Saturday, October 27, 2018

Shades of Joy - 1969 - Shades of Joy

Shades of Joy
Shades of Joy

01. Icarus Revealed 3:30
02. Come And Throw The Rye Bread 2:53
03. Crying Bag 2:35
04. 4th Stride 6:40
05. It's Time 4:25
06. Bye, Bye Love 4:10
07. Andy's Dream 4:10
08. Blues For Millie 6:23
09. Tada 3:28

Bass – Edward Adams
Drums, Tambourine – Jose Rodriguez
Effects [Sound], Violin [One String] – Lee Charlton
Guitar, Sitar – Jackie King
Piano, Flugelhorn – Jymm Young
Saxophone [Alto Tenor, Soprano], Flute, Vocals – Martin Fierro
Vocals – Millie Foster

Shades of Joy was a short-lived supergroup of a bunch of hippies jamming out some funky, trippy, and soothing grooves on a plethora of instruments. It's a mystery who was actually in this loose-knit group but supposedly Jerry Garcia was part of it. If you notice on the cover it says "arranged and conducted by Martín Fierro". After a little research I learned that Martín Fierro was a saxophonist who played with not just The Dead but also The String Cheese Incident, David Grisman, Yonder Mountain String Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sir Douglas Quintet, and the Allman Brothers, just to name a few- holy cow. Sadly, Matín Fierro aka "The Meester" passed away just last year.

Friendly cocktail vocal jazz/faux-Tropicalia/vocal blues/primitive (read: dull) jazz-rock. I grabbed this after hearing of their Music of El Topo album (which I'm listening to next), but nothing I've read about the music of that album is applicable to the music on this one.

The exception is 4th Stride, which goes back and forth between the aforementioned polite jazz and some much, much more out there territory. But it's one track out of nine.

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