl Denson is one of the few artists to have been blessed to be on all 8 of the cruises, in the various projects he works with.  He sounds threw me right back on to the boat and I got choked up for the first time of many that weekend.  I wish I could pass this happiness around in a bottle for yall to drink from.  I really do.  It would be priceless but I wouldn’t charge yall anyway 🙂

My fav shot of the night: Karl Denson

My fav shot of the night: Karl Denson

Karl adjusts his jacket as they move into Funky Song!  The horns blast off and the guitar picks it up.  A much more musically, specifically horn,  driven song then the lyrically charged songs that would follow throughout the night.  These are my favorite.  Just blow those horns.  There is some banter with the audience on Karl’s part.  Chris Littlefield gave us a hot trumpet solo and they move along into Family Tree.  Karl and Chris plugged their left ears as they sang their harmonies over each other.  Brian Jordan raged his guitar for this song and then it was David Veith showing us what he can do with his nimble fingers. For the first time, Karl places a contraption over his mouth piece, there is feedback before we hear this lovely sound coming from his horn. How does one describe the sound…a funky deep muffled sound. Karl picked up the flute and sang “just like the leaves of the family tree!!”  The song dipped into fingers into some nasty feisty jazz and Karl showed us his talents through the horn, ending with the screaming blast of Littlefield’s trumpet.

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Time for some interaction with the crowd.  Karl screams, “Happy spring!  The flowers are blooming.  I got my 1st artichoke the other day.”  He continued to talk about how he had left the plant in the ground after he thought he had killed it the previous season.  “Good thing I did, cause I got this artichoke!”  Right into The Clap, Jordan’s guitar beckoned us to dance with some help from the drums.  Karl joined in and then it was all about the “Soul Clap, Soul Clap,” as the venue joined together in unison, clapping, smiling, dancing.  All the while, Brian’s guitar gave us the prettiest melody amongst the horns sporadic honking.

With a menacing, funky assault from the horns, Grenadiers followed.  Karl Denson just brought his raging funky talent to the forefront for this solo. It was the grandest of the first set for sure.  The kind of solo that just stops you dead in your dancing tracks with your mouth hanging open.  SO MUCH TALENT!  Karl’s yummy muscles were bulging out of his as he brought it back to the dark, deep bassy on a tin can.  At this point, I am dancing around in the front row, trying to maintain my composure to take notes, and this guy gets all close to me.  Then a little closer.  And finally sticks his face in the side of my head and bolts away.  I turned around, confused.  “OMG!!,” he says.  “We thought your earrings were really giant gauges in your ear.  And we thought, HOLY SHIT! That is dedication!”  Oh people, if you could only see the earrings he was talking about.  And oh people, if you could understand how funny I would look with gauged ears that big.  Sorry, but its disgusting, eww! I can see why they were so intent on figuring it out or not!  Karl ended the song beating on a tin can and I was left smiling from another fun show interaction.

Chris Stillwell @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Chris Stillwell @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Can You Feel It was led in by some lovely humming, the “oohs” and “ahhs.”  Karl on the sax and the keys sounded like a flute.  I felt like the keys sound like the flute a lot of the time throughout the weekend.  Karl, with sweat dripping off his brow, gave us a jazz infused solo as Littlefield shook the shaker.  His eyes popped open with the blasts of the horn and he was bouncing all over.  The sound changed drastically with the bass leading the way.  Chris Stillwell is a monster, a technical genius.  My friend would later say:

“Stillwell is the consummate professional. As well as he is known, he’s still underrated. I don’t think there is a band or style of music he couldn’t fill in with on five minutes notice if needed.”

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

I agree 110%, I just wish I could have heard the bass a little louder for the position I was dancing in.  Karl breaks out the cheese grater with scratcher?? Haha.  They just had an arsenal of side toys to play with and make sounds, Karl almost always changing up the beat of his respective instrument throughout each measure.  And whenever they were done with their items, be it a water bottle or percussion instrument, they would throw it to the ground before picking up their horns! “Everybody on the street wants to make the night complete.” I was wanting more horns.  I look over and see my beautiful friend in the crowd.  She was new to Karl Denson as of that night and with her eyes closed, she was swaying and smiling.  I smiled wide as I knew she was soaking it all in.  I imagined what she must be feeling in the moment.  Hearing new music, especially new AMAZING music that you end up LOVING, is just the greatest swelling of a feeling.  It’s the establishment of a whole new relationship in your life.  For me, it’s religious.  “Let’s sing a little bit! It’s good for your soul,” shout’s Karl.  The crowd’s response was weak.  Karl places his hands behind his ears and the crowd peeks!  “Very nicely done NYC!” he says and that was the end of that.

