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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe 

Tuesday, December 7, at House of Blues.

Karl Denson brings the funk to Cleveland once again, powered by his shiny silver flute and lungs that just won't quit. Denson is a flute evangelist of sorts, converting his instrument from fussy to funky and making true believers out of his audiences. His songs perch quietly at first, as he slowly builds them -- then they rise and stretch into sweat-fueled funk marathons. True, the music may transport you to other worlds in your mind, but the point of Karl Denson's 10-minute fusions of jazz, funk, and soul is not to make you think hard; it's to make you dance hard. During a trip through the Tiny Universe, the bass line is the only thing in the room that will pump harder than your heart.

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