Reader’s Picks: Jeff D’Alonzo

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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. BNCB Says:

    If a Canadian opinion is written like a fact, is it still just an opinion?

    If a Canuck makes a squawk in the woods and no one is around to hear it, did they still make a squawk?

  2. tela'smuff Says:

    Alpine Fee. jaw dropping, stunning, etc etc. very Gorge Roggae-ish.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Frankie+Shuggie

  4. tela'smuff Says:

    i was just gonna post that T3. i’ve never heard this. it reminds me a lot of The White Tape. sweet jam.

  5. Jtran Says:

    i dunno if anyone here saw it but mr c posted a twitter link yesterday to a herbie hancock live 1974 1 hr set, great vid and audio quality

    I implore you all to check that out

    http://mrcompletely.tumblr.com/post/50605278468/last-jazz-salvo-for-today-but-a-good-one-herbie

  6. kayatosh Says:

    dorn: thanks for the NOLA report (place is dear to my wife and I) and have fun. kermit!

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    is it possible to be less excited about a trip to Vegas as I am right now?

  8. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I prefer UIC ghost.

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    T III, i’m going to vegas in sept with family. i’m not excited at all. maybe if phish were playing…..

  10. marcoesq Says:

    Vegas with the family seems not nearly as exciting

  11. tela'smuff Says:

    worst fan heard on sbd’s has to be the guy yelling for Paul & Silas. i dig the tune and all, but i just want to smack him every time i hear him yell it.

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    cinch ’11 has some pretty annoying people screaming. the girl yelling she just got married during the quiet part of YEM.

  13. marcoesq Says:

    Page one-timers

    http://www.jambase.com/Articles/118611/List-15-Incredible-Page-McConnell-One-Timers/7

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    cinci

  15. marcoesq Says:

    yeah that was pretty annoying. she screams all throughout that show

  16. marcoesq Says:

    Seth Yacovone was a big boy

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @marco
    that’s a great list of page covers. jambase coming up big for his 5-0 today

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    just saw that Seth is taking a new power trio out on the road soon

  19. marcoesq Says:

    Who’s excited for this lineup at Preakness tomorrow?? goood god

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    Pitbull
    Chevelle
    Florida Georgia Line
    Afrojack

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    pretty sure most of those “acts” are at hangout this weekend too, marco. you can stream their sets on mtv.com (along with TAB!) 😉

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    forgot about the Cincy chic. she sucked.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    spinning the thundercats — $$$.

    TT anyone? i’m in. after the Tcats spin(s)

  23. marcoesq Says:

    What a great weekend of music for those folks.

    All jokes aside, I would love to go to Hangout one year if the lineup got any better. Ocean+Live music sounds pretty awesome.

    I always used to fantasize about a band (Phish) playing on a stage in the shallow water on a beach and being able to watch a show from in the ocean.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    i’m down for some TT. just finishing up loose ends as I get ready to travel next week anyway…

  25. kayatosh Says:

    let’s do it

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