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Side Trips, Volume One

Side Trips, Volume One is a jazz-rock fusion album by Howard Wales and Jerry Garcia. It was recorded live at the Matrix in San Francisco in 1970, and released in October 1998.[2][3]

Side Trips, Volume One
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 1998
GenreJazz-rock fusion
LabelGrateful Dead Records
ProducerHoward Wales
John Cutler
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]


Monday night jam sessions at the MatrixEdit

In a 1991 interview, Garcia said, "So they used to have this Monday night jam session, but Howard gradually sort of took it over. Howard's this amazing organ player — difficult person, but wonderful musician. And for some reason he liked our playing, John [Kahn] and mine. We didn't know each other, John and I. In fact we played with Howard for almost a year before we even actually started talking to each other. Really. We would just show up, plug in, and play. About half the set I'd be whispering to John, I'd be saying, 'Hey, man, what key are we in?' Howard didn't have tunings or anything, he just played. Sometimes he would do these things that were so outside that you just couldn't — unless you knew where it was going, you had no idea where to start. Sometimes they'd turn out to be just these things like four-bar blues turnarounds, relatively simple musical things, but they were so extended the way he'd play them — 'God, what is this?'"[4]

Nevertheless, Side Trips, Volume One contains four relatively accessible jazz-rock improvisational performances.

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Howard Wales.

  1. "Free Flight" – 18:14
  2. "Space Funk" – 13:12
  3. "All for Life" – 24:33
  4. "Venutian Blues" – 9:15




  • Produced by Howard Wales and John Cutler
  • CD mastering by Jeffrey Norman
  • Design by Gecko Graphics
  • Photo by Ron Rakow
  • Logo photo by Mary Ann Mayer
  • Thanks to Deborah Garcia, Herbie Herbert, Steve Parish