Friday, December 19, 2008

A free Greyboy Allstars download

The Greyboy Allstars grew from a collaboration between a white DJ named Andreas Stevens – a.k.a. Greyboy – and a black sax player named Karl Denson, formerly with Lenny Kravitz’s band.

They pulled together some funky whiteboys. And the band – under Denson’s leadership – has been making noise for nearly 15 years, collaborating with the likes of Fred Wesley and Gary Bartz.

How funky are the Greyboy Allstars? Well, they’ll be gigging on New Year’s Eve with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic in San Francisco.

Before I get to today’s FREE MP3, let me spin you my favorite track by DJ Greyboy.

Click here to hear “Smokescreen” on my Vox blog. It’s from his 2001 album “Mastered the Art.”

(By the way, my handy “Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang” defines grayboy as “a white man or boy – usu. used contemptuously.” As in this citation from Nelson Algren’s 1951 essay “Chicago: City on the Make”: “Find them out for yourself, greyboy.”)

Now, back to today’s freebie, courtesy of Seattle public radio station KEXP. To hear “Still Waiting” by the Greyboy Allstars, click here. This track is from the band’s 2007 album “What Happened to Television?,” produced by DJ Greyboy.

To commence downloading the MP3, hit this link.

3 comments: said...


You are really bringing it!

This has been a fantastic tribute week!

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Thanks, Lisa.

HEIC (Head Editor In Charge) said...

wait ... 21 jumpstreet didn't make up the term 'grayboy'. i feel very much let down by my black community that i didn't know greyboy was derogatory slang for white guy.