Chris Littlefield @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Chris Littlefield @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Easily one of my top 10 favorite Karl song’s, Shake It Out makes you feel like you are straight up in church about to fall into the isle shaking like a crazy person.  There is not a lot of horn play during this song.  Littlefield with the tambourine and Karl with the shaker, they started to dance together and pretty soon, in unison, they danced out a funky little beat together across the stage.  The crowd loved it!  Brian raged through at the forefront of the song.  John Staten gave us a short but sweet drummer’s rage to close it out.

After this song, all my notes and memories get jumbled cause I had just danced all the blood out of my brain to my legs to try to keep up.  I think the last song of the set played was Brother’s Keeper, from their new CD “Brother’s Keeper.” Very little horn action and lots of lyrics in the beginning, somewhat making me long for Grey Boy Allstars…overall less lyrics.  But Karl did grab the flute for this one which is always beautiful.  John Staten gave us another MASSIVE drummer solo while Brian and the David laid out the background rhythm.  There was another slight unison dance between Karl and Littlefield.  Karl fitted the sound modifier over his mouth piece and closed out the set screaming his sax/guitar at the tops of its….lungs? I swelled up for the second time that night.  And now it was time for some fresh air with friends to discuss 🙂

NYC 04-23-10

Set 1

  1. Sister Jane
  2. Funky Song
  3. Family Tree
  4. The Clap
  5. Grenadiers
  6. Can You Feel It
  7. Shake It Out
  8. Brother’s

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ The Brooklyn Bowl
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Chris Stillwell and Brian Jordan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Chris Stillwell and Brian Jordan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

This was a great night of music, but I also meet some great music lovin fools who I feel will become wonderful additions to my life.  Tiny Universe took the stage for the second set and it was a full steam ahead blast of energy.  I am a little fuzzy at this point because I had to make my way through everyone and make a few pit stops before getting back to the stage.  I heard Oranges playing and knew I was missing the beginning. Bad Karen! But fun adventures are half the fun of live shows 🙂  As I made my way through the crowd, I realized that the venue was a lot more empty then I thought it would be, but by GOD it was full of energy. People were raging.  It was wonderful 🙂

Karl Denson @ the Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson @ the Brooklyn Bowl

With the shake of his tambourine, Soul Shifting & S&G would be the first song of the second set I would see.  FUNK, FUNK, FUUUUNK.  Say it with me now!  A lovely guitar by Brian Jordan with jaaazzzy horns.  I mean, the the Funk strings and drums clearly stood out, the Jazz horns clearly stood out yet they were so tight that it was just one insane song.  So good!  Emotional for the third time that night.  The keys were holding it down throughout the funky beat. Brian Jordan moved his hands up the neck of his guitar to create his desired sound! Ahh!  I can clearly hear the bass.  It was definitely louder second set, perhaps it wasn’t my location after all.   There was a beautiful moment between the drums and the flute. And odd lovely combination. They go to end the song in a blast. Not one, not two, but three.  Karl changes instruments, and then Blast! Blast. Now he was done. Sometimes, it’s just impossible to end a song 🙂

John Staten @ The Brooklyn Bowl

John Staten @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl smiles and that trademark beard moves with his face.  The keys light up the stage and to me, again, sound like a flute is being played.  Slowly up the scale he ran his fingers and the horns jumped in at the top. Explosions would be next.   This song is always so damn fierce.  FIERCE.  I started to pick the band apart, focusing on them individually. Littlefield pick up his water bottle and shakes it into the microphone, I tried desperately to hear it, but alas…  it was a funky dance party at this point and they chose to slow it down.  It got VERY low and VERY slow.  A lot of drag on the notes with a stormy echo of the guitar.  My notes say: “Trippy ass shit right here, man!” I was happy:) THEN FREAKING SMACK YOU IN YOUR FACE FANTASTIC RAGE!!!  Chris SLAMMED his drums, the horns screamed, the strings raged and the keys sang as they brought some FUNKY jazz flying to our ears and people SCREAMED!!!  Everyone was taken off guard!

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Brian Jordan comes out and is on the synthesizer while Chris Stillwell moves to the guitar.  I got so very happy because I was finally able to hear Stillwell in all his glory. Damn man.  His face never changes, he sometimes looks half asleep…he makes it looks effortless.  Karl talks about April 20th having just come and gone.  It had been his 20th anniversary.  MAJOR Happy Anniversary Karl!!  It was time for some songs off the new album.  Where It Counts brought some sick synthesizer funk!!  I mean…come on! Just go get the cd, immediately.  Chris Stillwell was SHINING!!  This song had a rock infused vibe to it.  “Sometimes you have to act like a fool!” sings Karl.  Karl starts talking about Bruce Lee and Coltrane and I lose track of what is going on.  Just out of my mind with energy.  The bass of the synth was so intense that I could hardly dance. It shook my legs so severely I just stood there and let the music quite literally massage me.  Karl announced that they were recording that night.  The venue screamed in unison.

