Inland Emperor

Inland Emperor

by Greyboy Allstars
     
 

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While the Greyboy Allstars have showcased their ceaselessly creative take on jazz, funk, and dance music since their 1995 debut, West Coast Boogaloo, with 2013's Inland Emperor they raise the bar for themselves by delving into even more funky, stylistically varied sounds than on past recordings. This time out, minus See more details below

Overview

While the Greyboy Allstars have showcased their ceaselessly creative take on jazz, funk, and dance music since their 1995 debut, West Coast Boogaloo, with 2013's Inland Emperor they raise the bar for themselves by delving into even more funky, stylistically varied sounds than on past recordings. This time out, minus DJ Greyboy, the band is stripped down to the core members of saxophonist/flutist Karl Denson, keyboardist Robert Walter, guitarist/vocalist Elgin Park, bassist/vocalist Chris Stillwell, and drummer Aaron Redfield. The Greyboy Allstars tend to take their time between releasing albums (it was ten years between 1997's A Town Called Earth and 2007's What Happened to Television?) and clearly that has given them time to develop all sorts of musical interests and influences. Here we get a menagerie of sounds that are so evocative and mood-setting, they almost work as a soundtrack to a film. There is the creepy, psychedelic opening number "Profundo Grosso"; with its languid organ and fuzz guitar it could easily be the theme to a '60s Italian horror movie. We also get the '90s acid jazz synth funk of "Multiplier" with its crisp, percussive guitar riff, 8-bit-inspired keyboard hits, and synthesizer strings set against a soulful saxophone melody. The Greyboy Allstars also deliver several cuts with vocals, including the '70s folk-soul number "Old Crow" and the '70s deep funk-inspired "Bitch Inside Me." Later in the album, the band leaves room for several far-reaching, exploratory songs including the hypnotic "Diminishing Blackness," which sounds like a Doors instrumental B-side, and the grungy saxophone skronkfest "Trashtruck." Ultimately, Inland Emperor is an engaging, cinematic album that never fails to grab your attention.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2013
Label:
Mri Associated
UPC:
0020286213611
catalogNumber:
213611
Rank:
101112

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Greyboy Allstars   Primary Artist
John Bigham   Vocals
Karl Denson   Flute,Saxophone,Vocals,Group Member
Robert Walter   Keyboards,Group Member
Chris Stillwell   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Elgin Park   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Aaron Redfield   Drums,Group Member
Davey Chegwidden   Percussion

Technical Credits

Michael Andrews   Composer
Karl Denson   Composer
Dave Cooley   Mastering
Robert Walter   Composer
Chris Stillwell   Composer
Dan Long   Engineer
Steve Kaye   Engineer
Redfield   Composer

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