Reader’s Picks: Jeff D’Alonzo

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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.

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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.

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

  1. jdub Says:

    Started at the beginning with Thoughtsonthedead. Hilarious stuff right there.

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    I linked my fav thus far on p. 5 jdub. It kills me. Have to do elvis in a funny elvis voice though.

  3. RoosterPizza Says:

    Anyone down for TT?

  4. RoosterPizza Says:

    “everybody had just the right amount of towels and water”

  5. jdub Says:

    I;ll be up for TT as soon as the Office is over. Fucking bizarre ending show. Fitting.

  6. bouncin fan Says:

    thanks for that RP Boo rec AJ. ordered the vinyl. shit is sick.

    can stream it here

  7. phishm Says:

    No video, but one of the best Shakedown’s I’ve ever heard.

  8. jdub Says:

    Acid Rap kills. Whiney little rapper, but I love it. Love the beats, rhymes, etc..

  9. jdub Says:


  10. jdub Says:

    tarzan and bpms. Put a mind in a different place.

  11. phishm Says:

    Got into a Dead mood tonight for some reason. So many good jams. It’s weird how thing’s work out. I went to the bb and found a link to that dead site which had a link to a jam that I’ve never heard, but is amazing. 4/22/77 Peggy-O. Absolutely beautiful. Link is below. You all have a good night. Peace.

  12. kizzy Says:

    why doesn’t miner post his own writings anymore? this place got so lame lately

  13. xpun Says:

    From MiA. Its not porn, but you will not be disappointed.

  14. phishm Says:

    And BTW, if you get the chance listen to that whole show I mentioned. It is very good. Peace.

  15. little umbrellas Says:

    Mc Tree. Lets give this a try.. FlyLo in Oakland soon i think.. so far the best music i’ve caught this year has been MMW acoustic.

    Is there a link to the new Page release? Still haven’t checked…

  16. little umbrellas Says:

    And why does Slip Stich sound so frigging good…
    ….. i’m gonna get a computer this week!!

  17. little umbrellas Says:

    I hope so that is. maybe next two weeks.. looked at a 2011 Mac Book Pro that was $650…

  18. phishm Says:

    It seems to me the peaks that Phish are able to obtain by absorbing the musical energy in the universe and then pushing it back with absolute intense spot on peak fury is sometimes the same as when Jerry really let’s loose with a soul wrenching lyric that brings tears to your eyes. IMHO of course. Peace and Night all.

  19. B to the D Says:

    DBo Is there a FYF mix of this bliss?

  20. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Happy Birthday Aquaman, you crazy nut

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    happy 50th to the chairman of the boards!

    spin your favorite page jamz today

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    great article on jambase interviewing other keyboardists about Page’s influence on them. some great stuff in there.

  23. MiA Says:

    (with Happy Birthday teases)

  24. MiA Says:

    (Stay for the Tweezer > Earache my eye > Tweezer) Love a good Cheech and Chong reference…

  25. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Happy B-Day Aqua & Hot Pockets!

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