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Monday, December 9, 2013

Dream Night Wind

On this date in 1993, the Grateful Dead welcomed several special guest to the stage at the LA Sports Arena. Airto Moreira and Flora Purim joined Mickey and Billy on the "Drums" jam during the second set before the great jazz musician Ornette Coleman joined them for the remainder of the set. Download an Audience of the show HERE.
The second set opens with a blazing "China/Rider." They next slip into a dark expansive "Estimated," who's jam hints and flirts with "Eyes" before landing on the final "Wave to the Wind." I have always felt that this song was under used by the Grateful Dead because Phil was reluctant to call one of his numbers. This is why DeadHead's had to start the "We want Phil" chants to counter act his reluctance. Thanks to the "Wave to the Wind," there is a fresh breath given to "He's Gone," which clocks in at 15 minutes.
If you normally skip "Drums/Space" stick with this one because there is some enchanting singing by Flora on "Drums." Then Ornette really sparks the "Space" jam, which is twice as long as the one the next night. Even as the band slow builds "The Other One," Ornette stays with the ambient soul blowing notes. A pretty good "Wharf Rat" sets-up the perfect saxophone song "Lovelight." Ornette sparkles as he hits the songs theme. Stay tune because the next night has another special guest.
I: Touch, Wang Dang, Peggy-O, Queen Jane, Broken Arrow, Loose Lucy, Easy Answers, Don't Ease
II: China, Rider, Estimated, Wave to the Wind, He's Gone, Drums*, Space**, Other One**, Wharf Rat**, Lovelight** E: Liberty
*With Airto Moreira & Flora Purim **With Ornette Coleman

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