Brian Jordan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Brian Jordan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Cosmopolitan was next.  I think.  They didn’t go by their set list and these songs were new.  Karl and Chris funked their horns in unison for a while.  I mean what can I say.  It was just rage after rage after rage  after rage and I didn’t want to think anymore. I didn’t want to take notes any more. I didn’t want to worry about set lists or anything. I just wanted to dance. Down went the pen, down went the camera and a few feet away from me down went someone’s beer…and they just left it.  It made it’s way all the way to me before I finally went and got some napkins to get the mess that was making its way to the speakers and wires the entire time.  Frustrated, I let the music sweep over me and bring me back to my happy place.  The flute came in and out, the horns blasted….it was just one thing after another and it was so intense and full of funky energy. I think there was a song called Soul Satisfied in there?  There is just something about FUNK energy, am I right?  Different music has different energies for sure!  MMMMM, JAZZY FUNK!!!

We left the venue sweating ourt butts off.  We made it a few blocks away before crashing in our spot to recover.  For another 40 minutes we contemplated not moving from that spot and just waiting for the doors to open for the following nights performance.  It was that good.  We were that addicted.  Thank you Karl, Happy Anniversary and see ya again tomorrow 🙂

NYC 04-23-10

Set II

  1. Oranges
  2. S&G
  3. Soul Driftin
  4. Expressions
  5. Where It Counts
  6. Cosmopolitan
  7. Apparently or Soul Satisfied? (unsure)

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….continued from previous The Kinetix & Zach Deputy Review

Zach Deputy @ Sullivan Hall (04.17.10)

Zach Deputy @ Sullivan Hall (04.17.10)

Upon re-entering Sullivan Hall, I took my spot to the right of the stage.  Immediately, I was aware of this loud, thumping bass coming from either above me, below me or the side.  It was obnoxiously loud, distracting, and I realized there was no way Zach Deputy‘s show would get into my ears  and brain with my ADHD self focusing on the thumping.  I had to move.  I took over some bar stools in the slightly elevated section to the left of the stage and awaited the show to begin.

Zach Deputy & I on Jam Cruise 8

Zach Deputy & I on Jam Cruise 8

Zach came out and sat down at his monstrous one-man-band contraption. “New York, New York! It’s been too long!”  He smiled.  Oh, if I could only explain his smile.  I believe that Zach Deputy might be one of the most fabulous musical spirits to ever roam this earth.  Spiritually, I hold him in high regard up there with George Porter, Karl Denson and all other musicians who live their life with good intentions, living by a wonderful moral code so full of love and respect, not abusing their status or talent.  There are SO many musicians out there who are in the industry for the wrong reasons or who use their fame and fortune in the wrong ways, hurting people as they move along their path.  Having met Zach on Jam Cruise last year, I immediately fell in love with him.  Not his music, not his style, just him as a human being.  A genuinely HAPPY man, with a heart of gold, someone who LOVES to hug, a head full of music and spirit full of such light that when he smiles, your mouth turns up without your brain even helping you master the action.  You catch your cheeks hurting just by standing in his presence.  That must sound so strange to him, to hear how people react to his shine.  But it’s true and I dare anyone to tell me otherwise when it comes to this wonderful soldier of music and love.

Zach Deputy @ Sullivan Hall (04.17.10)

Zach Deputy @ Sullivan Hall (04.17.10)

With his signature beard surrounding his wide smile, Zach picked up his guitar and went right into laying out the bass line with his voice.  Then a few other beats on top of that before he extended us his guitar talents in a little jam before bringing us into Can You Tell Me Right Now!  Good Vibrations was next.  I went to take pictures of Zach at this point as I felt his energy building, drawing me to the front where I normally reside. I got to the front of the stage and started to take a few shots.  Meanwhile, this girl behind me continually pinches my butt and giggling the whole time saying, “Oh my, I just keep grabbing things.”  I guess Zach just brings the “feisty” out of people! I turn to give the butt pinching dancer her space back and I spot my Jam Cruise buddy, swaying, with her eyes closed, completely lost in her own world dancing in her private area…completely at peace.  I remember getting a little choked up while watching her.  And it made me very happy we chose to come see Zach at that moment. We both needed him, his words, his lyrics, his sounds.

Banana Mafia sighting!

Banana Mafia sighting!

