A 4 disc set capturing club concerts performed at the Keystone in Berkeley, California by Jerry Garcia and keyboard companion Merl Saunders in July of 1973 is scheduled to be released September 25th. The Keystone and Matrix (a San Francisco club once operated by Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane) dates included John Kahn on bass, and Bill Vitt behind the drums. The club shows gave the Garcia a forum to cover a range of styles in front of audiences not expecting to hear any Grateful Dead material. During the course of any set, Garcia, Saunders and company would cover Motown, Blues, Rockabilly, Reggae, Jazz and Funk. Garcia's versatility impressed Saunders who likened him to Eric Gale in the shared ability to comfortably cover so many genres of music. 'Anything he played was very musical' He knew how to do a rhythm on any kind of tune - Gospel, Blues, Jazz. I was amazed.'
Keystone Companions/The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings presents remastered songs from the live sets performed July 10 & 11 in the order they were done those nights and includes seven tracks not previously released. One highlight of the collection finds mandolin great David Grisman, a member another Garcia side band, Bluegrass outfit Old & in the Way, joining the group on Dylan's Positively 4th Street.
The September release will include liner notes by David Gans in a booklet with vintage photos, a poster and a coaster.