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Published on Nov 28, 2015
I am so proud to announce the 2015 release of "Grateful Jazz" a CD project we started for Jazz Is Dead around 2004. For those unfamiliar with this band, JID is an interpretive ensemble that honors the compositions of The Grateful Dead but rearranges the music into more of an instrumental jazz/rock/funk fusion of styles and direction featuring renowned musicians. When I first joined the band around 2000 the line up were all heros of mine! Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report) on bass, T Lavitz (The Dregs) on keys and Rod Morgenstien (The Dregs/Winger) on drums. After various tours with the band, I took it upon myself to bring the ensemble into a recording studio in Hartford, CT that my dear friend, Doug Kupper owned to document the arrangements I had come up with for this world class ensemble. Because of Alphonso's unavailability at that time, I brought in my fav CT based bassist, Dave Livolsi for the initial recordings. As the project developed I decided to bring in a number of incredible guest musicians to add their own unique flavor to the mix..Alphonso Johnson, Bill Evans, Howard Levy, Jerry Goodman and another old pal of mine from CT, Bill Holloman who played and arranged his own 5 part horn section on two of the pieces. Much of this record are live takes, solos and everything... but the overdubbs were carefully selected to retain the original energy and performances. Sadly our dear friend T Lavitz passed away unexpectedly in 2010. This record is in honor of and dedicated to his amazing contributions to the inception of this band and the amazing gift he brought to this world. I am so thrilled his amazing performances on this record are finally available for all to hear! We hope you will enjoy this music and share it 's existence with your friends and loved ones! Please contact us through www.pevar.com for ordering info and thank you for your support of this project! Love to all. Jeff Pevar