The third song was one I didn’t recognize.  It was called Make A Man Smile. There was a lovely jam by Zach before hand.  “All I wanna do is jam with Momma,” says Zach.  There are so many layers and levels to Zach songs sometimes they start to feel similar to me.  This was one of those times.  I can’t distinguish at this point where my notes for this song start or end.  I made my way to the floor to dance around a bit and get some water. IT WAS SO HOT!!!

More Cowbell!

More Cowbell!

Now Dr. Doctor I know, and I know well. Coming out with his strummy guitar leading the way in front of the vocal  beats, he brought us yet another tune surrounded by the love for a woman.  The guitar rift establishing the melody is looped and the beats are laid down.  A few high pitch cries, oohs and ahhs, lead the way into the song, and we know his backdrop for fun is complete…time for lyrics.  I love the lyrics to this song, simple, sweet: “Dr. Doctor, you ain’t got no remedy, no! I got my woman at home and she’s everything I need.”  Zach brought in the rock fused guitar solo to the end of the song.  People were clapping and swaying to the beat.  Just a real catchy tune!

Zach Deputy @ Sullivan Hall

Zach Deputy @ Sullivan Hall

Can I just mention how much I LOVE AMELIA!!?  She is the floor waitress at Sullivan Hall!  I just love her.  And it had to be said 🙂

Always brought us from heavy beats to a beautiful vibe change.  Zach gave us such a pretty guitar solo and the melody was lovely.  It got very mellow and the chatter began to build. I was able to sit down on the stool and just take it all in.   Zach continued with the gorgeous songs!  Lovely was his March 2010 studio single release and its just that, lovely. The lyrics spoke of being with each other but being so far away.  Zach sings ever so softly, “I wanna be with you tonight.”  With layers of oohs and ahhs, a beautiful melody over his multiple layers of sound.  This is one of those songs where the men should grab their girls and swing around, looking them in the eyes and just dance slow.

Next it was time for Fresh Street.  “All right people, are you ready to get down!!!!   It got fast, the strumming got tight and swift.  Zach was bouncing between microphones sounding like himself one minute and like T-Pain the next.  I loved this song!!   Zach fires out, “Little momma, little momma! Got it going on!!”  I mean, I am 5 feet zero so you know I was all about it…come on 🙂 This is such a upbeat jam, everyone was dancing.  I was off the stool and dancing to the song that was secretly written for me, he just doesn’t know it haha.  Zach finally brought me back to the Jam Cruise Jam Room on  this one and gave us a solid guitar rage.  When he said “Ohhh yeah!!,” we all respond in unison, people with hands in the air.  “I am feeling good, better then all right”…such good lyrics for this feisty tune.

Zach Deputy @ Sullivan Hall

Zach Deputy @ Sullivan Hall

It was super hot in the venue from the dancing and the energy. I felt the need to take a break outside.  As I left the venue, Zach headed into Valencia, a reggae-esque jammy tune.  Little adventures ensued outside, nothing special and then it was too cold haha.  Most Don’t Hear Real Music brought back the strummy guitar, a jammy tune, the familiar lay of the beats with his mouth ensued.  As Zach says, “I am music!” I can’t help but feel that he knows who he is as I watch him laying out every rhythm and beat and groove and emotion that songs are meant to evoke, all by himself.  He stops the beats for a mini guitar rage which was fun and with a hit of a button (or a flip of a switch?) he brought back the funky noises he had recorded only a few moments earlier.  The one man band is a rare talent but it limits you to your chair for sure unless you are wearing your arsenal of rage on your back!  🙂 He brought out the cowbell!  Loved it! His guitar made human sounds during this song.  SUCH GREAT LYRICS!!  “Most people never heard real music/ just a radio jam/ I got a little real music/because….and he screams, “Music is what I am,” bringing the venue to their toes and raging back.  This was high energy and funnnn!

Zach Deputy @ Sullivan Hall

Zach Deputy @ Sullivan Hall

Ain’t My Time to Get Burned was next.  A Deep heavy beat with a solid rift established and we danced and I spaced out.  A salsa/latin vibe filled the room as Zach’s guitar cried Into the Morning, Into the Night.  A few bumps of his mouth created the beat and so it goes on as he built up the song, releasing the simple lyrics, “Into the Morning, Into the Night.” A great beat infused with Latin rage, a very different style compared to the rest but still with the underlying Zach vibe.  It caught me off guard, no lyrics, just strumming of the guitar and mouthing “Into the Morning.”  Back to the Jam Room, Zach gave us a trippy spacey drone of his guitar.  A contemporary dancer was stunting around the dance floor, making some of the oddest movements I have ever seen.  I closed my eyes because the song asked me too.  It’s amazing to think one man on stage was making all these layered lovely songs.  There are only maybe 60 people in the venue at this point so the heat was not as overwhelming.   Zach screams, “JAM CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUISEEEE!!”  I swear, over half the venue cheered.  Was I really in a room with that many Jam Cruisers?  My girlfriend and I look at each other and scream at the top of our lungs!  We hug each other so hard and my heart swells again with emotion, for the boat, the music, my friend, just for my life.  Happy tears abounded and I again thanked Zach in my head for making it to us on this particular weekend.

