Dark Star: The Music of the Grateful Dead

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Dark Star: The Music of the Grateful Dead
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Studio album by David Murray Octet
Released 1996
Recorded January 17–18, 1996
Genre Jazz
Length 61:05
Label Astor Place (label)
Producer Herbie Miller
David Murray chronology
Flowers Around Cleveland
Dark Star: The Music of the Grateful Dead
Long Goodbye: A Tribute to Don Pullen

Dark Star: The Music of the Grateful Dead is an album by the David Murray Octet released on Astor Place (label). It was released in 1996 and contains Murray's versions of compositions by the Grateful Dead. The Octet plays on the first six tracks, and the last is a Murray solo, accompanied only by Bob Weir on acoustic guitar.

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars stating "So overall this is a mixed bag, most highly recommended to listeners who have a high tolerance level and a strong sense of humor."[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Shakedown Street" (Garcia, Hunter) – 8:54
  2. "Samson and Delilah" (Traditional) – 11:12
  3. "Estimated Prophet" (Barlow, Weir) – 5:55
  4. "Dark Star" (Garcia, Hunter, Kreutzmann, Lesh, McKernan, Weir) – 16:15
  5. "China Doll" (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:17
  6. "One More Saturday Night" (Weir) – 8:29
  7. "Shoulda Had Been Me" (Cockburn, Nash, Weir) – 5:06
  • Recorded on January 17–18, 1996 at Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 10, 2011