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Karl Denson joins Greyboy Allstars in Vail Valley

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail Music: The Greyboy Allstars are considered a major part of the mid-'90s acid jazz movement and a catalyst for renewed interest in '70s soul jazz

VAIL, Colorado –Elgin Park, one of the members of The Greyboy Allstars, calls his time with the group a “musical vacation.” And indeed it is. Park and the other members, including Karl Denson who played with Lenny Kravitz for four years and fronts Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, have their own individual projects that consume most of their time. Park himself has scored films like “Donnie Darko,” and “Me You and Everyone We Know.”

Greyboy, aka Andreas Stevens, formed the group in 1993 as an extension of his classic soul and funk DJ sets in San Diego. After a few years, Stevens moved on, but the band kept going, and are considered a major part of the mid-’90s acid jazz movement and a catalyst for renewed interest in ’70s soul jazz.

They play Wednesday night at Agave in Avon.

1. Vail Daily: You were here with your band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe last month. How was it?

Karl Denson: Yes, yes, we did an outdoor show. It was actually pretty amazing. Lots of people. It was really good.

2. VD: As I recall, that show was a little chilly. Were you freezing up there?

KD: Of course we were. We’ve done a few of those so we’re kind of used to it. I realize the thing you guys get, that no one else gets around the country, is you get the concerts where the band really is trying because there’s a lot of factors against us – the cold, the dry air, the lack of air. It’s an interesting thing to do.

3. VD: Tell me how Greyboy Allstars differs from your other bands?

KD: The Greyboy Allstars is really not my band, it’s our band. That’s the biggest difference. It’s pretty much a democracy. We’re just going at it and trying to come up with the best thing we can. Whereas the Tiny Universe is my creation, and is more about what I’m hearing, my idea of what’s going on. It’s fun to be able to completely express yourself, like I do in the Tiny Unverise. And with the Greyboy Allstars, it’s fun to have other guys whose opinions you trust and you have them to bounce things off of. It’s not so strenuous as when you’re the leader.

4. VD: “What Happened to Television?” was released in 2007. It the Greyboy Allstars first studio release in 10 years and you guys pulled it off in just a week, right? Tell me about the album.

KD: You know, that’s the cool thiing about the Allstars, everyone writes, everyone is pretty darn solid as a musician, so we just got in the studio and hammered it ou in like seven days. You throw an idea up and you have four coming back at you. We did almost two songs a day from scratch.

5. VD: Are you working on anything new?

KD: We’re in the studio right now. We just finished up our third week of getting together for a couple of days a week and hashing out ideas. I’m going to guess (the new album) will drop next fall.

6. VD: Will people hear songs from “What Happened to Television” at the show?

KD: Yes, and a couple little pieces from the new record, too.

7. VD: What can people expect from the show?

KD: It’s just a great band, it’s just a really fun band. I always say this and because I believe it – this thing we do, we do it better than anyone else does it. We’ve been doing it for 15 years now and it just keeps getting better.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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