The rest of the songs started to get blurry.  Things were starting to flow together, sound similar.  I was getting figgity, tired as hell from the night before.  I had to walk around but my legs hurt, literally hahah.  I went outside for another break of fresh air and some adventures ensued that kept me outside of the venue for a fair amount of songs. Damn, it was cold!   The last song was one that most should have known.  Off the album Sunshine, Twisty, Twisty, I first heard this song on Jam Cruise and remember the sun shining on our backs, the wind blowing in our hair.  This song is just so cute.  When I got back from Jam Cruise, sometime in March, I was watching old episodes of Cougar Town and I swore I heard it in the background! After a little search on Facebook, I found I was correct.  How funny!  The scene was a frat boy party type of environment where they were playing beer pong.  It fit perfectly!!  Zach sang, “Swirly, Swirly! The hurricanes’ a coming'”  and with some cowbell and the rage of his guitar, the song came to an end.  What was left of the crowd cheered.  It had really cleared out at this point.

Zach Deputy had done it again. He had come out onto an empty stage and given us such an upbeat dance party. With songs raging of love , peace, harmony.  His smile, so wide, so bright, that it FORCED us to smile throughout the show.  His songs so upbeat that they FORCED people off their butts and onto the dance floor.  He had taken his arsenal of rock and turned it into so many beautiful sounds.  As I scoop up my tired friend, we walked home reminiscing of Jam Cruise, of Zach’s set, comparing all the memories we now had of him in our heads.

Zach Deputy Set List: 4-17-10 @ Sullivan Hall

1- (jam) Can You Tell Me Right Now

2- Good Vibrations

3-  (jam) Make a Man Smile

4- Dr. Doctor

5- Always

6- Lovley/Another Dream/Lovely

7- Fresh Street

8- Valencia

9- Real Music

10- Ain’t My Time to Get Burned

11- Into the Morning

12- (jam) She Knows She Won

13- (jam) Your Loving is True

14- Happy Graduation

15- Twisty Twisty

Download: Zach Deputy Live at SUllivan Hall (04.17.10)

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"I've always enjoyed science and how much it translats to music" ~ Richie Goods

"I've always enjoyed science and how much it translats to music" ~ Richie Goods

Jazz Fusion!!! FUUUUUUUUSION!!!  This was to be special night of music.  First night of fusion music all year. God that word alone makes me tingly….There are certain things that are constantly stirring in the back of my head on any given day.  Oddly enough, there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think of fusion…of artists like Al Di Meola, Zawinul, Stanley Clark, Chick Corea, George Benson, Jean-Luc Ponty, George Duke.  Just their gorgeous sounds…I hear it in my head all the time…Oh dear lord, I’m getting heated.  If you have never listened to these artists, I DEMAND you download anything by them…IMMEDIATELY!

Return to Forever in Rochester, New York, 1976

Return to Forever in Rochester, New York, 1976

Those artists were my musical muses in that genre when I was growing up.  I remember buying my first Al Di Meola cd as all my friends were buying the new Dave Matthews Band cd, back in 9th grade.   I remember the looks I got and being told what a waste of money that was.  Some people just can’t be taught 🙂  I have to give a shout out to my father for playing jazz around me all my life and blocking MTV/VH1 and BET from the cable lineup! Thank you! Thank you!  Thank you!

Richie Goods somewhere in NY

Richie Goods somewhere in NY

Fusion is my favorite genre of music and for you funk lovers, I apologize but that is the way it is!  Nothing will ever change it.  The beauty about this evening was that Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion would be delivering a heavy hand of funk laden fusion music and I was SO HAPPY!!! Having been invited to the performance by Jeffery Lockhart, we spoke prior to the show and he sounded terrible.  The poor dear was sick as a dog but he is a rager and was making his way from Boston!  The show must go on…

Heading to the venue, terribly excited about shooting the show and reviewing it, I heard a piano player in the subway and saw an upright being played by the stairs.  How the HELL did he get that thing into the subway?   I knew I had to take a picture but as I want for my camera, it wasn’t there.   Are you kidding me?  I NEEEEEEVER forget my camera and there was no time to go and get it before the show started. I was devastated…yes, devastated.

Piano in subway...HOW on earth? LOL!!

Piano in subway...HOW on earth? LOL!!

