Martin Fierro (saxophonist)

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Martin Fierro
Martin Fierro.jpg
Fierro in August, 2005 Photo: David Gans
Background information
Born (1942-01-18)18 January 1942
United States
Died March 13, 2008(2008-03-13) (aged 66)
Marin County, California United States
Genres Jazz, alt-rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Saxophone
Associated acts James Cotton, Quicksilver Messenger Service, David Grisman, Derek Trucks, Dark Star Orchestra, The Grateful Dead

Martin Fierro (January 18, 1942 – March 13, 2008) was a tenor saxophonist who played in the jazz, freeform rock, and avant-garde traditions. Fierro played with the Sir Douglas Quintet, Legion of Mary, Jerry Garcia, James Cotton, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Loudon Wainwright III, Queen Ida, Jazz Is Dead, The String Cheese Incident, David Grisman, Derek Trucks, Dark Star Orchestra, the Allman Brothers, Merl Saunders, The Grateful Dead, Zero, Steve Kimock & Friends, Yonder Mountain String Band and many more.

During a Zero concert, vocalist Judge Murphy, a long-time participant in the San Francisco music scene, referred to Martin as "the best musician I know"[citation needed].

Martin's wacky sense of humor was an added element at shows, with Martin often telling sophomoric one-liners between songs[citation needed].

Fierro died on March 13, 2008 in Marin County, California after a short battle with cancer.[1]

Mr. Fierro was also known as "The Meester" to his many loving fans.[citation needed]


Cut You Loose!, James Cotton, 1967
Revolution Soundtrack, Various Artists, 1968
Living With The Animals, Mother Earth, 1968
Single (Revolution / Stranger In My Own Home Town), Mother Earth, 1968
Sir Douglas Quintet + 2 (Honkey Blues), Sir Douglas Quintet + 2, 1968
Single (Are Inlaws Really Outlaws? / Sell A Song), Sir Douglas Quintet, 1968
Single (Mendocino / I Wanna Be Your Mama Again), Sir Douglas Quintet, 1968
Mendocino, Sir Douglas Quintet, 1969
Single (And It Didn't Even Bring Me Down / Lawd, I'm Just A Country Boy in this Great Big Freaky City), Sir Douglas Quintet, 1969
Single (At The Crossroads / Texas Me), Sir Douglas Quintet, 1969
Single (Wait, Wait, Wait/I Wanna Be Your Mama Again), Mother Earth, 1969
Single (Good Night Nelda Grebe/Down So Low), Mother Earth, 1969
Shades Of Joy, Shades Of Joy, 1969
The Music Of El Topo, Shades Of Joy, 1970?
1+1+1=4, Sir Douglas Quintet, 1970
Together After Five, Sir Douglas Quintet, 1970
Single (Be Real / I Don't Want To Go Home), Sir Douglas Quintet, 1970
Single (What About Tomorrow? / A Nice Song), Sir Douglas Quintet, 1970, Philips 40676
What About Me, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 1970
Single (What About Me / Good Old Rock And Roll), Quicksilver Messenger Service, March 1971, Capitol 3046
The Original Human Being, Blue Cheer, 1970
Future Tense, The Quintet, 1971
Hooteroll?, Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales, 1971
Rack Jobbers Blues, Hoodoo Rhythm Devils, 1971
Single (South Side Strut / Uncle Martin's), Howard Wales and Jerry Garcia, 1972
Single (Smoke - Douglas Promotional Sampler 1), Various Artists, 1972
El Quintet 2, The Quintet, 1972? (Not fully released)
Wake Of The Flood, Grateful Dead, 1973
Single (Let Me Sing Your Blues Away / Here Comes Sunshine), Grateful Dead, 1973
Single (Eyes Of The World / Weather Report Suite Part 1), Grateful Dead, 1973
Doug Sahm And Band, Doug Sahm, 1973
Brenda Patterson, Brenda Patterson, 1973
Texas Tornado, Sir Douglas Band, 1973
Anthology, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 1973
Merl Saunders, Merl Saunders, 1974
Jose "Chepito" Areas, Jose Chepito Areas, 1974
Unrequited, Loudon Wainwright III, 1975
Cesar 830, Cesar Ascarrunz, 1975
Hit Road, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 1975 (Europe)
You Can Leave Your Hat On, Merl Saunders and Aunt Monk, 1976
Rendezvous With The Sun, Howard Wales, 1976
Skylight, Jackie King, 1977 (Texas Re-Cord TRC-1008)
Wake Of The Flood / From The Mars Hotel, Grateful Dead, 1977?
Do I Move You, Merl Saunders, 1979
M3000, Mandre, 1979
Midnight Sun, Doug Sahm, 1983
Caught In The Crossfire, Rocky Sullivan, 1984
Peace By Piece, Quicksilver, 1986
Don't Slander Me, Roky Erickson, 1986
Here Goes Nothing, Zero, 1988
Nothin' Goes Here, Zero, 1989
Good Times Are So Hard to Find: The History of Blue Cheer, Blue Cheer, 1989
The Best of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 1990 (Capitol)
The Best Of Yesteryear, Blue Cheer, 1990
Go Hear Nothin': Live, Zero, 1991
Zero Blues, Zero, 1991
Sons of Mercury (1968–75), Quicksilver Messenger Service, 1991
The Best Of Doug Sahm And Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-1975, Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet, 1991
The Best of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 1992 (CEMA)
Protect Us From Evil, Harmless, 1993
Doug Sahm & Friends: The Best Of Doug Sahm's Atlantic Sessions, Doug Sahm, 1993
The Ultimate Journey, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 1993
Chance In A Million, Zero, 1994
The Runner, Jeff Jolly Band, 1996
The Best of Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth, Mother Earth, 1996
Zero, Zero, 1997
Keepers, Merl Saunders and Friends, 1997
DAVA, DAVA And The Peace Army, 1997
Zero Live: Nothin' Lasts Forever, Zero, 1998
Back To Back Hits, Canned Heat / Quicksilver Messenger Service, 1998
The Best Of The Vanguard Years, James Cotton, 1999
Gregg's Eggs, Gregg's Eggs, 2001
Masters Of Rock, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 2001
Double Zero, Zero, 2002
San Francisco, George Michalski, 2002
Love Rules, Sister Soul, 2002
Classic Masters, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 2002
1+1+1=4 / Return of Doug Saldana, Sir Douglas Quintet, 2002
Restless Kind, Natasha James, 2003
The Genuine Texas Groover, Doug Sahm, 2003
On The Road: August 2, 2003, North Plains, OR, String Cheese Incident, 2004
On The Road: Dec 8, 2003 Redwood City, CA, String Cheese Incident, 2004
Pure Jerry: Keystone Berkeley, September 1, 1974, Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders Band, 2004
Beyond Description, Grateful Dead, Oct 2004
Legion of Mary: The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 1, Legion Of Mary, 2005
On The Road: August 6, 2005, North Plains, OR, String Cheese Incident, 2005
Garcia Plays Dylan, Jerry Garcia Band / Grateful Dead, 2005
The Complete Mercury Masters, Sir Douglas Quintet, 2005
The Best of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 2005 (EMI)
Bad Judgements, Natasha James, 2007
Dead Skunk: The Complete Columbia Collection, Loudon Wainwright III, 2007
The Best of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 2008 (Collectables)
Hooteroll? + 2, Howard Wales and Jerry Garcia, 2010
Garcia Live Volume Three, Legion of Mary, 2013


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