The setlists at Phish.net distinguish, as exactingly as possible, between teases, quotes, and jams:
A “tease” occurs when a band member briefly plays or hints at a part of another song, usually the melody. A good example is Page’s teasing of the signature “Drowned” riff several times on the piano during the July 21, 1997, “Bathtub Gin.”
A “quote” occurs when a member of the band vocally or verbally quotes another song, or familiar saying, or anything along those lines. For example, see the April 15, 1992, “You Enjoy Myself” vocal jam, where band members quote “Proud Mary,” but do not play it. Another popular example are the quotes by Trey and Fish from “The End” (The Doors) during the March 1, 1997, Hamburg “Mike’s Song,” which was released on Slip, Stitch and Pass.
In technical music terms, a “quote” occurs when a musician plays a particular song’s melody line on his on her instrument -- what we define as a “tease.” In the Phish community, the terms “tease” and “quote” are thus used interchangeably. For clarity within the setlists file, though, we have reserved the use of the term “quote” to mean vocal or verbal quotes only.
We use the word “jam” conservatively. In our opinion, Phish is a jamming band and, by their nature, several songs at a show will jam out in some way. Any song is potentially subject to jam on any night. It would be silly to label every “You Enjoy Myself” as “You Enjoy Myself ” -> “Jam” because, quite frankly, they all do. And it would be too discretionary to label the “best versions” as “You Enjoy Myself” -> “Jam.” So, for the sake of brevity and accuracy, we have limited the use of the word “jam” to three specific occasions:
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