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Learn more about Blues For Allah (Live):

Format: CD
Sku: 60121639
UPC: 035828018821
UPC 14: 00035828018821
Release Date: 5/21/1996
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Invocation ~ Joe Gallant
2. Help On The Way / Slipknot! / Franklin's Tower ~ Joe Gallant
3. King Solomon's Marbles ~ Joe Gallant
4. Music Never Stopped, The ~ Joe Gallant
5. Crazy Fingers ~ Joe Gallant
6. Sage And Spirit ~ Joe Gallant
7. Prelude ~ Joe Gallant
8. Blues For Allah ~ Joe Gallant

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote THE BLUES FOR ALLAH PROJECT features jazz arrangements of the Grateful Dead's entire BLUES FOR ALLAH album.
Muze PNote Personnel: Joe Gallant (contrabass guitar); David Gans (vocals, guitar); Ellen Christi, Jenna Mammina, Tony Mammina (vocals); Ralf Sturm (guitar); Todd Reynolds, Patti Weiss (violin); Robin Bonnell (cello); Bobby Strickland (soprano saxophone); Mike Sim (alto saxophone); Michael Blake (tenor saxophone); David Randall (trumpet); Steve Swell (trombone); Tom Constanten (piano); Evan Gallagher (organ); Bob Bralove (keyboards); Diana Herold (vibraphone, percussion); Grisha Alexiev (drums); Daniel Sadownick (percussion).
Muze PNote Recorded live at Knitting Factory Studios, New York, New York.
Muze PNote Joe Gallant is a New York-based bassist and composer, known to free jazz fans as a member of drummer Rashied Ali's Prima Materia group; however, Gallant's principal musical activity is as the leader of Illuminati, an unconventional big band. On Illuminati's earlier albums, Gallant's quirky original compositions carried the day. One gets a sense of where Gallant is coming from by simply looking at the instrumentation; Illuminati is no five saxes/trombones/trumpets blare-fest. Gallant prefers a more subtle palette. Illuminati cuts down on the brass, and adds strings, vibes, and electric keyboards. While the sound itself is markedly different from the typical big band, this CD takes the concept even further afield, as the band plays Gallant's ingenious arrangements of tunes from the Grateful Dead's classic album Blues for Allah. Gallant shows a real affinity for rock-based improv. His arrangements are meaty, yet leave plenty of room for jamming. The rhythm section cooks, the soloists are fine (soprano saxophonist Bobby Strickland reminds one of the rock tenorist Bobby Keyes, who in the '60s played an exciting riff-based sax with Joe Cocker). Indeed, this album -- recorded live at New York's Knitting Factory -- shares the same loose, ecstatic spirit as the best '60s R&B and rock, and Gallant's imaginative orchestrations lend contemporary relevance. A really fun album. ~ Chris Kelsey

Producer: Joe Gallant; Mark Perlson

Engineer: Alec Head; Brett Heinz

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Tom Constanten
Muze Guest Artist Henry Kaiser

Associated Artists and Works

Kelsey, Chris

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/21/1996
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1996
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : KFR 188
Music Label Name Label : Knitting Factory Works
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00035828018821

Professional Reviews

JazzTimes (11/96, p.82)
- "...Gallant breathes a whole other vitality into the Dead's innovative BLUES FOR ALLAH album with an exciting big band arrangement. He's made it horn driven, bluesy and gospel-tinged....The energy of it practically leaps off the CD at you..."

Option (9-10/96, pp.106-107)
- "...I would regard many of Gallant's interpretations to be improvements on the originals....the project as a whole receives my vote as a solid success..."

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