Pure Jerry: Keystone Berkeley, September 1, 1974

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This triple-disc installment from the Jerry Made label dedicated to archival Jerry Garcia performances hails from the guitarist's primary non-Grateful Dead vehicle circa the early to mid-'70s. Garcia flanks Merl Saunders keyboards/vocals as the co-leader of an improvisation-heavy aggregate that also included John Kahn bass and, during this particular era, Paul Humphrey drums, Martin Fierro sax/flute/percussion, and an anonymous trumpeter credited as "Mystery Artist." Remarkably, the September 1, 1974, show at Keystone Korners in Berkeley that is presented here was only the sixth to feature Humphrey. He and Kahn provide a consistently supple rhythm section, whose moods ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This triple-disc installment from the Jerry Made label dedicated to archival Jerry Garcia performances hails from the guitarist's primary non-Grateful Dead vehicle circa the early to mid-'70s. Garcia flanks Merl Saunders keyboards/vocals as the co-leader of an improvisation-heavy aggregate that also included John Kahn bass and, during this particular era, Paul Humphrey drums, Martin Fierro sax/flute/percussion, and an anonymous trumpeter credited as "Mystery Artist." Remarkably, the September 1, 1974, show at Keystone Korners in Berkeley that is presented here was only the sixth to feature Humphrey. He and Kahn provide a consistently supple rhythm section, whose moods facilely vacillate from the delicate intimacy of "Sitting in Limbo" to the full-flight and hard-driving "Soul Roach." The latter is likewise marked by one of the better contributions from the unknown trumpet player. Within this context, Garcia's predilection and underrated jazz leanings are given plenty of room for some stretched-out exploratory excursions. Primary among them is the liberated interpretation of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Favela" and the Fierro original "La La." Saunders steps up to the microphone for the extended "Wondering Why" a soulful and psychedelic-tinged ballad that Geoff Muldaur would overhaul to great effect on 1975's Is Having a Wonderful Time, featuring Fierro's light and ethereal flute wisps between Garcia's ominous fretwork and Saunders' chiming electric piano. They land on an instrumental reading of the Thom Bell-penned Philly soul entry "People Make the World Go Round," which is every bit as essential as the Stylistics or the Ramsey Lewis version. Out of its ashes rises the expansive, appropriately named interplay titled "Keystone Jam." In much the same way that Garcia would channel the Grateful Dead into rarefied sonic strata, he and Saunders forge ahead into a good ol' fashioned mind melt. Contrasting the freer expeditions, the combo runs through the more structured but still well-jammed Dylan cover "Tough Mama" and a rare rendition of "Going, Going, Gone" -- both from Zimmy's most recent release, 1974's Planet Waves. So infatuated was Garcia with the former that he kept it in the Jerry Garcia Band repertoire for the rest of the group's existence. He also draws from the ample Motown songbook for infectiously fun remakes of Junior Walker's sleeper classic "Roadrunner" and Smokey Robinson's "I Second That Emotion." For the inclined, 2004's Pure Jerry Keystone Berkeley, September 1, 1974 is a no-brainer, while the faithful might liken it unto aural manna for the masses. Curious parties won't leave disappointed, either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • UPC: 081227992439
  • Catalog Number: 511116

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Neighbor, Neighbor - Merl Saunders Band (8:46)
  2. 2 Keepers - Merl Saunders Band (11:51)
  3. 3 Sitting in Limbo - Merl Saunders Band (12:50)
  4. 4 Favela - Merl Saunders Band (13:40)
  5. 5 Tough Mama - Merl Saunders Band (7:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Someday Baby - Merl Saunders Band (9:52)
  2. 2 Think - Merl Saunders Band (7:09)
  3. 3 Roadrunner - Merl Saunders Band (10:15)
  4. 4 The Harder They Come - Merl Saunders Band (13:21)
  5. 5 I Second That Emotion - Merl Saunders Band (14:35)
  6. 6 Going, Going, Gone - Merl Saunders Band (14:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Soul Roach - Merl Saunders Band (10:32)
  2. 2 Mystery Train - Merl Saunders Band (12:51)
  3. 3 Wondering Why - Merl Saunders Band (15:53)
  4. 4 People Make the World Go Round - Merl Saunders Band (3:43)
  5. 5 Keystone Jam - Merl Saunders Band (15:16)
  6. 6 It's Too Late - Merl Saunders Band (8:55)
  7. 7 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Merl Saunders Band (6:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Garcia Band Primary Artist
Jerry Garcia Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
Merl Saunders Keyboards, Vocals
Martin Fierro Flute, Percussion, Saxophone
John Kahn Bass
Paul Humphrey & the Cool Aid Chemists Drums
Mystery Artist Trumpet
Technical Credits
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
Jimmy Cliff Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Jerry Garcia Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Chuck Willis Composer
Merl Saunders Composer
Thom Bell Composer
Gully Bright Composer
Al Cleveland Composer
John Cuniberti Mastering
Lamont Dozier Composer
Martin Fierro Composer
Tom Flye Engineer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
John Kahn Composer
Junior Parker Composer
Don Robey Composer
Ray Shanklin Composer
Sam Phillips Composer
Plummer Bright Composer
Christopher Sabec Executive Producer
Peter Mcquaid Executive Producer
Robert Gatley Engineer
Merl Saunders Band Composer
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