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Dance Lesson #2 by Karl Denson
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Saxophonist Karl Denson may not have the name recognition enjoyed by new-jack jazzmen such as Charlie Hunter or Medeski, Martin & Wood, but that should change with Dance Lesson #2, his Blue Note debut. A versatile player, Denson played with Lenny Kravitz in the early '90s and helped found the acclaimed if short-lived Greyboy Allstars in the mid-'90s. He's also cut a handful of albums on small labels, the early ones more straight-ahead and the later ones more locked into the groove thing. Here, Denson's work on alto, tenor, and flute rides the dance-floor jazz groove with the melodic sense of Herbie Mann and the immaculate funk timing of Maceo Parker, who is undoubtedly an influence. An all-star cast of sidemen that includes Melvin Sparks, Charlie Hunter, Chris Wood, and DJ Logic urge Denson on by holding nothing back themselves. This set is also diverse--while some tunes delve deep into the groove, others verge on smooth jazz, making for a nicely paced, well-crafted album. --Tad Hendrickson
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I've given this album repeated listenings in a sincere effort to give it more than its fair shot, but haven't been able to overcome my initial feeling of disappointment. The album starts out promisingly with the tight funk groove of Dance Lesson #2. But from there it quickly subsides into an undifferentiated succession of flat mid-tempo jams that shuffle along in seemingly sleepwalk-like state. The songwriting is unoriginal, and the playing is uninspired, almost smug. Major labor debuts don't have to be like this (witness the new Soulive album, for example).
Don't get me wrong, everything GROOVES here -- hence, three stars. But, as someone familiar with the quality of Denson's work with the Greyboy Allstars and as a solo artist, I have to say this is pretty mediocre. It's a shame that Denson, for whatever reason, presents less than himself in his "big debut." Get his other stuff first, then check this out if you want more, but not necessarily better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Let's face it, it's classic Denson! Just a great compilation here of some veary funky toons. Buy it, you will not be dissiponted!Published 10 months ago by chris
I was, and am a big fan of greyboy allstars, when I read that Karl Denson was going to do a solo with DJ Logic I was very excited. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by william a. roesler
As a long-time Karl Denson and Greyboy Allstar fan, this is definitely one of my favorite albums to put on at a party or just by myself. Read morePublished on April 3, 2007 by L. Kindig
I've been listening to Karl Denson since 1993 94 when he was in the Greyboy Allstars. But at that tme would only see him live at cool clubs. Read morePublished on March 23, 2004 by Jacqueline
This album is great. I LOVE Karl Denson's unique brand of music. I highly, highly reccomend this disc to any Jazz, Jamband, hip-hop or funk fan. Read morePublished on October 6, 2003 by Joel
Puede que hayas oido hablar del jazz fusión, o de la mezcla de funk y jazz. Bien, este trabajo es una excelente muestra de estos dos estilos, y en ocasiones, hay... Read morePublished on February 14, 2003 by Jose
This is really great Jazz/Funk music.Excellent musicianship throughout,a real uplifting and fun CD.Published on September 19, 2001