"This is improvisation that sounds like melodious, composed music (not like �improvisation� at all), and there are subtleties in the glorious themes that comprise this version that will inspire repeated listenings."Well said, thanks. I appreciate this perspective as a way to understand the 3.0 'rip cord' phenomenon. Add to the list the '13 Tahoe Tweezer and the '12 Dick's Light to name two astounding 'on the fly comp' examples off the top.
Spot-on. I've been saying this since last year. What they're reaching for is not just groove-oriented improv, but true on-the-fly composition. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, which leads to the so-called abortions when they're not feeling it.
3.0 has more rough edges than 1.0, sure, but it also has moments like last night's Carini or the BGCA Jim where they're creating songs within songs out of thin air that exist on their own terms for a brief moment in time and then are gone. This alone has me more interested in Phish than I've been since '99.
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