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Merl Saunders/Jerry Garcia: Keystone Companions – The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings

Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, January 2017

KEYBOARDIST MERL Saunders' decision to sit in at a regular jam in San Francisco's Matrix club one night in December 1970 would prove a stroke of luck for all concerned. This wasn't just any open-mic free-for-all, but a session led by Grateful Dead kingpin Jerry Garcia. It led to one of the most significant collaborations of Garcia's life, musical and personal. (It was Saunders who helped reintroduce Jerry to music after his debilitating diabetic coma in 1986.)

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