Jerry- Call and Response

Jerry- Call and Response

Postby Jimaroe » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:43 pm

Howdy all:
I've been kicking around this thought in my head for some time and I'm very interested in hearing some takes from anybody interested in adding their two cents. I think one aspect of the GD, and Jerry in particular, that has appealed to me from day one was/is Jerry's inate ability to play interspersed with other musicians. Particulary, Jerry and Brent's call and response. This especially hit home after watching some of the videos that have been released/re-released of the late 80s, early 90 era. Jerry and Brent trading notes, almost like one knew where the other was going, it's just something that really sings to me about the music. I'm not a professional musician, and my first shows were early nineties, basically in the rafters, so I was never really close enough to stage to see this play out with my eyes until I obtained the vids, but my ears always kinda told me the story on it. Sorry if this sounds corny/irrelevant or I'm not using the correct term call/response, call/answer, but I'd love to hear from some of the musicians, and common folk like me, chime in on it. :smile:
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Re: Jerry- Call and Response

Postby caspersvapors » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:59 pm

I think the two of them really dug each others playing. Jerry and Bobby have a lot of great call and response moments as well

to give you another example pre-brent of some call and response - check out Truckin from 11/6/77. hot like fiya
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Re: Jerry- Call and Response

Postby Jimaroe » Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:12 pm

caspersvapors wrote:I think the two of them really dug each others playing. Jerry and Bobby have a lot of great call and response moments as well

to give you another example pre-brent of some call and response - check out Truckin from 11/6/77. hot like fiya


Yes. I read a quote somewhere that Bobby said, something to the effect that he knew where Jerry was going, and would be there with a little surprise for him. Wish I could find the exact quote, cool nonetheless. Ill check that Truckin out. Thanks
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Re: Jerry- Call and Response

Postby NorthboundRain » Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:47 pm

I've always thought that the interplay between different band members really defines the sound and style of different eras. In the 60's most of the improv seems driven by Jerry and Phil playing off of each other (when the whole band wasn't backing up or reacting to Pigpen). In the early 70's Bob's style developed to a point where he could start to interject ideas into the mix and once Keith joined the band there was enough harmonic support for Phil to wander off and spend more time the the Phil Zone.

In the mid seventies I hear Jerry and Keith playing off of each other which to me is the core of the Jazz Years. As Keith started to fade in the late 70's Bill and Mickey's drumming drove Jerry and the band through the Disco years.

As mentioned before Jerry and Brent traded a lot of licks in in the 80's and early 90's and by the final years the band is still playing together but more as individuals and not as much of a gestalt ensemble. That's why I enjoyed seeing Hornsby sit in, his presence really seemed to bring the band together at times.
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Re: Jerry- Call and Response

Postby Tennessee Jedi » Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:44 am

I like to do a little call and response in GSET - right after the 2nd " instrumental " part and over the verse with the Keys -I got the idea from watching Vic and PlayingDead though !
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Re: Jerry- Call and Response

Postby Pete B. » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:31 am

There is some great call & responce with Jerry/Brent on some "Other One"'s, during the verses, between the lyrics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXY9BQeA33g
What is that lick Jer plays starting at 5:40?
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Re: Jerry- Call and Response

Postby Tennessee Jedi » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:34 am

Pete B. wrote:There is some great call & responce with Jerry/Brent on some "Other One"'s, during the verses, between the lyrics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXY9BQeA33g
What is that lick Jer plays starting at 5:40?

sounds diminished ?
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Re: Jerry- Call and Response

Postby paulinnc » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:38 pm

This has the best call and response with Jerry and the audience EVER!!!! This is the first video I have seen of the entire Shining Star from Hampton 93. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T4bVDhXgbA
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Re: Jerry- Call and Response

Postby easytoslip » Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:42 pm

thanks for the 77 and 93 suggestions, giving a listen now. got to hear some great conversing back and forth last night between Max Creek's Murawski (on the Languedoc) and Jeff Pevar. Killer chops, good times right there.
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Re: Jerry- Call and Response

Postby zambiland » Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:35 pm

I think that call and response is a subset of music as conversation, which is what the Dead was all about. I keep trying to get this concept into the heads of all the musicians I play with, but it's hard to get across sometimes. It takes more listening than playing, even though from the outside it seems like it's all about the playing. Same thing in the jazz world.
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Re: Jerry- Call and Response

Postby caspersvapors » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:38 pm

paulinnc wrote:This has the best call and response with Jerry and the audience EVER!!!! This is the first video I have seen of the entire Shining Star from Hampton 93. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T4bVDhXgbA


18:22 - f*cking awesome. that put a huge smile on my face
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