11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the mid-1990s, San Diego’s Greyboy Allstars established themselves as an act to be reckoned with, thanks to their soulful, sophisticated blend of jazz, funk, and boogaloo. Yet, in the decade following 1997’s excellent A Town Called Earth, the quintet stayed out of the studio and toured only infrequently, as keyboardist Robert Walter led his own 20th Congress and reed man Karl Denson pursued his Tiny Universe project. A 2006 reunion tour precipitated a return to the studio, with old cohort (and namesake) DJ Greyboy as co-producer. The result is a focused, lively album that finds the band branching out, as on their cover of Nancy Wilson’s “How Glad I Am,” featuring vocal trio the Living Sisters. While “Deck Shoes” (with Denson on flute), “Left Coast Boogaloo,” and the title track emphasize their smooth, supple side, “V Neck Sweater” is funk of a much heavier nature, and “Knowledge Room” calls to mind the fusion experiments of the early ‘70s. While “Give the Drummer Some More” and “Still Waiting” owe a nod to James Brown, the dreamy “Pigeons Under Water” owes more to Roy Ayers. Denson and Walter always shine, but the secret weapon remains guitarist Elgin Park, whether providing fleet lead work or surging rhythm.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the mid-1990s, San Diego’s Greyboy Allstars established themselves as an act to be reckoned with, thanks to their soulful, sophisticated blend of jazz, funk, and boogaloo. Yet, in the decade following 1997’s excellent A Town Called Earth, the quintet stayed out of the studio and toured only infrequently, as keyboardist Robert Walter led his own 20th Congress and reed man Karl Denson pursued his Tiny Universe project. A 2006 reunion tour precipitated a return to the studio, with old cohort (and namesake) DJ Greyboy as co-producer. The result is a focused, lively album that finds the band branching out, as on their cover of Nancy Wilson’s “How Glad I Am,” featuring vocal trio the Living Sisters. While “Deck Shoes” (with Denson on flute), “Left Coast Boogaloo,” and the title track emphasize their smooth, supple side, “V Neck Sweater” is funk of a much heavier nature, and “Knowledge Room” calls to mind the fusion experiments of the early ‘70s. While “Give the Drummer Some More” and “Still Waiting” owe a nod to James Brown, the dreamy “Pigeons Under Water” owes more to Roy Ayers. Denson and Walter always shine, but the secret weapon remains guitarist Elgin Park, whether providing fleet lead work or surging rhythm.

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About The Greyboy Allstars

An acid jazz band that focuses more on jazz than groove-oriented dance music, the Greyboy Allstars came together in 1993 when noted rare-groove DJ Greyboy (aka Andreas Stevens) met up with Karl Denson, a saxophone player who was then touring with Lenny Kravitz. The pair collaborated on two tracks for Ubiquity Records' Home Cookin' compilation, and then worked on Greyboy's 1994 solo album for Ubiquity, Freestylin'. After forming their own label, Greyboy Records, the duo gradually amassed members for a house band -- guitarist Michael Andrews (formerly with the Origin), bassist Chris Stillwell, drummer Zak Najor, and keyboard player Robert Walter. The Greyboy Allstars toured around the area and in 1995 released their debut album, West Coast Boogaloo (with contributions from groove legend Fred Wesley). Tours throughout Europe and the States followed that year (as well as a second solo album from Greyboy himself), and the group released a concert document, Live, in April 1997. Two months later, the Greyboy Allstars released their second studio LP, Town Called Earth, recorded with a recent recruit, guitarist Elgin Park. Apart from Greyboy, Karl Denson and Robert Walter have each recorded solo LPs as well. As a group, Greyboy returned in 2007 with What Happened to Television? and in 2013, the Greyboy Allstars delivered the album Inland Emperor. ~ John Bush

  • ORIGIN
    San Diego, CA
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • FORMED
    1993

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