Dark Star: The Music of the Grateful Dead

Dark Star: The Music of the Grateful Dead

by David Murray
     
 
The avant-garde tenor and bass clarinetist David Murray had an opportunity to sit in with the Grateful Dead in 1993 and was quite impressed. With Jerry Garcia's death, Murray was inspired to put together this tribute album but often it sounds as if two bands were playing at once without closely

Overview

The avant-garde tenor and bass clarinetist David Murray had an opportunity to sit in with the Grateful Dead in 1993 and was quite impressed. With Jerry Garcia's death, Murray was inspired to put together this tribute album but often it sounds as if two bands were playing at once without closely listening to each other. Murray and the horns (which include veteran altoist James Spaulding, the very impressive high-note acrobatics of trumpeter Hugh Ragin, either James Zoller or Omar Kabir on second trumpet and the adventurous trombonist Craig Harris) romp through some rowdy and very emotional ensembles while organist Robert Irving III. (a Miles Davis alumnus) leads the rhythm section through groovin' R&B riffs that seem to ignore the lead voices. The results are often quite silly as the horns screech and squawk while the rhythm churns on. There are two exceptions. The 16-minute "Dark Star" builds slowly to a ferocious level and finds the group acting as one while the closing "Shoulda Had Been Me" is a tenor-guitar duet between Murray and Bob Weir that works quite well. So overall this is a mixed bag, most highly recommended to listeners who have a high tolerance level and a strong sense of humor.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/1996
Label:
Astor Place Records
UPC:
0706881400228
catalogNumber:
4002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Murray   Primary Artist,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Weir   Guitar
Craig Harris   Trombone
Robert Irving   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ
James Spaulding   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Hugh Ragin   Trumpet
Fred Hopkins   Bass
James Zollar   Trumpet
Omar Kabir   Trumpet
Ranzell Merritt   Drums

Technical Credits

David Murray   Arranger
Jim Anderson   Engineer
David Gans   Liner Notes
Herbie Miller   Producer
Howard Mandel   Liner Notes
Steve Plotnicki   Executive Producer

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