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THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS ''WEST COAST BOOGALOO'' (USA, 1995) @ [128k-192k]

16/01/2011 16:49 0 Comentarios Lectura: ( palabras)

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THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS

''WEST COAST BOOGALOO''

(USA, 1995)    @

La banda se llama The Greyboy Allstars, y el disco West Coast Boogaloo. Con una gran colaboración: Fred Wesley.

Empiezo por el disco. Son  diez temazos de funk-boogaloo-jazz, que no te dejan indiferente. Es música de baile con una calidad impresionante. Boogaloo sí, pero efectivamente con muchísimo jazz, mucho groovy. No es tan naif como el boogaloo de Lou Donaldson, es un pelín más elaborado, menos salvaje. A veces tengo miedo a decir algo sobre el jazz cuando hablo de estos discos, porque igual alguien piensa que es un disco que no va a entender. No. Esto es música para mover la cabeza, los pies, el cuerpo, o para arrimarte. Está claro que aquí hay muchísimas influencias, desde el mismísimo Lou Donaldson, hasta Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Lonnie Smith, incluso yo (opinión personal) veo cosas de Allen Toussaint, ... Es un disco de discoteca, sin duda, de la sala El Sol, claro. Porque como van a poner el resto de discotecas temas para bailar en los que haya músicazos de este nivel tocando... No, mejor máquinas.

imageSigo por la Banda. Está formada en el 93. Es decir grabaciones con muchísima calidad, muchísima producción, y un sonido casi inmejorable. El fundador de esta formación es un tal Karl Denson (saxo, flauta y percusión), con varios discos en solitarios y colaboraciones varias. Se completa con Elgin Park (Guitarra. Se le nota la huella de Melivn Sparks), Zak Najor (batería y percusión), Chris Stillwell (Bajo, tocado de forma impresionante) y Robert Walter (Teclados, con gran abuso, gracias a dios, del Hammond).

Tienen que yo sepa tres discos, uno de ellos en directo. Yo por mi parte no creo que tarde en tener la discografía de esta súper banda.

Termino por la colaboración. Fred Wesley fue el "director" de los JB Horns desde el 68 hasta el 75 más o menos (me refiero antes de ser los JB Horns, es decir cuando eran la formación de James Brown). después se fue con Count Basie a desparramar jazz por ahí. Ha tocado con gente como Thelonious Monk o George Clinton. Aparte de ser (desde mi punto de vista) el lider de los JB Horns, junto al ya súper conocido (lo que son las cosas) Maceo Parker.

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The Greyboy Allstars are back on the scene with their newest release, 'LIVE' (Relaxed Records) and national tour dates this Spring. The new album captures the Ultimate Groove band at their absolute best during the height of their sold-out 1998 tour. The album is their third independently produced effort, a follow up to their first two critically acclaimed records 'West Coast Boogaloo' and most recently 'A Town Called Earth'. 'LIVE' showcases the band's distinctive brand of dense, danceable jazz grooves flavored with scorching saxophone improvisations. Critics from Jazz Times to Thrasher have raved about the band and Billboard's Doug Reece noted that "the quintet...has discovered an audience niche perfectly suited to it's hypnotic, heavy-on-the-funk jazz blend."

The band was formed in 1993 by Karl Denson (saxophone, flute, vocals) and Zak Najor (drums) as a house band for Denson's label, Greyboy Records, which he started with turntable wiz DJ Greyboy. Denson was the featured saxophonist in Lenny Kravitz's band for four years and has won rave reviews for his five solo recordings on Minor Music, the latest of which ('Chunky Pecan Pie') pairs him with Miles Davis alumni Jack Dejohnette and Dave Holland. Writer Neil Tesser declared in Jazz Times, "Denson deserves more of the attention focused on other young lions... This is a tenor guy, pure and simple – and an excellent one at that."

Says Denson of The Greyboy Allstars' musical style, "It's definitely not straight-ahead, traditional jazz." The varied influences of the band's five members come together on 'LIVE' for a blend of 70's inspired funk, jazz and boogaloo, infused with a smooth West Coast groove. But, says Denson, "We're a boogaloo band more than anything else. I think the whole boogaloo thing is really obscure to most people. None of the other so-called acid jazz bands have picked up on it."From the blistering funk of "Toys R Us" to the 12 minute boogaloo inspired improv "Happy Friends", each song on 'LIVE' reflects the band's interest in musical variety and serious song writing.

imageAudiences at The Greyboy Allstars' sold-out shows (including San Francisco's Fillmore, New York's Irving Plaza and Chicago's Metro) are extremely diverse, ranging from forty-something jazz heads to indie rockers to the young hippie crowd. ESPN and MTV have both recently sampled the band's music. The band has also just been on the cover of Pollstar. Vinnie Esparza of the Gavin Report wrote, "This quintet has come to be recognized as one of the most solid soul-jazz ensembles around...Don't be surprised if your indie rock ass starts moving in ways you never dreamed imaginable."

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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?

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Karl Denson (Saxophones, Flute & Percussion)

Elgin Park (Guitar)

Zak Najor (Drums & Percussion)

Chris Stillwell (Bass)

Robert Walter (Keyboards)


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