Friday Funk: Karl Denson's Sexual Chocolate

Words By Karen Dugan (Tiny Rager)

With outstanding talent, worth ethic and enthusiasm, Karl Denson is one of the most respected men in the Funk music community. Amazing us with his saxophone and flute skills, among other instruments, Karl Denson fronts bands such as Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Greyboy Allstars! But have you ever heard of his involvement with Sexual Chocolate?

If you haven’t already watched it, go rent Coming to America! Eddie Murphy plays many rolls throughout the movie but the best role was as the band leader of Sexual Chocolate. And who’s playing saxophone for this gnarly band? None other than our beloved Karl Denson.

For many years Sexual Chocolate was out of commission but lucky for us, Karl Denson decided to breathe life into this fictional band by performing a funky Sexual Chocolate set on Jam Cruise 8 in January of this year.

Backing Karl on stage was an allstar cast consisting of the members of KDTU, Debrissa McKinney (Josh Phillips Folk Festival), Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Jans Ingber and Liza Oxnard (The Motet). And a super special surprise came when legendary harmonica player Lee Oscar (WAR), a guest on the boat, came out on Galaxy, am actual WAR cover.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Live at Theatro Carlo Felice on January 7, 2010. <---Direct Archive Link

1. ...banter... (2:01)
2. Front Money (5:57)
3. Galaxy (13:25)
4. Groovy Thing (5:15)
5. Fallin' (6:06)
6. Flute Down (8:54)
7. Mighty Rebel (9:23)
8. Groove On (9:31)


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