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RIP Martin Fierro: January 18, 1942 – March 13, 2008

Posted by jhochstat on March 16, 2008

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This week the music world lost a gifted artist and friend, Martin Fierro.

Meester as he was known to many, left his mark on music history with his involvement with many bands and artists over the last 40 years including:

Mother Earth, recording with Michael Bloomfield, Mark Naftalin and Tracy Nelson. He also formed a lifelong musical alliance with Jerry Garcia, appearing on The Grateful Dead’s Wake of the Flood album and joining Garcia in The Legion of Mary. Among other groups and artists, The Meester has recorded with James Cotton, The Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Shades of Joy and Merle Saunders, and performed with Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs and Queen Ida. In 1970 Fierro composed the musical score for the cult film classic, El Topo.

Martin Fierro is currently a founding member of the jam band Zero. He has also performed in recent years with The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, Dark Star Orchestra and New Monsoon.


There are so many people with great “remember the time we were at that show and meester……” stories.

One of my favorite meester performances with Jerry Garcia (and well worth seeking out)

Jerry Garcia & Merle Saunders
The Lion’s Share
San Anselmo, CA
June 4, 1974

Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
Merl Saunders – keyboards, vocals
John Kahn – bass
Martin Fierro – saxophone, flute
Bill Kreutzmann – drums

1st Set:
1. Bag’s Groove
2. Expressway (To Your Heart)
3. I Second That Emotion
4. Wonderin’ Why
5. Soul Roach

2nd Set:

1. All Blues
2. New York City *
3. Harder They Come
4. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

* With Alice Stuart – vocals


One Response to “RIP Martin Fierro: January 18, 1942 – March 13, 2008”

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