Something of a modern urban funk legend, due in large measure to the high-profile solo endeavors of keyboardist Robert Walter and horn man Karl Denson, The Greyboy Allstars nevertheless know intuitively when to reconvene to the greatest effect. Inland Emperor is their first collaboration in the six years and it bears all the earmarks of their twenty-year old chemistry.Profundo Grosso" starts things off with a guitar-heavy arrangement underpinned by Walter's sinuous organ lines. Stop and go syncopation surrounds vocalist John Bigham's singing on Bitch Inside Me," the falsetto tones of which effectively contrast the heavily rhythmic tune. Denson's ...read more
Flip through albums in the bargain Funk/Soul/R&B bin at your local record store and you'll find a mix of classic Meters, Mayfield, and James Brown LPs. If a copy of the Greyboy Allstars' What Happened To Television? winds up in your stack, you probably wouldn't guess it was recorded in 2007.
While many contemporary funk outfits have diluted their music with commercially driven slickness, the Greyboy Allstars have stuck to their roots. Their sound has not smoothed out--it's the same platform shoe, Caddy for Daddy funk as on their previous albums, the last being A Town Called Earth ...read more
Having formed almost fifteen years ago in 1993, The Greyboy AllStars are an urban myth of sorts. Their early forays into funk flowed throughout the jamband scene that coalesced in the mid-to-late 1990s, which is where the principals of the quintet found a name for themselves. Now hornman Karl Denson (leader of Tiny Universe) and keyboardist Robert Walter (head of 20th Congress) are principals (though only slightly more so than their peers) of the first Greyboy AllStars studio recording in a decade.
What Happened to Television? extends the original concept of the band as a collective of young turks parlaying ...read more