A recording by a slightly earlier lineup of this band, not yet known as Legion of Mary, is. It features the jazz-oriented band and ran in the mid-'70s that also included on bass, on saxophones and flute, and drummer none of these recordings feature , who appeared on the Fantasy Records' issues. He was a really gifted organist, like Jack McDuff and Jimmy Smith. This premium was made available to those who purchased the Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. Performances included extended improvisational solos, which Garcia made famous with his role in the Grateful Dead. Keyboard player was the linchpin, but the band also included bassist , on reeds, and on drums.
I was skeptical at first about buying a release from Rhino Records taken from master tapes circa 1975. By the time Legion of Mary wrapped up in July 1975, the guitar player and organist had honed an unspoken language. A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead. See all the articles posted so far. Mark Ryan bass guitar and Andy Briefer Drums hold down the groove and keep the dance floor jumping.
I remember back in the vinyl days when I couldn't drive or walk past a record shop without spending at least 100 bucks at a time. It was released on August 23, 2005. It was one of my favorite areas, so I said sure. Legion of Mary were a decidedly jazzier outfit than future Garcia side projects. .
Mario Saravia channels the guitar and vocals of Jerry. The Dead and this group are two different trips. Absolute Mary 2005 is an extension of the music presented on the larger set, serving up another half-dozen examples of the intricate interaction and group exploration that became the hallmark of Jerry Garcia's solo units. The best survey of its work came when Rhino compiled , a lengthy set taken from various shows. The lineup is the same as on the Legion of Mary album, except that the drummer is Ron Tutt's predecessor in the band,. Doc Holladay brings his Hammond B-3 to life in a way that would make Melvin proud. It was recorded live on various dates from December 1974 to July 1975, at the in , the in , and the in.
You could usually only find it in imports. John Kahn came up with Legion of Mary and everyone just agreed on it. Albums The prolific nature of Jerry Garcia is evident in the breadth of albums he released through his musical career. Hat's off to Rhino for a job well done. Another live album by Legion of Mary is. Finally, the band acquired the name , and it performed steadily from late 1974 into the summer of 1975, when it broke up.
This compilation succeeds in highlighting the sporadic repertoire of Legion of Mary. Liner notes for Legion of Mary: The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. Upon listening to it through a rather high end audio system, the sound quality was actually pretty good. All of them can be found at various places on line. Their friendship would endure even if Saunders did not appear in what would become known as the Jerry Garcia Band, as Merl Jr.
For more features, interviews, album reviews and more, subscribe. Merl Saunders, Paul Humphrey, Jerry Garcia, John Kahn and Martin Fierro photo courtesy of the Saunders Family Archives Welcome to the Relix 44. In their concerts, Legion of Mary played rock music that had an eclectic mix of influences, including , , , , and especially. The two discs here feature 14 selections recorded at either the aforementioned club, the Portland Theater and the Great American Music Hall; none of the material has been previously released. I still have more but I want to move on to something else for a little while. He liked trying various things out and see where things led.
Besides Garcia on and , Legion of Mary features on , on and , on , and on. A large number of original studio albums and live releases are highlighted here, but, with Jerry being the most recorded musician of all time, there's always something new just waiting to be heard. The band existed from December 1974 to July 1975, and played about 60 live shows. Legion of Mario is a live and improvisational band that plays the music of the Jerry Garcia Band, Jerry Garcia and the Legion of Mary in their own soulful style. I hope this will keep the Jerry fans happy for a while.