So What is the jazz side of Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. The CD
title is taken from the Miles Davis song by that name. This
instrumental album was put out after Jerry Garcia's death and the
material was recorded at Dawg studios. They offer alternative
versions of several songs repeat some three times. It really
shows the promise of what great things would have developed through
the years between these two.
the Garcia Grisman releases, So What captures more extending jamming
and improvisation than the others. Outstanding flute accompaniments
by Matt Eakle add great accompaniment to many of the tracks. Their
first rendition of Milt Jackson’s “Bag’s Groove” is great.
After Garcia's blistering blues riffs, Grisman takes over with a
solo reminiscent of guitar legend Django Reinhardt; no doubt
bringing back memories of Garcia and Grisman’s 1974 group -- The
Great American String Band. The repeated songs are different enough
to warrant their inclusion. Besides, this CD is not catered to the
mainstream, but to those who cherish this unique collaboration.
Fans of hearing Jerry
Garcia and David Grisman at their improvisational best will regard
this highly. In addition, the CD comes packaged with a 12-page
booklet, illustrated throughout with original artwork by Jerry
Garcia. by Barry