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Friday At The Fillmore ~ “Rock Odyssey” ~ Don Ellis Orchestra.

Don Ellis_1970 Fillmore West

 

Not only the did Rock and Blues best play the Fillmore, some great Jazz musicians and bands also played. To me this was the best big band that ever hit the Fillmore West stage. The song’s title just happen to fit right into the venue.

This 20 piece orchestra of Ellis that year jammed the roof off the place.

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Friday At The Fillmore ~ “Fresh Air” ~ Quicksilver Messenger Service

(Better late than never)

Recorded New Years Eve Fillmore West 1970
Written by Dino Valenti aka Valente,  Jesse Oris Farrow

Dino Valenti – guitar, vocals
Gary Duncan – guitar, vocals
John Cipollina – guitar
David Freiberg – bass, vocals
Greg Elmore – drums

The beginnings of this band with Dino actually stopped before it even began as he was arrested for possession of marijuana and went to jail for almost two years. QMS put out 3 albums that did well with Happy Trails being recorded at both Fillmore West and East.

They were one of the very first innovators of the San Fran Haight-Ashbury psychedelic scene of the mid to late 60s. Cipollina and Duncan guitars lit up some magic within the muse each riffing off the other. Jim Murray was an early feature on guitar as well but left the group soon after the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. When Valenti got out of jail he joined into the mix and their fourth album ‘Just For Love’ produced the bands biggest hit with “Fresh Air”.

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Friday At The Fillmore ~ And It Stoned Me/These Dreams Of You ~ Van Morrison

“Moonlight Serenade” Recorded on April 26, 1970 at the Fillmore West.

Written by Van Morrison
Songs originally off the 1969 “Moondance” album.

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