Sunday, October 26, 2008

R.I.P.-Merl Saunders

That big jam session in the sky keeps getting better and better every day.

Keyboardist Merl Saunders died yesterday after complications from a stroke. He had played with the likes of Miles Davis and was a longtime friend and collaborator to Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead.

In fact, after Garcia almost died from his diabetic coma in 1986, it was his friend Merl Saunders who stayed by his side and helped Jerry learn to play the guitar again. Jerry and Merl played together in a variety of forms from the early 70's through the late 80's. Luckily (like all things involving Garcia), most of those collaborations were recorded. Make sure you check out Merl's classic 1990 instrumental album "Blues from the Rainforest".

I'm sure him and Jerry and jamming again right now and the thought of that just puts a huge smile on my face....

Click below to listen to some great Saunders/Garcia moments.

Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia-Berkley, CA 1973 Mix

Merl Saunders (with guest Jerry Garcia)-Blues From the Rainforest

Grateful Dead with Merl Saunders-The Twilight Zone (TV Series) Soundtrack

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