After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80

After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80

by Jerry Garcia Band


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After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80

Released in 2004, After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80 is a three-disc offering from a short-lived incarnation of the Jerry Garcia Band, featuring Garcia (guitar/vocals), John Kahn (bass), Ozzie Ahlers (keyboards/vocals), and Johnny De Foncesca (drums). The aggregate lasted less than six months, with De Foncesca replaced by former Sly & the Family Stone and Santana percussionist Greg Errico less than a month after this late February show. Opening up for Garcia on a majority of the East Coast run was his lyricist and primary collaborator, vocalist Robert Hunter. He joins the JGB during the second set for readings of his own "Tiger Rose" and "Promontory Rider," in addition to offering up his recollections of the experience in the package's liner essay. The quartet is exceptionally compact, with an ability to instantly expand and sidetrack into an impressive exchange of improvisations. This is evidenced by the exploratory jam linking "After Midnight" to an incendiary jazz-fused instrumental interpretation of "Eleanor Rigby" before returning for a reprise of the former. With the exception of the lamenting rocker "Sugaree" and the gorgeous Bay Area ballad "Mission in the Rain," the selections may appear short on originals. Hunter's notes point out that many of the "good Garcia solo-band songs hadn't been written yet," adding that on this evening the artist plays as many Bob Dylan tunes as he does from his own non-Grateful Dead repertoire. Speaking of which, "Simple Twist of Fate" and "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" are each given emotive interpretations, the latter adopting the nimble reggae-influenced gait reminiscent of Eric Clapton's reading. Those familiar with Hunter's interpretations of his own work will find that the versions of the aforementioned "Tiger Rose" and "Promontory Rider" by the JGB are a refreshing change of sonic scenery. While definitely a recommended spin for inclined parties, enthusiasts not familiar with this era or JGB lineup are particularly encouraged to check out After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2004
Label: Imports
UPC: 0081227653620
catalogNumber: 894863

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Garcia Band   Primary Artist
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ozzie Ahlers   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
John Kahn   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Johnny DeFoncesca   Drums,Group Member
Johnny D'Foncesca   Drums

Technical Credits

Peter Rowan   Composer
Jimmy Cliff   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer,Audio Production
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer,Liner Notes
James Banks   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Bob McDill   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Eddie Marion   Composer
Katherine Delaney   Art Direction
Henderson Thigpen   Composer
David Lemieux   Tape Research
Christopher Sabec   Producer
Peter Mcquaid   Producer
Hale Milgrim   Producer
Robert Gatley   Engineer

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