I arrived at The Zinc Bar 30 minutes before the show.  Members of Nuclear Fusion were gathered near the front of the venue as the band playing before them was still occupying the stage.  There was poor Jeffery, half sprawled out on a couch trying to hold his head up and fighting the groggy meds.  Hugs and introductions were exchanged and the first thing Jeffery says…”Let me see that camera you work with!”  I about died, of course.  “That’s ok, you are talented and will figure it out.”  He’s a good man!

Being introduced to Lionel Cordew, a last minute drummer replacement, he was super chatty and nice.  We spoke about autistic children who are musical geniuses.  About the kid who writes complete symphonies in his head and only writes them out when he has finished mentally composing them.  And the kid who, once you ask him to play a song, can play it in any musical genre you want.  It’s amazing how the world works!  Richie Goods walks over and introductions make their rounds again.  He recalls me from our discussions over Facebook and smiles abound.  This is a great group of men, a great group of talent.  I am a lucky, lucky lady!

The Zinc Bar

The Zinc Bar

The Zinc Bar is just swanky cool, with a long bar to your left leading the way to a intimate space with the stage in the back.  There were oriental rugs under my feet and on stage, lovely jazz music like Etta James, Dean Martin and Billy Holiday being played on the speakers.  The small round tables were candlelit, 2 to 6 seaters, very intimate.  The lights were low and the mood was romantic. There were numerous people on dates and it was a good choice on whoever’s part as the music that night was perfect for date night!  Someone’s gettin’ lucky!!!

I take a seat in the front so I could ATTEMPT to capture pictures with my camera phone, yes, my camera phone.  Oh the horror….I am disgusted at my forgetfulness.  Especially, as I turned in my seat and saw Jeffery’s cheetah print guitar case that I so desperately wanted a picture of! Jeffery comes over and places his glasses on my table, “These are prescription,” and with that he takes to the stage with Richie Good and Nuclear Fusion.

Helen Sung ~ awesome!

Helen Sung ~ awesome!

Wait a minute, who was this lovely female sitting down at the keys? A FEMALE fusion keys player!  WORD!!!!!  Her name is Helen Sung and she is fierce. But more about her later…

The manager sees my notebook and pen and introduces himself.  He is the one and only Jean Claude of The Zinc Bar who has been with them 15 years and I felt like I knew him immediately.  An infectious character, his energy and charisma alone makes me want to go back to Zinc, just for a hug 🙂

After a little technical difficulty with the amps, it was show time.  The stage, from left to right, went: Lionel Cordew on drums, Richie Goods on bass, Helen Sung on Keys and Jeff Lockhart on the guitar. Yes sir! Sound check commenced, I heard the bass tease a little and I sat a little straighter in my chair. The immediate thought I had in my head, which I scribbled into my notes at that point was: There is so much positive to embrace right now, it’s quite easy to release the negative. The music hadn’t even started yet and already I was getting emotional in my heart and poetic in my mind.  All it took was a strum of Richie’s bass.

What a lovely combination of artists.  And Jean Claude fully agreed.  Introducing the band in his lovely thick French accent, he fiercely praised Richie Good as they had been working together for over 15 years. What a friendship.  As he descended the stage to let them play, he literally skipped away with happiness.

Going right into the first song, a medley of tunes written by Richie and intro written by Helen called Soul Glow, they got it started.  The introduction to the song showcased Helen and I was immediately hooked.  A female fusion keys player…I loved it!  After Helen brought us in with the fusion, Richie and Jeff picked it up with the funk.  Jean Claude makes his round to the front screaming: “YES! YES!” It’s Jeffery’s turn to plug a solo, filling the space that needs to be filled.  Richie’s bass is funk throughout and Helen’s smile never fades as she keeps the fusion sound flowing through the funky bass laden song.  Jean Claude comes over to my table, kisses me on the check and darts off again.  Jeffery gave us a lovely solo again before he nods everyone else into the mix for the ending.

