Dark Star: The Music of the Grateful Dead

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/1996
  • Label: Astor Place Records
  • UPC: 706881400228
  • Catalog Number: 4002

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Murray Primary Artist, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Bob Weir Guitar
Craig Harris Trombone
Robert Irving III 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
Allan Tucker Mastering
Howard Mandel Liner Notes
Steve Plotnicki Executive Producer
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