Reader’s Picks: Jeff D’Alonzo

The Storage Jam Brian ferguson

The Storage Jam (Brian Ferguson)

All selections and text by Jeff D’Alonzo

A disclaimer. I love trey and i love jams that exude emotion. Tried to do a combo of relatively unknowns and monsters, but thanks to Miner and this ridiculous community, there aren’t really any unknowns.

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Carini” 2.17.97 II, Amsterdam, NL

Thank the dude who remastered this show. It’s my belief that this show changed the game. The winter Europe tour started off strong, new style being developed and whatnot. The night prior, 2.16.97 took it a little further. However, this show, specifically this “Carini,” is where it went down. Coming out of the gate dirty, the band connected and went straight into that funky psychedelic vibe that is everywhere in ’97. There is really solid playing by everyone throughout the jam, but what makes it, is the ending. The last 4 minutes is the blissiest piece of bliss every made. Utter beauty and flowing with a peak that is the definition of gorgeous. I just blissed my pants.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ph1997-02-17d2t03.mp3]

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Antelope” 5.16.94 II, Los Angeles, CA

Pretty sure the only people that knew about this one, were the people at the show until this set popped up on etree, i guess 4 or 5 years ago, it was the last missing link to my 1994 collection. Lo and behold I saw a 20 minute “Antelope.” Popped it on and the rest is history. The jam after the “BBFCFM” nonsense is one the most beautiful pieces of Phish music ever made. Trey leads a melodic build up that makes me shiver with emotion. Not really sure how to explain it, heart wrenching glory I guess.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ph1994-05-16d2t02.mp3]

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Ghost” 6.15.00 I, Osaka, JP

I went through a month phase where I listened to this “Ghost” three times a day. Perfect driving music. Fishman is a god here and Trey follows his lead all the way through. Two jams, both brilliant, leading to a groove laced peak towards the end. Kids were lucky to be in Japan for this one.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/ph2000.06.15-Ghost-remastered-MTX.mp3]

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Bathtub Gin” 2.14.03 I, Los Angeles, CA

A personal favorite of mine. The only song on my list that i was present for. It seems like tour openers always have a big jam. The “Gin” is it. The whole winter tour was laced with huge “Gins.” But i like this version the best. Trey is a monster during this one. Funky, dirty, grooving, crushing. Pick whatever adjective, maybe Miner can help me. This jam is just amazing. Throw down city.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/1.06-Bathtub-Gin.mp3]

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Bathtub Gin” 9.12.99 I, Portland, OR

When I discovered this jam randomly back in the day, I was floored. Hadn’t really read about it anywhere or heard any mention, prolly overshadowed by the “Ghost” from the same show. But this jam rules. It’s a perfect summer show jam, sunset, all that jazz. As my buddy Shin likes to say, a straight candy raver. It’s just a really bouncy and happy version with a beautiful groove.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/portland99gin.mp3]

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Tweezer” 6.9.00 II, Tokyo, JP

Japan 2000 is arguably their best “jams” tour. So many heavy hitters. This one is probably the biggest. This “Tweezer” starts off cool, really laid back and patient. Gets a tad lost in the middle but then around the 18:00 mark,
everything in the world makes sense. So patient, all four of them finding their way. Both dirty and pristine, this ending jam is one for the ages, complete perfection.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Track-01.mp3]

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Mike’s Song” 11.7.98 I, Chicago, IL

My favorite “Mike’s” ever. First jam is solid, well played and energetic. Then comes jam two, an absolute blissful beast. I love every kind of Phish, acidy experimentation, deep swamp funk, methjazz, etc. I love it all. But what really gets me is the bliss. And the second mikes jam from UIC is one of the blissiest. And also being a complete Trey whore, i love it, and this jam has IT.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/02-Mikes-Song.mp3]

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Ghost” 7.12.03 II, George, WA

Post hiatus fire. Trey tone is in full effect. Another grooving shred fest, starts off really smooth and elegant. 10:50 mark on is why I go to shows. One of those moments when all you can do is smile at the fact that you got to listen to the greatest band on the planet do their thing.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2.06-Ghost.mp3]

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AC/DC Bag” 11.7.98 II, Chicago, IL

Everyone knows this one but I don’t care. ’98 is prolly their best year all around, imo. The ambient shit brought things to a whole other level. This monster has complete experimental psychedelic ambiance all over the place. Whatever that means. I don’t condone drug use, but if you decide to indulge, put this on and listen to the whole thing.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2-01-AC_DC-Bag.mp3]

