Garcia-Grisman is along with Bill Evans’ Sunday at the Village Vanguard, Arnold Overtures, and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasies, one of the absolute best 15 ips reel-to-reel tape releases to date and a must-have for any self-respecting tapehead. -Myles B. Astor, Positive Feedback Online
The musical friendship of Jerry Garcia and David Grisman goes back a long way. Jerry invited David to play on one of the Grateful Dead’s albums, American Beauty, which was released in 1970 and has since become a classic.
Jerry and David formed a bluegrass band, Old And In The Way, in 1973, with Peter Rowan, Vassar Clemens and John Kahn. Although the band only performed together for about a year, it left ripples through both the SF music scene and the bluegrass world for years. A recording made by Bear at one of their shows was released on LP, sold very well, and has been cited by many players as their introduction to bluegrass.
In the 80’s the Grateful Dead was a substantial industry, mounting huge tours across the country. As a counterpoint to the high pressure world in which he was always in the spotlight, Jerry started hanging out over at David’s house to play together just for fun, sharing the music they both loved. David had a studio in his home where he was already doing the records for his group, the David Grisman Quintet. Jerry and David would do their jamming in the studio, often with two of the musicians from David’s group, with the tape rolling. They did this informal recording over a period of several years. Each get-together was a joyous respite for Jerry. Meanwhile, the pile of their tapes kept getting bigger and bigger. Eventually Jerry suggested that David release the recordings on David’s label, Acoustic Disc. This is the first selection that David pulled from that extensive library. The joy and freshness of these two friends’ spontaneous pickin’ is perfectly captured in high quality analog recording, and presented now for our enjoyment.
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