Bruce and the Dead: Greensboro, NC .. April 1 1991

After a very successful 1990 tour, the Grateful Dead lost its longtime keyboard player Brent Mydland to a drug overdose. From September of the same year, Bruce Hornsby brought his piano along as a full-time member of the band.

b910401Bruce was felt by many to bring out the best in Jerry Garcia in his final years, and this performance is considered to be amongst Bruce’s strongest outings. It’s one of the most fondly remembered shows of that era, and one of their best of the 90s.

You can hear Bruce immediately on Jack Straw as Jerry had problems with his guitar – and he is prominent throughout. You will recognise some Dead staples from Bruce’s own shows (Jack Straw, I Know You Rider) as well as China Cat Sunflower, which gave birth to Bruce’s own Sunflower Cat.

Some quotes on this show from around the web:

“Bruce is given space to lead the band. He’s such a sensitive player, a great listener with stupendous feel for what is happening within the music. He also brought out the very best in Jerry while he was in the band (Sept. ’90 – March ’92.) (I think he would have been the best available permanent replacement for Brent, but he chose not to commit due to his other projects.)”

“Bruce added a musical dimension and consistency the band never had before. Different stuff than the 70’s and 80’s for sure, and while the straight piano sound might not be as trippy or soft as some of Brent and Keith’s work, it created a frame for Jerry and the boys to work around and launch from. Plus he’s a huge Dark Star fan… Bruce had the ability to transform a two or three note lick from anyone in the band into a theme they’d all play off of.”

Enjoy these downloads, and don’t forget to tune into the online broadcast of the Fare Thee Well shows in Santa Clara, CA, beginning this Saturday!

  01. Jack Straw
» 6.1 MiB - 570 downloads

  02. Peggy-O
» 6.3 MiB - 367 downloads

  03. It's All Over Now
» 7.0 MiB - 330 downloads

  04. Candyman
» 6.0 MiB - 332 downloads

  05. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
» 4.8 MiB - 335 downloads

  06. Picasso Moon
» 6.4 MiB - 315 downloads

  07. Bird Song
» 15.4 MiB - 340 downloads

  08. China Cat Sunflower >
» 6.1 MiB - 352 downloads

  09. I Know You Rider
» 6.4 MiB - 334 downloads

  10. Looks Like Rain
» 8.0 MiB - 323 downloads

  11. Dark Star
» 21.6 MiB - 447 downloads

  12. Drums >
» 7.2 MiB - 310 downloads

  13. Space >
» 8.8 MiB - 308 downloads

  14. Dark Star >
» 2.7 MiB - 315 downloads

  15. Playing in the Band >
» 3.4 MiB - 324 downloads

  16. Black Peter >
» 9.0 MiB - 365 downloads

  17. Turn on Your Lovelight
» 5.5 MiB - 366 downloads

  18. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
» 6.6 MiB - 360 downloads

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  1. […] You may also be interested in this download of a show that Bruce played with the Grateful Dead – highly recommended by a number of sources: April 1 1991 – Greensboro, NC. […]

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