Great Sky River
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If you do not like technically intricate music, you need not apply. If you do not like the Greatful Dead, this albulm may not appeal to you. If you like both, especially the Terrapin Station albulm, you're on board.
This is, without a doubt, my favorite album of all time (and I have access to thousands of releases). Great Sky River is the most agressive of the three Jazz is Dead offerings, and with the talent Jazz is Dead demonstrates, the more aggressive the better.
When I say agressive, I don't necessarily refer to speed, I refer more to the individual artists style. In some cases this album is melodic, thundering, soothing, technical, etc...In a live setting.
Jimmy Herring is the quintessential guitar player. He show's pros how to play the guitar, period. I actually find myself consistently overwhelmed by how awesome he really is on this album (and others, I also recommend 'Project Z('s)' new album). If you love guitar, please listen to this album (at least). He really delivers on so many fronts, chords, scales, tone. The critical comment I have is that Jimmy (and maybe the Sound personnel is to blame) drowns out the melody while he's playing the harmony at times (e.g., St. Stephan). But this guy smokes, like no other I've heard, e.g. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix, Trey....He is really that awesome! One close listen to 'The Eleven' on this albulm will clearly [at least] show why I make such a bold statement. Future guitarists: Buy any thing Jimmy plays on and take good notes, as far as I can recon., this man is the mecca of guitar performance.
While I drool over Jimmy's playing, the other three players on this album have both chops and soul, they're forces to be reckoned with.Read more ›
From the initial happy hop-along trills of China Cat Sunflower through the beautifully realized St.Stephen>The Eleven to the conclusion of the spine-chilling Morning Dew, Jazz is Dead never fails to find the musical core of what makes these tunes memorable and beloved. And the superb talent of Herring, Johnson, Lavitz and Morgenstein adds what was sometimes missing from Dead performances - energy, enthusiasm and freshness.
Just as great stories do not suffer from being retold by others than the author, great music does not suffer from being played by new hands in new times. Jazz is Dead shows why this music will survive. Their versions will join the originals as "essential".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This disc is worth adding to your collection.I do have all three of Jazz is Dead discs this one just adds to the great music these folks perform. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jerry f houff
Great familiar song choices arranged and played by great musicians. I will be purchasing the other CDs in time.Published 14 months ago by ricatao
I really like Jazz is Dead. I have always liked Jimmy Herring and the Grateful Dead covers was the first CD I bought. This does not disappoint.Published on May 26, 2013 by Kyle K
If you have money to buy just one cd from this band, buy Light Blue Rain. Definitely their best. This is not a bad album, but there's something missing on it to win more one or two... Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by marc3l0
For me this is the best of two worlds, one we have the great songs of the Grateful Dead then wr have this wonderful group of musicians to play them. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Jerbear
I liked the first two discs by these guys better.
There's no denying that this band is totally top shelf, it's just that the songs here seem a little uninspired. Read more
I always felt that the Grateful Dead wrote some great tunes. However --
1. Other than Jerry Garcia, their musical technique wasn't strong enough to give those tunes a proper... Read more