Don’t miss Karl Denson if he comes anywhere close to your area-500 miles is reasonable, but travel as far as you can-it will be a fantastic time. If this is the only time you get out to a concert, although it is pretty obvious it’s not, you will finish the evening exhausted (if you are like me and love to boogie even in confined spaces). Even before the band came on, the drink was put to rest and the shoelaces were partially loosened as I made room to wiggle my fancy feet, well what I mean is, I don’t sometimes know how I’m dancing because I really don’t feel my conscious-self.

Anyway, Karl Denson was tight with transitions, powerful with his saxophone, and accompanied by excellent musicians. Extended instrumental dance lessons, as they sometimes are referred to, were plentiful and often joined by soulful lyrics to match. This included joined choirs from each member of the band, fans obliged with huge cheers in return. A demonstration in excellence for their performance at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis. These gentlemen were on the circuit of musical movement that near everyone in the crowd was feeling. It was intense, yet relaxing, as we sat back and sucked in soul from a most fabulous source.

There were songs recognizable from their new disc, Dance Lessons #2, but it went way beyond tracks off a studio disc. It brought, at least for me, another opening in that boundary, a movement where only music takes us. This symposium is being written while jamming to Karl D & the Greyboy Allstars on The D Stands for Diesel. Another excellent composition of groove music, yet barely breaches the level of KD, the Tiny Universe and what the live experience unfolds. I cannot wait to see this group of musicians again, as this was only my second time seeing the Universe. Right now you can imagine me grooving in this new universe, a movement exploding from Karl Denson and everyone associated.

Mikey Shearer
JamBase | Minneapolis
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[Published on: 12/8/01]

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