Stanley Jordan Launches "Stanley Plays The Dead" with Enthralling Cover of "Eyes of the World"

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Monday, April 1, 2024

Guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has announced the debut of his latest project, "Stanley Plays The Dead," a band formed out of Jordan's deep respect and admiration for the Grateful Dead and their legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia. The band has just released a captivating rendition of "Eyes of the World," a classic from the Grateful Dead's 1973 album Wake of the Flood. Fans can view the mesmerizing performance here.

The song "Eyes of the World," penned by Robert Hunter with music by Jerry Garcia, is part of the rich legacy of the Grateful Dead's music, now reimagined by Stanley Jordan's creative genius. "Stanley Plays The Dead" represents a fresh exploration of the Grateful Dead's music, blending jazz influences, cosmic vibes, and an enhanced trippy atmosphere.

Jordan's connection to the Grateful Dead's music is deeply rooted in his upbringing in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the band originated. His relationship with the music deepened through performances with Phil Lesh and Friends, linking him directly to the Grateful Dead's ongoing musical narrative.

"Stanley Plays The Dead" features Stanley Jordan on guitar, Kenwood Dennard on drums, Greg Koerner on bass, and Jesse Hiatt on keyboards and second guitar. Each member contributes a distinct and rich musical background, combining elements of jazz, rock, and the essence of the Grateful Dead's sound. The band aims to honor the legacy of the Grateful Dead while inviting audiences to explore the music's infinite possibilities through their innovative interpretations.

Jordan shares, "The Dead's repertoire is an integral part of the Great American Songbook. Our goal is to share this music, adding our unique perspective while remaining faithful to its original essence. This project is about more than just playing music; it's about embarking on a journey of musical discovery and shared experiences."

This release marks not only a celebration but also a reimagining of the Grateful Dead's music, poised to captivate both longtime fans and newcomers. As "Stanley Plays The Dead" sets out on this new venture, they welcome everyone to join them in experiencing the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, reinterpreted through the exceptional talents of Stanley Jordan and his band.

Experience "Eyes of the World" by Stanley Plays The Dead and join this extraordinary musical expedition.