Grateful Brass (EP) 2022
This debut 4 song release offers a snapshot at what this group has been carefully developing over the past 2 years with this ambitious project. Focusing on their instrumental arrangements the EP journeys through Jazz, Global rhythms, Funk, Classical and of course that New Orleans Brass Band magic. Arrangements on this group of songs are contributed from sax player Tommy Occhiuto, Tuba/vocalist Jonathan Seiberlich and by producer Adam Theis who’s also been a member of Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir’s current band.
Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Wait, actually keep them open and keep reading, but imagine in your minds eye an alternate reality in which Jerry, Bobby and Phil came up as horn players instead of guitarists…
Grateful Brass re-imagines the iconic music of the Grateful Dead with an instrumentation of brass, drums and vocals (no guitar!). The music digs deep into the Grateful Dead discography with creative re-imaginations infused with the ebullient spirit of New Orleans Second Line, trance-like grooves of Afrobeat, brass-driven energy of Balkan music, and energetic Afro-Cuban polyrhythms, all sitting on top of a heavy foundation of funk.
Grateful Brass is led by Adam Theis who is a current member of The Wolf Pack with Bob Weir & Wolf Bros and whose arrangements are featured in their live shows, as well as two Bob Weir albums released in 2022 (“Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live in Colorado” and “Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live in Colorado Vol. 2”).
Some of the finest musicians on the West Coast have joined Theis in creating this newest offshoot of the Bay Area music collective Jazz Mafia; many who have long collaborated with other artists in the Grateful Dead community like Mickey Hart, Joe Russo's Ain't Dead Yet, Peter Rowan, Reed Mathis, Jackie Greene, and Cold Blood.
Grateful Brass embraces the challenge of carrying on a 50+ year tradition of imagination, creativity, and groovy improvisatory adventures. This loving homage will make you fall in love with Grateful Dead's music all over again, or for the first time.