Posts Tagged ‘Bob Bralove’

Hybrid Vigor 11/4/17: the recording

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Hybrid Vigor played at the Art House Gallery in Berkeley on Saturday, November 4.

Terry Haggerty – guitar
David Gans – guitar and vocals
Katie Guthorn – vocals
Bob Bralove – keyboards and vocals
Dave Jess – bass
Neil Hampton – drums

Rich Selleseth was there to help with sound and to record the show. Listen and/or download here.

We had a studio jam on March 7 (with Robin Sylvester on bass). One improvisation from that day, “That Strain We Like,” will appear on my new CD Drop the Bone, to be released later this month.

Dead to the World 4/8/15

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Greatest Story Ever Told
Mr. Charlie
Black Throated Wind
China Cat Sunflower->
I Know You Rider
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)
Me and Bobby McGee
Big Boss Man
Jack Straw
Big Railroad Blues
Looks Like Rain
Casey Jones
Grateful Dead March 22, 1972 Academy of Music, New York NY

Walking in the Middle of ItBob Bralove’s Psychedelic Circus, Davis CA 2014

Banana Boat Song (Day-O)Tip of the Freberg: The Stan Freberg Collection 1951-1998

New Kaiser-Bralove CD “Ultraviolet Licorice”

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Henry Kaiser left a copy of Ultraviolet Licorice on my doorstep while I was at the ball game yesterday.

I love the title – seems to me it’s derived from Bob Bralove‘s Infrared Roses and Jerry Garcia’s oft-quoted statement that the Grateful Dead is like licorice – you either love it or you don’t.

Michael Zelner forwarded this review to the GD Hour mailing list:

HENRY KAISER/BOB BRALOVE – Ultraviolet Licorice (Blove; USA)

Featuring Henry Kaiser on electric & acoustic guitars and Bob Bralove on acoustic piano and synths. Both Henry Kaiser and Bob Bralove have worked with members of the Grateful Dead at different times. Henry has sat in with Phil Lesh & Friends and Mr. Bralove played live with The Dead for a number of years during the drums and/or space segments. Hence, both of these men know the power of psychedelic jamming. Right from the gitgo of “Concrete Nebula”, those cosmic space/rock sounds and vibes are flowing. There is a strong give and take between both musicians, as well as an uplifting, transcendent wash of warm pastel colors. Even when both musicians play acoustic instruments, their sound is still quietly cosmic. When Henry switches to that fuzz/wah wah tone on “Red Queen”, you just want it to go on forever. It sounds as if the duo is playing during a thunder storm on “Heavenly Plaster” and it fits just right. Mr. Bralove seems to favor his acoustic piano and uses his synth selectively to create moods or set the scenes of the journeys these men take us on. If any of you out there have a problem with the Dead, please forget any references that I made here since this music is still wonderful, engaging and transformative. In the olden days (of the seventies), one might call this space music or perhaps early krautrock. Either way, it is consistently mesmerizing.

I spent the day listening to some recent and early period live Grateful Dead discs. I got to hear two versions of “New Potato Caboose” (my current favorite early Dead song), one from this year and one from 1968. I bring this up since it was fellow Dead fan Henry Kaiser who hipped me to the early live version. I also bring this up since keyboard wiz, Bob Bralove, has worked with The Dead for eight years, even producing a couple of their albums.

– Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

Grateful Dead Hour #1022

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Week of April 21, 2008

Part 1 22:31
Grateful Dead, Infrared Roses

Mickey Hart’s Mystery Box
Mickey Hart, Supralingua

Part 2 34:24
Grateful Dead 8/5/89 Cal Expo, Sacramento CA

More information abut the Mickey Hart reissues in this post.

Mickey is hitting the festival circuit this summer!

The Mickey Hart Band will feature Steve Kimock on guitar, George Porter Jr on bass, Jen Durkin on vocals, and talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju. After headlining appearances at Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa on June 6 and Wakarusa on June 8, the group will head out on an 18 city trek beginning July 3 at the Rothbury Festival and continuing through July 24 at 10K Lakes Festival.

Mickey Hart Band tour info and more on his site,

Infrared Roses is the wonderful work of Bob Bralove. From the bio on his web site:

Bob Bralove was the MIDI wizard, producer (Infrared Roses, Built to Last), and co-writer of Gold and Platinum selling songs, including: “Picasso Moon,” “Way to Go Home,” “Easy Answers,” “Parallelogram,” “Little Nemo in Nightland,” “Sparrow Hawk Row,” with the Grateful Dead for the last eight years of the long, strange trip…. Bralove is especially well known for his undeniable creative sound, performing and designing with the Grateful Dead, the mind-bending, avant-garde Drums and Space segments of their live shows.

Infrared Roses is out of print, but maybe it’ll come back when GDP/Rhino get the download program going. Stay tuned.

Bob recently released a CD of solo piano improvisations called Stories in Black and White.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Grateful Dead Productions, announcing the release of Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings, a 9-disc set containing every note recorded at the legendary San Francisco venue on November 9, 10, and 11, 1973. Mastered in HDCD from the original 2-track reels using a state-of-the-art restoration technique, Winterland 1973 captures the post-Pigpen Dead at a creative peak on their home turf. Audio samples, historical documents, message board, and details of a limited-edition bonus disc are available now at

The 10,000 Lakes Festival, July 23 through 26 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 10KLF features Phil Lesh & Friends, Mickey Hart Band, Dark Star Orchestra, The Flaming Lips, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and over fifty additional acts. More information and tickets for the 10,000 Lakes Festival are available at

Woodstock Trading Company, a brick-and-mortar as well as an online store offering clothing, posters, incense, tye dyes, and gifts from the Grateful Dead and numerous other bands. The store is located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and online at