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The Final Frontier . . . . : The Grateful Dead’s Dark Star

“Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.” My musical roots are in what is now referred to as jamband and at the top of that pyramid were the Grateful Dead. There were however extended periods

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Posted in Grateful Dead, Jam Band, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“So You Wanna Play The Blues . .” : Cool Blues Guitar Instructional Videos Part II – The Hendrix Edition

With September 18th marking the 46th anniversary of his accidental and tragic death, it seems like a a good time to mention Jimi Hendrix.  In addition Legacy Recordings has announced the release of the complete first set ever played by

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Posted in Blues, Classic Rock, Improvisation, Jam Band

“It Was Forty Six Years Ago Today” : Santana at Tanglewood, MA., 1970-08-18

Sometimes I have a specific topic in mind when I start writing a post for this blog. Other times. . . well, not so much. I had just finished reading “Live At The Fillmore East and West” by John Glatt

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Posted in Classic Rock, Jam Band, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Summer In The City Part 2: John Scofield Proto-Uberjam

It was the summer of 2000. I had just left playing bass in a funk band called Celebrity Hottub (yes, named from a SNL Eddie Murphy skit called James Brown’s Celebrity Hottub) and had decided to take a break from

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Follow Your Bliss – Guitar Shredding Edition: Santana/McLaughlin’s Love Devotion Surrender

A previous post discussed the work of Alice Coltrane, 2nd wife to jazz legend John Coltrane, as an  example of a specific strain of jazz in the late sixties/ early seventies that has been referred to as Spiritual Jazz. The

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Posted in Improvisation, Jam Band, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Ooh . . Scary”: Phish Perform Disney’s Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

As an old Deadhead, the thought of discussing Phish can indeed be scary. I have tried to get into Phish in the past but I just could’nt do it. My main problem was the quality of the songwriting. I would

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“Layla, you’ve got me on my knees. . . : Isolated Guitar & Backing Tracks

If you’re a music geek like me (and I assume you are if you are reading this) then you are fascinated by the the process of creating music. You want to see how it’s put together. If that’s the case

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