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. kayatosh Says:

    The bon jovi goat overdubs made me laugh out loud. thanks, guys.

    6.20.97 by bye foot+green tea+vapes = a good start

  2. btb Says:

    Morning BB – sorry for the long Whipping Post

    So I’ve made it through all of 1999 consecutively (less BC, starting today). I didn’t take notes along the way, but here are some thoughts I had.

    1) Given all the psych, trance loop groove improv, it’s hard to determine what ‘jams’ from that era I like more than others. Are any of those 2001’s / Sands distinctly better than the others? Kind of a tricky question although a few definitely stand out. The general ‘sound’ of that era seeps into everything…even Jim’s, Tubes, Melts, Fluffheads, etc.

    2) Given the above, I like when PH throws down a ‘sound’ for a while (less the whale!), so I’m cool with what they were doing despite the Trey on Keys thing getting a bit played out. They threw some good dance parties!

    3) PH did start to lose some of the tightness. I didn’t listen to all 19 billion notes of the year, but its not unreasonable to assume certain tunes weren’t played b/c of laziness (or insert whatever). Overall though, they sounded pretty focused given the amount of free-form jamming.

    4) There are a lot of stellar LxL’s from 1999.

    5) 12/11/99 – Philly, PA is probably my favorite show less Cypress. Front to back, that was a rockin show.

    6) The Oswego Jim…I think set the stage for the evolution of the 1999 sound. That’s the first jam where I though “this shit sounds like BC” and its still early in the tour (July). I very well could be wrong on this though…could be a 2001 or something I’m missing.

    7) The juxtaposition of the trance sound were many Piper’s / Disease’s where Trey was melting faces with the Treyzr machine gun. Mike thinks you were playing too many notes, brah! I guess Trey has always done this though.

    8) Jennifer Dances…lol

    9) Meatstick’d to death. But hey, I’m all about that Gordon bassline and having fun. Cheesecake! If you’re going to play a song too much…Meatstick is hardly something to complain about.

    Cheers. Happy friday BB.

  3. MiA Says:

    Happy B’Day Aquaman!

  4. vegas wolfmans Says:

    A little less salt in the gravy tonight!

  5. little umbrellas Says:

    Btb has dedication.

  6. phlorida phan Says:

    The workers come back from their day in the fields.

    Repost from Bingos last night.

    Best reason I read yet.
    U2 – Because every band is better than U2. It’s music for people who don’t particularly like music.

  7. tela'smuff Says:

    compiling a list of 3.0 1st set nuggets and added the Demand>Seven Below to the list. Certainly not a jammed -7 but i like it. Miami shows clearly major progression for the band at the time.

    nice thoughts on ’99 @BTB. agree with many points there. i think there are some distinct versions/jams per point 1 but i see your point. the seepage of the sound from ’99 in everything is spot on. it’s why i love that year. i think 7/7 and 7/15 hit on touches of what came in BC, but yeah, Oswego really was a game changer, especially the Jim.

  8. kayatosh Says:

    thanks for the 99 thoughts, btb. i find it to be a very intriguing and perplexing yr. for the phish.

  9. marcoesq Says:

    Mornings all.

    Glad you got to get through ’99 btb, definitely some choice playing there. Did you catch this little nugget? The less talked about show that is sandwiched between the LP released Camden ’99 and the VA Beach show with the Birds

    This Free>WTU? was released in a live bait 2yrs ago but this Mike’s with sweet emotion teases is pretty badass. Plus only Mike’s>Twist ever

    7.10.99 MPP

    Set 2: Punch You In the Eye > Free > What’s the Use? > Meatstick, Mike’s Song[1] -> Twist[2] > Weekapaug Groove[3]

    Encore: Harry Hood[4]

    [1] Sweet Emotion quotes.

  10. little umbrellas Says:

    Did I just see Page and Marco roll by on a bike taxi?

  11. dusty Says:

    doubt it as Marco is playing bmore tonight.

  12. little umbrellas Says:

    Revolution #9 vs. What Becomes of the Baby…

  13. marcoesq Says:

    Yeah might hit the Marco show after the O’s game tonight

  14. little umbrellas Says:

    @Dusty, (see T3’s link on Page’s Birthday)

  15. roberto luongo Says:

    I love that Miami Demand > 7Below Telas

    Trey has that killer almost envelope filtered tone for a while.

    that 09 Miami run still one of my favs of the return

    Ghost, BOTT, and Tweezer still stands up to anything in 3.0 IMO but that 7 below def a concise little scorcher with some nice themes.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Need some MAC help. My daughter must have messed something up and my resolutions are all fucked up. Things are way too big. Can’t see dock on bottom or toolbar at top. Simply adjusting resolution isn’t getting it back the way it was.

  17. btb Says:

    @marco – yeah, hot set. Mike’s > Twist was the ( . ) ( . )’s

    For 1999 summed up in 3 songs hit 10/9/199 Albany Set II:

    LxL, 2001, DWD

  18. tela'smuff Says:

    yeah, the tone makes the jam. fiery little f’er.

  19. btb Says:

    12/29/2009 – Set I is note-perfect Phish. Corrina > WTU > Tela is $$$$

    Set 1: Soul Shakedown Party, Runaway Jim, Jesus Just Left Chicago, Dixie Cannonball, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Corinna, What’s the Use?, Tela, Gone, Rocky Top, Chalk Dust Torture, David Bowie

  20. ren Says:

    Morning Peeps and Happy Friday!!!

    Spinning this Philly show as per BTB’s rec…off to a great start.

    Feelin’ this weekend vibe!!!

  21. kayatosh Says:

    Superball (7.3.11) Light — featuring bold, fearless, and often times scoring troy w/ the other 3 hanging right there w/ him. jams settles into a collective groove. and then they go small and tight. jerry fingers. staccato groove ending. stops on a dime and done. wow. $$$

    tory – broadway, tender trey
    troy – bold warrior trey
    rey – when quantity and cheese overwhelms quality
    trey – when he’s channeling santana through zappa’s moustache

  22. MiA Says:

    Palmer, hold down option key and move the mouse.

  23. kayatosh Says:

    getting some random Superball cuts today in the rotation and they crush, even this suzy. LP sbd sound excellent too.

  24. MiA Says:

    (the scroll part)

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you forgot

    the trza – when the shit is going DOWN

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