Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Greyboy Allstars

Artist:The Greyboy Allstars
Song:Toys R Us

If you like your funk on the jazzy side, you will want to check out The Greyboy Allstars. These guys have been around for twenty years and all the musicians are accomplished jazz musicians. The Greyboy Allstars are from San Diego. Greyboy is DJ Greyboy. Sax player Karl Denson was touring with Lenny Kravitz in 1993. After working on DJ Greyboy's 1994 CD Freestylin', Denson decided to form a house band and call them The Greyboy Allstars. DJ Greyboy is not a musician so he isn't a member of the band. But he helps produce their CDs. Other band members are Robert Walter on keyboards, Michael Andrews AKA Elgin Park on guitar, Chris Stillwell on bass and Zak Najor on drums. The band released their debut CD in 1995. They record jazz and funk covers but also record original songs. Toys R Us was written by Denson and was on the 1997 CD A Town Called Earth. That CD is out of print but the song also appears on the 1999 CD Live. They also recorded in 2007 and their latest CD Inland Emperor was released in 2013. Zak Najor was replaced by Aaron Redfield. The band does perform live occasionally. But all have solo careers so I guess it's hard to coordinate schedules. Denson leads his band Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and records as a sideman. Stillwell is a member of Denson's band. Walter leads his band Robert Walter's 20th Congress and they released a CD last year. Michael Andrews is mainly a film composer best known for scoring the 2001 film Donnie Darko. He has also released a couple of solo CDs. The Greyboy Allstars are worth checking out. Here's The Greyboy Allstars performing Toys R Us at the 2012 Gathering of the Vibes Music and Art Festival Bridgeport, CT.

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