Jerry Garcia - Reflections (1976)

Jerry Garcia was an American singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the lead guitarist for the Grateful Dead.

On Garcia's third solo album he was backed by two different bands. Half of the songs saw him with the Grateful Dead, and were essentially Dead songs put out on a solo release. On the other four songs he was backed by the Jerry Garcia Band, consisting of John Kahn (bass), Nicky Hopkins (piano), Larry Knetchel (Fender Rhodes electric piano) and Ron Tutt (drums). The Jerry Garcia Band became his primary project outside the Grateful Dead, and he toured and recorded with them from this point onwards until his death. However their membership changed frequently, and this is the only release featuring this first lineup.
Despite the songs being divided between the two bands, Reflections still managed to retain a strong, consistent vibe throughout - languid, relaxed, often jazzy and complex in its arrangements, all tied together by Garcia's distinctive vocals and electric guitar. Half the songs are Garcia/Hunter originals, and the covers include Allen Toussaint's "I'll Take A Melody" and the Robert Hunter solo composition "It Must Have Been The Roses". Many of the songs here became integrated into the Grateful Dead set list, and later appeared on various live albums.

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