Helen Sung and Jeffery Lockhart @ The Zinc Bar

Helen Sung and Jeffery Lockhart @ The Zinc Bar

Sorceress by Lenny White would be next.  Jean-Claude screams “Talk to me now! Yes! Bring it!”  Richie’s bass teases in the guitar.  I was reminded of Victor Wooten and focused directly on Richie.  The scene on stage was not loud and intense by any means but the feelings that were coming off of Richie’s facial expressions were deep and it looked like he was screaming when he played.  This was his time to shine….he raged, slapping the bass with funk, for a solid 3 minutes.  Moving to the front of the stage and radiating his feelings of music through his body and out his fingers.  And then it was time for the Nuclear team to come together.  Jeffery has some major foot play with his pedals.  There was a lot of droney note holding and manipulations of his sound.  At one point it reminded me of the Sirens from Oh Brother, Where Art Thou!  After some playful instrumental banter between Jeffery and Helen, Helen moved forward with Richie to lead the song. I LOVED HELEN!  I just loved how her fingers swiftly and fiercely struck the keys, she barely taped them it appeared.  Her fusion vibe threaded through out every song that night under the funky beat of the strings. It was now time for a drummer solo rage from Lionel.  He was chewing gum and is also a face making machine so it provided for some interesting combination of looks!!  This was his first time playing with the group as the original drummer, Mike Clark, was unable to make it.  (Jeffery coughs ~ Poor Jeffery) Helen soloed again and Jeffery snuck in with a few scraps of strums of his strings. At this point, a conga player (later find out his name is Victor Jones) sat down at some rouge congas and started playing.  Smiles between the players abounded.

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion @ The Zinc Bar

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion @ The Zinc Bar

Welcome to The Zinc Bar,” says Richie as he addresses the crowd for the first time that night!  He shouted out the names of tunes which helped me drastically.  He explained that this 3rd song is what he feels a fusion/jazz/funk band might sound like in the desert, thus Desert Jam ensued.  The opening solos by Richie and Helen were gorgeous.  It was ethereal, floaty throng of space action, beautiful bass play over the twinkling of the keys.  One of only two original songs on his CD, Desert Jam was slow, gorgeous, light.  Eyes were closed, light taps on the cymbals.  Mmm, bouncy bass, funky keys and guitar together….definitely a tune with its fingers in some kind of Arabic/tribal undertones.  They conversed on a solo and Jeffery was to take the reins first.  He took his trip around the desert and it was AWESOME!!!! With a slow, strummy pickin’ of his guitar, changing his sounds as the others on stage gave him a pallet of to fill in the blanks at his leisure.  There is a time and place for every note to be played.  Jeffery knows when to hit it, when to wait, when to plow in and when to give slow restraint.  Heavy deep drawn out notes come from his guitar as if he were having a fight in that desert.  It was upbeat, as if he came to fight and with their shifty eyes, the group all came back together in play.  Richie rages a high noted solo that brought him up on his toes!!  It was deep and brought a bit of funk to an other wise relaxing song.  Lionel’s sticks go down and he uses his fingers and hand on the drums to get his sounds heard! I started picturing camels, sand, oasis…I quite literally felt Richie Goods had encapsulated just what a funk/jazz/fusion band would sound like in the desert.  It was my favorite song of the night.

Helen Sung and Jeffery Lockhart @ The Zinc Bar

Helen Sung and Jeffery Lockhart @ The Zinc Bar

It was time for Richie to address the crowd again.  “Judging by what I think your ages are I think you all might know this song.  However, not many people have heard it in a jazz vein before.  It’s a pop tune from the 80’s and I want to see how many of yall figure it out.” (Jeff coughs – poor, poor Jeff)  And they went into it!!  Richie started off with his bass, picking up the intro to the song, a sexy sound came from the bass.  It took me until Helen played the chorus on the keys to realize it was Shout by Tears of Fears.  Honestly, I only knew the lyrics and was singing it under my breath as soon as it started but couldn’t place the band.  But they certainly “let is all out” during this song.  I always love hearing songs being performed out of their styles. It’s one of the beautiful things about music.  I love manipulation of sounds.  With both Jeffery and Richie playing in unison, Lionel was granted a little drummer rage and then Helen.  Richie smiled as Jeffery holstered his guitar on his leg, the song turns into a jammy jammy tune when Helen raged the keys, as Richie blasts that giant white smile of his! So cute! Even though this song was one everyone knew at points, during the solos and the breakoffs you would never know what song it was.  Improvisation is one of the beauties of fusion.  Everyone plays and it comes together to create a complicated grouping of sounds that work as one.  Then it was a full stop, you could hear a pin drop, and then the drum SLAMS into a FUNKY beat, the remaining players bring the song to a close.

Richie Goods and Nuclear   Fusion Live

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion Live

Man, so at this point some drunk girl tried scatting…it was HORRID!  Being ADHD and being able to hear EVERYTHING in the background like a damn (insert non-hard of hearing animals type here), it overwhelmed my senses immediately and immediately began ruining my experience.  So, being the bratty musical bitch I am, it only took me a few minutes before I finally had to just turn around, look her dead in the eyes and just say fiercely, “NO WAY MAN! STOP!”   A few patrons clapped and smiled at me and I knew I had done the right thing. I didn’t feel like a bitch anymore hahahaha!

