Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Pop, R&B
In the 1990s the junction of jazz and funk has become quite a popular destination. Of course, soul-jazz was prominent among serious jazz cats throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but in the 1990s, the bug has spread to rock aud... more »
In the 1990s the junction of jazz and funk has become quite a popular destination. Of course, soul-jazz was prominent among serious jazz cats throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but in the 1990s, the bug has spread to rock audiences who want extended jams and some space to dance. When it comes to blending danceable grooves with well-executed and thoughtful improvisation, San Diego's Greyboy Allstars are state-of-the-art, and as with most jam bands, the live stage is the true proving ground. Tenor sax player Karl Denson is the one with the serious "jazz cred" and he proves it here in abundance, but the remaining four are as tight as your old bar-mitzvah suit. As a whole, the quintet tends toward a smoother, more melodic brand of funk, one with dollops of real "soul music," making this live record a treat for both your brain and your behind. --Marc Greilsamer
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Mike C. from LOWELL, MA
Reviewed on 9/4/2009...
Good stuff. A bit on the smooth jazz side, but with a much greasier groove than the standard "LA Light" stuff that's out there.
A must for Karl Denson fans-
charlie Nelson | Birmingham, AL USA | 11/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recently went to a Karl Denson's Tiny Universe show at the Alabama Theatre, which in my opinion is one the most elegant venues in the South East. It was the best concert I have ever been to. Even if the Derek Trucks Band, one of my favorites, hadn't played at all, it still would have been at the top of my list. For those of you who do not know, Karl played the saxaphone and flute in Greyboy Allstars. I did not expect the concert to be half as good as it was, mostly because Karls Studio albums, which i have, aren't half as good as the show. Don't get me wrong, the studio albums are amazing, but seeing Karl Denson live is like having a religious experience. After the show I had a hard time listening to his studio work. Although his recent release The Bridge hints at what the show is like, it doesn't quite cut it. That's when my friend turned me on to the Greyboy Allstars. This is as close as it gets to a Karl Denson show (since he hasn't produced a live album). This CD is still a small step down from seeing them live, but it is as good as a CD could possibly get."
Sometimes it gels, sometimes it doesn't
loce_the_wizard | Lilburn, GA USA | 10/09/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Greyboy Allstars come out with a take no prisoners, old school slab of funked up jazz on Hot Dog, which allows everyone a chance to be front and center. This almost perfect opening sets a high mark, too high it turns out. Freshman 10 takes the quintet down a more soulful avenue, highlighted by sparkling keyboards. The first signs of trouble crop up in Get a Job and daunt the overall recording in the excesses of Tenor Man and an awful adaptation of Check Out Your Mind (perhaps explaining the stunning remake of the Mayfield gem that Karl Denson throws down on "The Bridge").Happy Friends goes on for too long without ever getting exactly where you want it to, but for the most part the rest of the tracks perk along nicely, punctuated by cool solos, classic riffs and snippets, and underpinned by a solid rhythm section. There is plenty of energy and talent here, but sometimes the jamming and stretching get too thin for the material."