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. ren Says:

    Looks like its a slow day here….no earbuds to listen to these fresh picks….so here ya go. Remember that hatchet kid?

    http://www.dlisted.com/2013/05/16/kai-hatchet-wielding-hitchhiker-wanted-murder

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ren, we are in the TT

  3. ren Says:

    Would love to join @T3 but my company is rockin’ an oudated version of Shockwave that crashes everytime I’m in the TT…super frastrating

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    nice, verno!

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    aw, man. that’s rough. RIP, Dick Trickle.

  6. Jtran Says:

    11/13/97 Mikes

    sweet little jam at the end of this!

  7. roberto luongo Says:

    ya’ll hear this thundercat track yet. fuckin sick. fusion funk.

    http://passionweiss.com/2013/05/16/oh-sheit-its-thundercat/

  8. tela'smuff Says:

    now that’s some shit i can dig RL. hell yeah.

  9. sumodie Says:

    Fuuuuck, that Thundercat track is srsly funked out!!

  10. BingosBrother Says:

    I wanna go out to the club in a silky ass flower power shirt with some glittery bellbottoms and some high heeled boots while I boogie oogie oogie to that Thundercat shit. Ser.

  11. Roberto luongo Says:

    Flylo and thundercat Sat at metro bingos

    Sold out but I’m lookin for tix

    They’re upcoming fusion funk release sounds like its gonna be one of this years biggest drops

  12. sumodie Says:

    Seriously considering Soundgarden again on Friday night at the Oakdale in Wallingford CT. $39 gets me in the gen adm pit. Looks like the band is changing up the setlists nightly. I’d still hear about 60-70% of the same tunes but different order. Not a huge fan of the venue but acoustically the space might give the sound more room to breathe.

    Would be the first time I wore earplugs at a show too

    (Flying solo again as G is headed back down to his Mom in VA. Not good)

  13. MiA Says:

    I just want to party … you should be here with me…
    I’m on ex-ta-see….

    Very infectious.

  14. sumodie Says:

    Check my orange soon for an apple lossless copy of From The Archives #14 – day 3 from Indio

    I zipped the entire FTA show and oranged it

    or you can just grab the DWD >> Carini track

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    Damn. Metro would prolly be a great place to party with those cats.

  16. MiA Says:

    Thanks Sumo. Looking forward to checking it out

  17. kayatosh Says:

    dose yourselves w/ some 8.22.2012 skin it back. $$$

  18. sumodie Says:

    DWD > Carini single track now ready

    Entire FTA show maybe 30-35 min

  19. sumodie Says:

    RL, may have inadvertently found you a Chicago FlyLo extra. Guy on the greenboard

    Sending you a note to your ‘weir’ email addy, will that work?

  20. bouncin fan Says:

    sure. would be great.

  21. sumodie Says:

    email sent

  22. bouncin fan Says:

    I’ve been spending my whole day answering my “need flylo tix” craigslist post with

    “scalpers fuckin suck, I’ll pay face”

  23. sumodie Says:

    http://phantasytour.com/bands/1/topics/3436518/posts

    the xtra Fly Lo post

  24. bouncin fan Says:

    the bass line on that thundercat track is other worldly shit

    fuck that cat can play.

  25. bouncin fan Says:

    I’m so uncool I don’t have a PT handle. can’t chat with him.

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