Grateful Deadication is a new project from saxophonist Dave McMurray. It’s a cerebral and interesting take on some of the Grateful Dead’s work. The album itself is due out next Friday on Blue Note records. Jazz renditions or even instrumental covers of Grateful Dead music isn’t specifically new, but like all of the band’s performances, the work on Grateful Deadication is fresh, exciting and very inspiring. That may be in part to the fact that before taking on the project legendary Detroit area saxaphone player Dave McMurray had limited exposure to the Dead’s music. So where did this all come from? I tracked down Dave McMurray to talk about the project, and the conversation started when I asked what inspired the project to begin with.
First Song: 00:14: Loser
Interview Begins: 06:46
Extro Song: 33:50: Franklin's Tower
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