Steve Futterman
June 14, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dark Star

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B+

Unlikely as it seems, saxophonist David Murray Octet’s Grateful Dead credentials are in order: He’s jammed with the band and is writing a musical with Bob Weir. Often-inspired readings are given to good-time groovers (”One More Saturday Night”), ballads (”China Doll”), and spacey jams (”Dark Star”). ”Shoulda Had Been Me,” Dark Star‘s closing duet between Murray and Weir, is an unexpected treat. B+

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