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What Happened to Television?

The Greyboy Allstars

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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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Still Funky After All These Years

After a ten year hiatus from recording studio albums, the Greyboy Allstars are back, and their new effort does not disppoint. From the ridicu-Funk found on V-Neck Sweater, Left Coast Boogaloo, and Deck Shoes, which is reminiscent of earlier work, to the James Brown-esque Still Waiting, GBA shows that they still have it. On Old School Cylons, we are greeted with an incredibly interesting and rich soundscape that is comparable to the fusion-infused Herbie Hancock albums such as Headhunters, Thrust, and Man-Child. In this case, the maturity and communication of 5 accomplished jazz musicians is well exhibited. The band also makes a fanciful foray into previously unexplored waters with How Glad I Am - a song that features the soaring, sweet vocals of Inara George and The Living Sisters. This new turn proves that the GBA are not afraid of trying new things and executing them as though they were second-nature. Enough about the individual tracks. The bottom-line here is that I have been anxiously anticipating the release of this album for over seven years. Needless to say, there is a lot that it must live up to. I feel that these gentlemen have done an exemplary job of both giving the hardcore fans what they wanted to hear and of evolving and growing their sound to one of new and interesting proportions. If you like jazz, funk, or just plain old good music, this album would be a good buy for you.

funky stuff

The third album by this Bay Area collective and definitely worth checking out if you like the syncopated sounds of interwoven clavinet, fender rhodes, hammond B3, smokey alto sax, jazz flute, wah-wah guitar and a sound reminiscent of the best late 60s early 70s funk-jazz (think early Kool & the Gang, Tower of Power, etc...). The rhythm section is unbelievably tight, locked in and the tunes are primarily instrumental which is the way this music should be enjoyed with a direct connection to your "money maker". You'll find yourself bobbing your head!

the allstars rule

it's been too long. no, not the "bay area" allstars-- san diego's own, greyboy allstars. many of us have been yearning for their return. i find it offensive that itunes categorizes this as rock... gimme a freakin break. this is good stuff, chief

Biography

Formed: 1993 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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...
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