Laughing Water
 : Laughing Water

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by: Jazz Is Dead

Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0633014401923
Format: Enhanced, Live
Item Dimensions: 4555021494
Label: Zebra Records
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Zebra Records
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: July 20, 1999
Publisher: Zebra Records
Release Date: July 20, 1999
Studio: Zebra Records

Disc 1:
  1. Vocal Intro/Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleoo
  2. Let Me Sing Your Blues Away
  3. Row Jimmy
  4. Stella Blue
  5. Vocal Intro/Here Comes Sunshine/Sunshine Jam
  6. Eyes of the World/Two Sisters
  7. Weather Report Suite (Pt. 1)
  8. Weather Report Suite (Pt. 2) (Let It Grow)
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Editorial Review:
Without offense to the often-brilliant lyricist Robert Hunter, it's always the singing and the words that ring hollow when another band tries to replicate the Grateful Dead experience. With all those pesky words out of the way, Jazz Is Dead are free to lay down 62 minutes of sweeping funk fusion. Not merely a pale imitator, this ferocious quintet adds to the creative process by injecting its own adventurous spirit into the Dead's music, not to mention an assortment of masterful chops. Here the group tackles 1973's Wake of the Flood, one of the Dead's most nuanced records, and the musicians themselves seem to delight in the music's subtle twists (check out bassist Alphonso Johnson's cascading lines in "Row Jimmy"). Even the forgotten "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" becomes a joyous, organ-fueled romp thanks to T Lavitz's keyboard work. Guitarist Jimmy Herring handles both the restrained vocal parts and the frenzied leads with aplomb. And besides, any chance to hear one of Bill Monroe's old Blue Grass Boys (fiddler Vassar Clements, who appeared on the original album) soar atop the throbbing bass of a former Weather Report member is worth the price of admission. --Marc Greilsamer

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