"Estimated Prophet" - Grateful Dead ft Branford Marsalis 3.29.1990 [SoundCloud Audio Stream]

Francesco Marano

by Francesco Marano

Published July 11, 2014

On September 9, The Grateful Dead will release Wake Up to Find Out 3/29/90, a three cd box set featuring that night's complete performance. Above is a track from that recording which you can listen to above, titled "Estimated Prophet." For this nearly fifteen minute performance, respected jazz musician Branford Marsalis sat in with the band.

For people already familiar with this tune, Mr. Marsalis adds a unique and jazzy twist with his playing through a Vandoren V12 clarinet. Bob Weir's vocals are crisp, and Jerry's solo in the first half of the song is drenched through his wah-wah pedal. It's at the eight minute mark that Branford is giving the spotlight and his playing is nothing short of stellar. Snake like grooves weave in and out while the rest of the band holds the song's foundation down for him.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mr. Marsalis spoke about the song:

That 7/4 time was not a big deal to a guy who plays jazz. Where jazz guys fuck up playing with pop and rock bands is they seem insulted by the simplicity. In the jazz guy's world, there isn't a song that exists that I can't make better with my knowhow.

This concert will also be available as part of a 23-disc Grateful Dead box set titled Spring 1990 (The Other One), that will also be coming out on September 9. It will chronicle eight complete concerts from the group's three-week 25th anniversary tour of North America. Pre-orders are now available on The Grateful Dead's website.

For further music and news of The Grateful Dead, check out their Zumic Artist Page.


Source: Rolling Stone SoundCloud

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