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Mike’s Song” 11.21.95 II, Winston-Salem, NC

My friend Cheryl turned me on to the jam a couple years ago. Not the best “Mike’s,” but a personal favorite. First jam is typical ’95, rocking, Page and Fish owning. But again, the second jam is what i crave. It starts off spotty and confused but towards the end turns into another bliss fed gem. Trey takes control and plays a slow melody that cuts to my core. Beauty.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ph1995-11-21d3t1.mp3] Tags: ,

316 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Jeff D’Alonzo”

  1. MiA Says:

    Good point T3. There are upsides and downsides to that big ol’ machine. It is not light either. I wanted something I could pack up and move around easily, but wasn’t really a laptop.

    The 17″ was the only one I think I could get with the Matte screen. And I get that the glossy screens are super bright, but I really don’t like reflections in my computer monitor. Especially of my ugly mug.

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    Thanks for the links, RL, and the recs for what to look out for.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    good to see you, silly.
    hope you are doing well.

  4. btb Says:

    “Trent” – 1994 Bluegrass Trey

    “T’ray” – 99 problems Trey

    “Toby” – Summer of 89 Trey

  5. BNCB Says:

    UIC Bag, so sick. ’98’d

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Amazing how a 3 year old can sit in front of a CPU for 30 seconds and create 3 hours worth of work to restore… Ugh

  7. BNCB Says:

    kaya, enjoy those SuperCuts. Check the ASIHTOS, join the other 3 of us that love that jam.

    Also, check Trey on the Disease. Flips the crowd with a lick about 4 minutes in.

    and the shortest, sweetest Ghost evan

  8. roberto luongo Says:

    7/3 was one of the most enjoyable nights of 3.0 BNCB. FACT.

    what a perfect evening. great music. good peeps. good stuff.

  9. btb Says:

    postin’ just to post

    we’ve stalled out on page 11

    that’s a paddlin’

  10. BNCB Says:

    goll dang BTB! was about to post something similar

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    Trent!

  12. kayatosh Says:

    7.1.98 tweezer — $$$. please tell me soemon put this ion their reader’s picks?

  13. viola Says:

    7/3 was soooo good. i spin the time loves a hero alll the time… my favorite rendition. fish and mike create a pocket that is to die for and trey plays to serve the song and they just nail IT

  14. kayatosh Says:

    btb, love your trey twist around names. trent, t’ray, and toby. money.

  15. tela'smuff Says:

    7/3 first set is special. that little groove they find in Destiny Unbound is dope.

  16. little umbrellas Says:

    Tactical last Readers picks, wait till the end and figure out what’s left.

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    7/3 set 1 is classic. Set 2 is overrated.

  18. little umbrellas Says:

    Toby 89, is that the slower earlier stage version before the Alien influenced evolution which formed Trey?

  19. dorn76 Says:

    Heyo, lots of reading back to do. Love Trent’s playing on this Gin. He sounds clear headed that particular evening. Great picks Jeff A!

    Hope the BB is well. Enjoying a conference in NOLA this weekend, wife and daughter in tow.

    Nowhere else the good ole USA can match the vibe down here. Could disappear into this stew of oddball characters. It’s pretty much as it always was, though POst Katrina has brought a ton of eager hipsters opening bars/restaurants, an embarrassment of dining/craft libation riches.

    Checking out Kermit Ruffins at Blue Nile later on.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Hey Mia- Your suggestion finally worked for me, so thanks.. Somehow that mouse functionality was disabled. I just needed to reset it. Almost back to normal but it is now usable .. gracias.. St. Denis Reba to celebrate

  21. Shred Says:

    I also am a huge fan of 7/3 ball. ASIHTOS was dope as hell. I wish I rolled in for the last day of that festie.

    Anyway everyone have a great weekend. I am slammed.

  22. BNCB Says:

    The real estate agent, pharmer, substitute teacher’s work is never done. Lucky for me, can be irie for 2 of the 3 jobs!

    sick little LA Gin up there.

  23. Jtran Says:

    btb’s post inspired me to listen to oswego Jim. What a monster $$$

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    trying to figure out of it’s better to have a baked RE agent or Substitute teacher… lol

  25. BNCB Says:

    RE involves high finance @ Palmer

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