I would place this version of "Dead-as-jazz" higher than all the others that are out there but I don't think it's going to blow anyone away, or get too many repeated listentings over time. Compared to the derivative and ultimately uninspired jazz readings that JAZZ IS DEAD gives GRATEFUL DEAD songs this cd is fantastic, but that's only because JAZZ IS DEAD's cds are so dull.
The Dead got weirder, darker, and prettier than this, and so does DAVID MURRAY in his other other musical adventures so this really isn't a great example of either groups. Actually though, if David himself took more of the solos, this cd would be much better than it is. It's too bad that the best musician in this band lays out so much of the time.
If you want to hear "David do Dead", get yourself a copy of the Dead's 9/22/93 with his guest spot. His playing is inspired and he, Phil, and Bobby give stand-out late-years performances (beats anything on this cd), especially during ESTIMATED PROPHET, DARK STAR, SPACE, and WHARF RAT. Jerry's playing is off most of the night though so don't expect him to dazzle you in any way, beyond vocally on Wharf Rat.
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