The Greyboy Allstars

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The Greyboy Allstars
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The Greyboy Allstars 2011 Brooklym
Background information
Also known asGBA
OriginSan Diego, California, U.S.
GenresSoul Jazz, Acid Jazz
Years active1993–present
LabelsKnowledge Room Recordings
Websitewww.greyboyallstars.com
MembersKarl Denson
Robert Walter
Chris Stillwell
Elgin Park
Aaron Redfield
Past membersZak Najor
Alan Evans
DJ Greyboy
Eric Kalb

The Greyboy Allstars are an American soul-jazz band from San Diego, California, United States, whose current members include Karl Denson on Saxophone, Robert Walter on Keys, Mike Andrews (under the pseudonym Elgin Park) on guitar, Chris Stillwell on bass and Aaron Redfield on drums. They have released six albums to date.

History[edit]

Initially formed in 1993 as the backing band for rare groove luminary DJ Greyboy. DJ Greyboy and saxophonist Karl Denson (who was touring with Lenny Kravitz at the time) collaborated on two tracks for Ubiquity Records' Home Cookin' compilation, and then worked on Greyboy's 1994 solo album for Ubiquity, Freestylin'.[1] After forming their own label, Greyboy Records, the duo gradually amassed members for a house band".

The founding members included Denson, guitarist Mike Andrews (under the pseudonym Elgin Park),[2] keyboardist Robert Walter, bassist Chris Stillwell, and drummer Zak Najor.[2] The Greyboy Allstars started playing weekly at San Diego’s now defunct Green Circle, weekends at San Francisco’s Elbo Room and various clubs throughout Europe.

Their debut album, West Coast Boogaloo, was self-released in 1994, and featured Fred Wesley on Trombone of James Brown fame.[2] Two years later, Live was released, followed by Town Called Earth two years after that. In 1998, the band scored Jake Kasdan's movie Zero Effect, under the direction of Mike Andrews. After dominating the jam-jazz scene of the ’90s, "the band parted ways in late 1999 to allow its members to take the creative steps necessary to stay musically fresh." and drummer Zak Najor officially departed the touring group.[3]

In 2007, the original band (including Najor) reunited in the studio and released their third album, What Happened to Television?;.[4] Robert Walter revealed that “Zak is not touring with us anymore, he is on the album and he is a big part of the album, but he just doesn’t want to go on the road at all.”[3] The band played several live shows with new drummers including Eric Kalb and Alan Evans (from Soulive) before current GBA drummer and San Diego native Aaron Redfield officially joined the band.

Inland Emperor, the band's next studio album, was released in 2013.[2][5]

In June 2017, the band published several photos from recording sessions for their latest record and announced that a new album was coming. On December 17, the band released a track called "Rudolph’s Lament", described as "one of our favorite tunes from the outtakes bin... a spacey Waltz that found itself as an outlier on our upcoming release."[6] 2018 saw the band return to soundtrack work with Mike Andrews for the Jennifer Lopez film Second Act.

In June 2020, the band officially announced that their next studio album, Como De Allstars, and first in seven years, would be released July 3, 2020. They released the first single "Como De Allstars". Elgin Park shared: “I think it’s more important to remember the power we all have to make change in our own lives and society in general. We made the point at the time because we felt it was relevant then, but in extreme times like these, we’re reminded that the power of our collective voice is needed more than ever.” [7]

It was also announced that their classic and long out of print album West Coast Boogaloo would be getting reissue/remaster treatment and released on vinyl by Light in the Attic. It was re-released August 7, 2020[7] In addition to their work together in The Greyboy Allstars, Stillwell and Denson perform together in the saxophonist's Tiny Universe.[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Bush. "Greyboy Allstars | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-03-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c d Bush, John. "Greyboy Allstars". AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b http://marqueemag.com/2007/04/greyboy-allstars-reform-and-explore-what-happened-to-tv-with-dj-greyboy/
  4. ^ Horowitz, Hal. "Greyboy Allstars: What Happened to Television?". AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Milburn, Robert (June 2013). "Inland Emperor: The Greyboy Allstars (Knowledge Room Recordings)". The New York City Jazz Record. No. 134. p. 30.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ a b https://floodmagazine.com/78733/the-greyboy-allstars-speak-to-the-importance-of-self-empowerment-on-como-de-allstars/?fbclid=IwAR2ESANOg4QP6q0aKU-xvQTfI0nI_1fsxnPIw0NBQwghhvbCrqSjfUHB6Eg
  8. ^ Greenhaus, Mike https://relix.com/articles/detail/the-core-karl-denson/ Relix
  9. ^ "Explorations Into Dancefloor Jazz 1". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2020-03-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Zero Effect | Releases, Reviews, Credits". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2020-03-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Hustlers - Official Movie Playlist on Spotify". Open.spotify.com. Retrieved 2020-03-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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