THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS

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The Greyboy Allstars are a San Diego jazz group created in the early 1990s. The founding members of the group were Karl Denson, Robert Walter, Chris Stillwell, Elgin Park, AKA Mike Andrews, and Zak Najor. The group was formed following the successful earlier collaboration of Dj Greyboy with Denson on the albums Home Cookng and Freestylin’, and originally featured Dj Greyboy playing tracks over the core bands instrumentals. The Greyboy Allstars mix soul jazz with a blend of hip hop beats, creating a unique style of music. In 1995, The Greyboy Allstars released their first album, "West Coast Boogaloo," featuring trombonist Fred Wesley. Since then, the band have produced a concert document known as "Live" and their second studio LP, "A Town Called Earth". They will release What Happened to Television on April 17, 2007, their first album since 1997.

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THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS West Coast Boogaloo (with Fred Wesley) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
West Coast Boogaloo (with Fred Wesley)
Funk Jazz 1994
THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS A Town Called Earth album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
A Town Called Earth
Acid Jazz 1997
THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS What Happened to Television album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
What Happened to Television
Acid Jazz 2007
THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS Inland Emperor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Inland Emperor
Acid Jazz 2012

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Live
Acid Jazz 1999

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THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS West Coast Boogaloo (with Fred Wesley)

Album · 1994 · Funk Jazz
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The Greyboy AllStars debut album, West Coast Boogaloo, is a fresh reinvention of an old jazz theme - chill grooves fortified with killer musicianship make for great listening. in 2016, these guys are well known. In 1995, it was the presence of Fred Wesley of James Brown fame that lent name credibility to this project. It still went unnoticed, but is a terrific addition to those who like their jazz straight with a smooth chaser. "Tenor Man" would become saxman Karl Denson's signature song. These guys have become legends on the jam band circuit. The more jazz less funk formula works for them. This album should interest all collectors from the Sonny Stitt/Groove Holmes/Rusty Bryant Prestige Records era of the '60's and '70's. Wesley is in top form and his funky jazz chops blend well with the young musicians from California.

THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS What Happened to Television

Album · 2007 · Acid Jazz
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If you like Acid Jazz, groove heavy nu-jazz, funky groove jazz with a side of grease then this is the album for you. The Grey boy All Stars proved they were legit throwbacks with their 1995 debut. That album, titled West Coast Boogaloo, lives up to it's title admirably and features the mighty Fred Wesley who give his patented funk stylings added throwback appeal. All musicians here have become stars among the jam band circuit and lend credence to the myth awesome musicians don't have to sell out their sound to big labels in order to make an authentic product and earn a solid living.

THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS A Town Called Earth

Album · 1997 · Acid Jazz
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In the late 80s a culture arose around DJs who would spin hard to find old funk jazz and instrumental RnB records. Eventually musicians caught on to this demand for old school dance grooves and the acid jazz movement was born. Much like an actual DJ set, these bands didn’t fuss much over melody or arrangement and headed straight for the funky groove that kept the party going. The acid jazz scene arrived a bit late in the US, but when it hit the west coast in the early to mid 90s, it hit big. The Greyboy All-Stars were probably one of the most popular bands from that 90s west coast scene and “A Town Called Earth” was their release in 97 when the scene was starting to fade.

This CD pretty much provides the vibe that people were looking for at the time with plenty of funky jazz that draws heavily on artists such as The JB’s, Eddie Harris and Herbie Hancock. Like most other bands in the acid jazz scene, the All-Stars don’t bother much with melody and their arrangements are bare bones simplicity, but the grooves and solos on here are very good for some young cats. The lack of sophistication in these younger bands might have to do with the fact that these were funk-jazz musicians who were mostly influenced by previous funk-jazz bands, instead of coming up through a more technically demanding post-bop scene as the 60s and 70s inventors of funk jazz had. For instance, by the time Herbie Hancock was experimenting with funk, he had a wealth of musical knowledge behind him in other genres.

Anyway, as mentioned earlier, the All-Stars grooves hold up well against the classic bands they emulate and the solos that fill these tracks are good too, particularly woodwinds whiz Karl Denson. Most of the funk numbers on here are solid, but the band is less successful when they head to more artsy abstract material. The CD’s title cut is an overly lengthy shot at a retro avant-garde psychedelic jam complete with amateur sitar playing and backwards noises, but these more outside type attempts are just not this band’s forte. Listening to this entire CD can get fatiguing, but there are plenty of good tracks on here that would compliment any funk/jazz/dance mix tape.

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