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Jazz Is Dead

Jazz is Dead is an instrumental Grateful Dead cover band that interprets classic Dead songs with jazzy influences instrumentally. There have been different line-ups over time with T Lavitz being the only mainstay off all of them.

Three years after the Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia died, the first line-up of Jazz Is Dead released their first album, Blue Light Rain, which is in fact the first lyrical line from the song "Unbroken Chain". This album features "Crazy Fingers", "Scarlet Begonias", "Dark Star", "Red Baron" by Billy Cobham, the Phil Lesh classic "Unbroken Chain", and the Blues for Allah tunes "King Solomon's Marbles" and the epic "Help on The Way / Slipknot! / Franklin's Tower>Spiral Staircase" medley.

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Phil Ranelin & Wendell Harrison: Jazz Is Dead 16

Read "Jazz Is Dead 16" reviewed by Chris May


There is much to love about Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad's Jazz Is Dead label and an equal amount to hate. The production duo's declared mission is “to foreground legends from the past" and “to highlight their contributions" to popular music in general and jazz in particular. Admirable. Spread the love. Trouble is, the results ...

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Jazz Is Dead 16

Label: Jazz Is Dead
Released: 2023
Track listing: Genesis; Open Eye; Running With The Tribe; Fire In Detroit; Ursa Major; Metropolitan Blues; Black Census.

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Jazz Is Dead 14

Label: Jazz Is Dead
Released: 2022
Track listing: Karibu; The Griot; People's Revolution; Memories Lost; Feedback; Cafe Negro; African Sun; A Song For Sigrid.

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Jazz Is Dead 13

Label: Jazz Is Dead
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Avenues; Daybreak; Corridors; Summer Solstice; Juneteenth; Dogon Cypher; Reflections.

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Henry Franklin: Jazz Is Dead 14

Read "Jazz Is Dead 14" reviewed by Chris May


Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad's Jazz Is Dead label is a moveable feast when it comes to consistency. In its fourteen albums date, there have been some great ones, some not so great ones and a couple of duds. With bassist Henry Franklin, however, the label has come up with a blinder, its most satisfying ...

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Katalyst: Jazz Is Dead 13

Read "Jazz Is Dead 13" reviewed by Chris May


Drab graphic design aside, the semiology of the Jazz Is Dead label promises good things. The name itself suggests music that is the opposite of dead--something vibrant, inventive, of its time--while the label's co-founders, producers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, are active in the struggle for universal social justice. On top of that, Muhammad was ...

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Jazz Is Dead 8: Brian Jackson

Label: Jazz Is Dead
Released: 2021
Track listing: Under the Bridge; Mars Walk; Young Muhammad; Nancy Wilson; Baba Ibeji; Duality; Bain De Minuit; Ethiopian Sunshower.

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Brian Jackson: Jazz Is Dead 8: Brian Jackson

Read "Jazz Is Dead 8: Brian Jackson" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Jazz is Dead series of recordings is neither trying to bury or resurrect the genre. It largely exists on the periphery where “jazz" is either a prefix or suffix. The project, launched by musician-producers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad in 2020, is prolific and elastic in its choice of artists and styles. Younge and ...

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Jazz Is Dead 4: Azymuth

Label: Jazz Is Dead
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ao Redor Do Samba; Sumaré; Cat Jump; Fall Afternoon; Friendship Samba; Apocalíptico; Pulando Corda; Quiet Storm.


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