Soul Roach
Composer: Merl Saunders / Ray Shanklin

Soul Roach was performed around 15 times by the Jerry Garcia/Merl Saunders band and Legion of Mary in 1974/1975 and a further 6 or 7 times by Reconstruction in 1979.

Soul Roach was first released by Merl Saunders, split over both sides of a 7" single, in 1966. A different recording of the piece was then included on his Soul Grooving LP in 1968. In the liner notes of the Soul Grooving LP Merl Saunders says that Soul Roach "was written for a swinging family in Denver."

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders

info Fire Up, Merl Saunders, 1973
info Fire Up Plus, Merl Saunders, 1992
info Pure Jerry: Keystone Berkeley, September 1, 1974, Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders Band, 2004

Other Merl Saunders recordings

info Single (Soul Roach Part 1 / Soul Roach Part 2), Merl Saunders & His Orchestra, 1966
info Soul Grooving, Merl Saunders Trio and Big Band, 1968
info Cool, Various Artists, 1988
info Soho Scene '66-'67 Jazz Goes Mod, Various Artists, 2020
info Instrumentals Soul-Style Vol. 3: 1965-1966, Various Artists, 2021

Other recordings

info Jazz a La Soul, M.R.L.S., 2004
info Electric Mix: Tasty Live & Studio Tune Treats, Phil McGee, 2011

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