Time for the CD plug!!!  Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion: Live at The Zinc Bar!! I was lucky enough to be given a CD by Jeffery and have been listening to it the entire time I have been sitting here writing.  It is gorgeous and fun and pretty and full of funky fusion vibes.   I encourage you all to buy it.

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion @ The Zinc Bar

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion @ The Zinc Bar

The last song was another Lenny White cover called Dark. The strings and drums start off the first few measures as the keys float in shortly after.  Helen stood out in my ears during this song.  As well as Richie’s giant smile! I had run to the restroom at this point and on the way back, caught myself dancing behind the tables and the hippie in me wanted to call everyone to their feet.  The KAREN in me wanted to run around pulling everyone out of their seat 🙂 It’s hard to sit down at concerts…SERIOUSLY hard for me! Richie came in with another bass solo that brought him to the front of the stage, back up on his toes when he hit those higher notes.   He is non-stop with that bass.  His flow, his determination, his body movements, his facial expressions…he is a whole package of funky fusion bass playing and I fell in love with his sound and energy that night.  He has the distinction of being the youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame. I encourage you all to check him out immediately.  He must have raged his solo for at least 5 minutes.  It was FUNKY with what felt like Latin undertones coming through…hot, slow, fast, just HOT! The Latin vibe made way for the fusion/funk again and the droney sounds of Jeffery’s guitar picked up and the pedal work commenced.  Helen backs out on the keys and it’s over. Just like that.

There were two sets played that night. I enjoyed the first set so much that I remained for the entirety of the second.  During the set break, Jeffery sat down and we talked about music, family, him being sick and feeling like death. Poor Jeffery!  I asked him what influenced him to pick up a guitar and he explained that his brother had brought home a Jimi Hendrix CD and played Purple Haze.  Yeah, I can see how that might want to make someone pick up a guitar also hahaha!   The second set was identical to the first with a few rearrangements of the song set list and with a whole new sound of improvisational jazzy funk fusion.  Richie blasted right into his bass rage and I knew their first set had warmed them up for an explosive second. And so I closed my notebook, propped my feet up and soaked up every note with a huge smile on my face.  Thank you Richie Goods for putting together a fantastic set of artist and making my Wednesday night complete!


1. Ongoing – Spring Creek Park (77th Street and 156th Avenue) – The resident at Lots 35 and 48 in Block 11456 in Queens/Brooklyn  appear to have extended their fence line into what is known as “forever wild” parklands.  The land is not landscaped.  (09/11/06 – Rcvd email from Kaitilin Griffen initiating contact about encroachment.) (09/21/06 – Rcvd information from Dominick Cusamano.  Rcvd Map of encroachment with various pictures and highlights.) (12/06/06 – Lesley still waiting on Title report to determine easement was removed. Kaitilin states that she is not aware of an easement on this property and wants to speak with Lesley.) (12/14/07 – Lesley emailed Kaitilin with various questions that needed to be answered before she proceeds.) (07/16/06 – Rcvd Memo from Commissioner Lewandowski’s Office regarding encroachment see notes below)(07/24/07 – Rcvd email from Katlin stating that we are no longer to pursue this file until Antonios contacts our office as he is working with Josh Liard on the matter.) (10/01/09 –Rcvd correspondence from Commissioner Lewandowski’s Office regarding all the letters and documents that Mr. Jackson has written us.)  (10/21/09 – No action was taken towards this case for some time as it appears the notes and documentation is all misplaced.  Possibly closed and archived.  However, it was resurrected through the grapevine.  Please see notes below. There are also numerous sites mentioned in the memo from Commissioner. Lewandowski that we have not pursued or been asked to pursue.)

a. Ongoing – Block 11456/ Lot 35 – (Lesley) Mr. Ross and Diane Jackson are maintaining an illegal encroachment at site.  Specifically, they have installed a fence at site. (07/16/07 – Rcvd memo from Commissioner Lewandowski’s office stating that the Jackson’s were interested in purchasing this portion of the park, and therefore brought it to Parks attention.)(10/01/09 – Rcvd correspondence from C.L’s office containing letter from Mr. Jackson stating that he has been communicating with the office for two years and has yet to get a response to his query of purchasing the land.)  (10/21/09 – Made Lesley aware of the correspondences and that she might have to write a response.)

b. Ongoing – 155-18 77th Street – Block 11456 – Lot 113, 48, 40 & 36 – (Lesley) Mr. Giovanni Peconic is maintaining illegal encroachment at site. Specifically, he has installed a driveway, shed, play equipment, a PVC fence, and construction equipment and debris at site.  (10/09/09 – Letter written to Mr. Peconic. Required to remove all illegal property by December 1, 2009.) (10/20/09 – Antonios confirmed that the PRM is Macceau Medozile.)

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