Grateful Dawg [The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Since Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, his old friend, fellow musician and masterful mandolin player David “Dawg” Grisman, has released a treasure trove of recordings that form a testimonial to that “other” Garcia: the highly regarded bluegrass musician and banjo player, the dabbler in jazz and admirer of Miles Davis, the collector of folk songs and singer of delicate acoustic ballads. “Grateful Dawg,” the latest release from Grisman’s personal vaults, is actually the soundtrack to an 80-minute documentary by Grisman’s daughter consisting largely of footage shot informally at her home while her father and Garcia jammed and kidded around. The soundtrack contains not only music by Garcia and Grisman but an additional ...
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Since Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, his old friend, fellow musician and masterful mandolin player David “Dawg” Grisman, has released a treasure trove of recordings that form a testimonial to that “other” Garcia: the highly regarded bluegrass musician and banjo player, the dabbler in jazz and admirer of Miles Davis, the collector of folk songs and singer of delicate acoustic ballads. “Grateful Dawg,” the latest release from Grisman’s personal vaults, is actually the soundtrack to an 80-minute documentary by Grisman’s daughter consisting largely of footage shot informally at her home while her father and Garcia jammed and kidded around. The soundtrack contains not only music by Garcia and Grisman but an additional two tracks by musicians who were strong influences on their sound. We are treated, for example, to “Wayfaring Stranger,” a heart-stoppingly lovely ballad by Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. Another strong influence on Garcia was folk music, including English and “old-timey” songs. Included here is the classic wheeling crow of Ewan MacColl declaiming his trademark sailor’s shanty, “Off to Sea Once More,” followed by Garcia’s slower, scratchy-voiced, and achingly sincere account of the same ancient melody. Garcia’s jazz influences are most apparent in “Arabia,” an extended 16-minute jam on a Spanish-sounding theme. Two versions of “Grateful Dawg,” also find the two leaders and members of Grisman's own ensemble in inspired form.” The influence of his 30 years with the Dead is celebrated with a lovely acoustic version of “Friend of the Devil." This disc is a terrific collection of great music by a musician we lost too soon. -- Will Meyerhofer
All Music Guide - Jesse Jarnow
Though nominally the soundtrack to filmmaker Gillian Grisman's documentary about the close musical friendship between her father, legendary mandolinist David Grisman, and Jerry Garcia, late founder of the Grateful Dead, Grateful Dawg also functions as the sixth release by the duo and their first live recording. The live recordings of a Garcia and Grisman show from the early '90s backed ably by members of the David Grisman Quintet are intercut with several archival cuts by the likes of Bill Monroe, Ewan MacColl, and Old and in the Way, the bluegrass supergroup both Garcia and Grisman picked in during the early '70s. There is a nice narrative flow to the arrangement of the material which provides a depth to the wonderfully warm musical rapport shared by the duo. The background material focuses on the band's folk and bluegrass roots but, unfortunately, leaves the group's undeniably huge jazz influences aside. There is hardly room on the CD, but a cut by Django Reinhardt would have done well to accentuate that element of the pair's music. Though the disc is poorly annotated a rarity in the Grisman catalog, it is little matter. The live cuts are impeccably mixed and a joy to listen to, particularly quiet numbers like the jazzy "Dawg's Waltz" and the sprawling 16-minute reading of "Arabia." Perhaps even more impressively, Garcia is at relatively full control his spectacularly expressive voice for what might be the last point in his career. The David Grisman Quintet, including ultra-subtle percussionist Joe Craven, provides an accompaniment far more sensitive and sympathetic than what the Grateful Dead were capable of at the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • UPC: 715949104626
  • Catalog Number: 46
  • Sales rank: 88,918

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro - David Grisman (1:04)
  2. 2 Grateful Dawg - Jim Kerwin (3:47)
  3. 3 Wayfaring Stranger - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (4:28)
  4. 4 Sweet Sunny South - Jim Kerwin (3:49)
  5. 5 Old and in the Way Intro (1:35)
  6. 6 Pig in a Pen - Old & In the Way (2:52)
  7. 7 Dawg's Waltz - Jim Kerwin (3:30)
  8. 8 Sitting Here in Limbo - Jim Kerwin (7:03)
  9. 9 Off to Sea Once More (4:30)
  10. 10 Off to Sea Once More - Jim Kerwin (5:23)
  11. 11 Jenny Jenkins - Jim Kerwin (4:28)
  12. 12 Arabia - Jim Kerwin (16:03)
  13. 13 The Thrill Is Gone - Jim Kerwin (4:45)
  14. 14 Friend of the Devil - Jim Kerwin (6:57)
  15. 15 Grateful Dawg - Jim Kerwin (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Garcia Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Old & In the Way Track Performer
Peter Rowan Track Performer
Richard Greene Track Performer
Joe Craven Percussion, Violin
David Grisman Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals, Mandola
Jim Kerwin Bass, Acoustic Bass
Technical Credits
Ewan MacColl Contributor
Jerry Garcia Songwriter, Arranger
David Dennison Engineer
David Grisman Songwriter, Arranger, Producer
Craig Miller Executive Producer
Owsley Stanley Engineer
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
Traditional Composer
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