The Greyboy Allstars Return With ‘Get A Job: Music from the Original Broadcast Series Soul Dream’ LP & Share Tour Dates

The Greyboy Allstars have announced the April 1st release of Get a Job: Music from the Original Broadcast Series Soul Dream—the sixth studio recording to date by the quintet comprised by Karl Denson (saxophone, flute), Elgin Park (guitars), Aaron Redfield (drums), Chris Stillwell (bass) and Robert Walter (keys). To be issued via the band’s own imprint, Knowledge Room Recordings, the album was captured live in the studio during The Greyboy Allstars’ 2021 Soul Dream live-stream series on Nugs.net. The set notches up the band’s own jazz-funk and boogaloo narrative by spotlighting ten unique, never-before-released covers that have become an integral part of their famed live performances for nearly three decades, including songs by Gil Scott-Heron, Gene Ammons and Burt Bacharach.

The first single and its accompanying video, “I’ve Got Reasons,” a rendition of the rare-groove, deep-cut originally recorded by Mary Jane Hooper, is out today and can be heard below. Additionally, a 21-date “Get A Job” tour in support of the collection beginning this March has been announced. Six of the shows are on-sale now, while the remaining 15 dates go on-sale this Friday, February 4 at greyboyallstars.com



“We keep a running master list of around 70 tunes. From those I picked a mixture of tried-and-true live staples and songs that weren’t always in common rotation,” says band keyboardist Robert Walter of the Get a Job set. “Usually, for gigs I propose a list and then the other members edit and tweak it. For the taping, we wanted each episode to have a theme: two of them focused on originals and the other two were covers: live favorites, and music that came out on Prestige Records. The tunes on this release are the best of the covers.”

“The covers come from the tradition of the artists we love and how they would grab the pop tunes of the day, most likely to broaden their listening base. George Benson, Grant Green, and Kenny Burrell all did Beatles and Bacharach tunes,” continues band guitarist Elgin Park, of GBA’s tapping of the tradition of savvy jazz legends exploring the then-expanding “fake book” of mid-20th-century pop songs. “Also, everyone is coming with different levels of seriousness to the music at different times.”

Get a Job: Music from the Original Broadcast Series Soul Dream
Track Listing:

1. “I’ve Got Reasons” (Edwin Bocage, Al Scramuzza)
2. “Jug Eyes” (Gene Ammons)
3. “Smokin’ at Tiffany’s” (B. Watley, G. Barr, S. Weakley)
4. “Lady Day and John Coltrane” (Gil Scott-Heron)
5. “Turn It On” (Sonny Stitt)
6. “Taxman” (George Harrison)
7. “I’ve Known Rivers” (Gary Bartz, Langston Hughes)
8. “Play It Back” (Dr. Lonnie Smith)
9. “Got to Get Me a Job” (Don Alford)
10. “Walk On By” (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)

The Greyboy Allstars
“Get A Job” U.S. Spring Tour

3/9 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station
3/10 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
3/11 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
3/12 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
3/30 – St. Louis, MO – The Big Top
3/31 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
4/1 – Chicago, IL – Park West
4/2 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
4/3 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern
4/5 – Pembroke, MA – Soundcheck Studios
4/6 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
4/7 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
4/8 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
4/9 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia
4/10 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
4/15 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Casino
4/16 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Casino
4/21 – Venice, CA – Venice West
4/22 – Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
4/23 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
4/30 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s

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