The Greyboy Allstars have detailed a 21-date tour in support of a newly-announced covers album, Get a Job: Music from the Original Broadcast Series Soul Dream, out on April 1st via Knowledge Room Recordings. The jazz-fusion quintet also shared the album’s first single on Tuesday, releasing a music video for Edwin Bocage and Al Scramuzza‘s “I’ve Got Reasons”.
The band—comprised of saxophonist Karl Denson, guitarist Elgin Park, organist Robert Walter, bassist Chris Stillwell, and drummer Aaron Redfield—will get things started at Asheville, NC’s Salvage Station on March 9th before working up through Charleston, SC (3/10); Atlanta, GA (3/11); and St. Augustine, FL (3/12). A romp through the Midwest will send the band back to the east coast in April with shows in Pembroke, MA (4/5) and Woodstock, NY (4/6).
From there, the Greyboy Allstars will mount a Brooklyn Bowl mini-run featuring two nights at the music venue/bowling alley’s flagship location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (4/7, 4/8) and a stop at the new Brooklyn Bowl location in Philadelphia, PA (4/9).
Following a stop in Washington, D.C. (4/10), the tour will move west, where GBA will spend two nights at Crystal Bay Club Casino in Nevada (4/15, 4/16) ahead of shows in Venice, CA (4/21); Denver, CO (4/22); and Boulder, CO (4/23). The tour will end with a stop at New Orleans, LA’s famed Tipitina’s on April 30th.
Six of the group’s shows are on sale now, whereas the remaining dates go on sale this Friday, February 4th. Visit the band’s website for purchase options and scroll down for a detailed list of tour dates.
Get a Job: Music from the Original Broadcast Series Soul Dream will mark The Greyboy Allstars’ sixth studio output. Captured during the band’s studio sessions as part of its 2021 Soul Dream livestream series, the album is comprised of ten unique, never-before-released covers that have become an integral part of the band’s live shows. The record will include reimaginings of George Harrison‘s “Taxman”, Burt Bacharach and Hal David‘s “Walk On By”, Gary Bartz and Langston Hughes‘ “I’ve Known Rivers”, and more.
“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,” said 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,” added Park.
Watch the music video for “I’ve Got Reasons” via the player below, head here for additional listening options, and scroll down for a detailed tracklist.
The Greyboy Allstars – “I’ve Got Reasons” [Official Music Video]
The Greyboy Allstars Get a Job Tour Dates
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
The Greyboy Allstars – Get a Job: Music from the Original Broadcast Series Soul Dream – Tracklist
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)