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Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - So What

1998

 
 
 
 
 
 
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The album 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. 

Of all 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 Small 
Grade  B +

 

 

 

 

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - So What - track list
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1. So What  (Miles Davis) - 6:55 [Take 1- 3/8/91]
2. Bag's Groove (Milt Jackson) - 8:43 [Take 5 - 11/24/92]
3. Milestones  (Miles Davis) - 7:55 [Take 5 - 6/2/95]
4. 16/16  (David Grisman) - 6:18 [Take 3 - 11/24/92]
5. So What (Miles Davis) - 7:51[Take 1 - 12/6/90]
6. Bag's Groove (Milt Jackson) - 8:22 [Take 1 - 6/4/92]
7. Milestones (Miles Davis) - 10:18 [Take 3 - 6/2/92]
8. So What (Miles Davis) - 7:40 [Take 1 - 6/4/92]

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - So What - Musicians
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Jerry Garcia - guitar
David Grisman - mandolin
Joe Craven - fiddle, percussion
James Kerwin - bass
Matt Eakle - flute

 
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Label -  Acoustic Disc
A 12-page booklet, illustrated throughout with original artwork by Jerry Garcia is included.

 
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