, attached to 2000-07-04

Review by MiguelSanchez

MiguelSanchez 7/4/00 in camden, nj was the last show of the highlight filled north east run before moving up to toronto. many fans were expecting a grand 'ol old-school throw down.

like many shows, this show is all about the 2nd set. the first set left many hard-core fans poised for holiday disapointment. it's ice is not it's typically nimble self. stash goes through a pretty standard 2000 era groove, but it really doesn't take off until the end. tmwsiy/ave/tmwsiy is a nice highlight, but all in all, this set is missable.

the 2nd set starts off in typical 2000 fashion with jibboo. this is no typical jibboo though. the boys like into a nice groove and slowly drift into funk oblivion. fishman and page lock into a nice loose groove and weave a glorious tapestry between each other. gordo lays low for most of this jam, while trey mostly sticks to rhythm playing, except for a few nice fills and short melodic jabs. as they drift further into the realm of space funk, fishman starts to step this jam up a bit, with trey starting to really settle in behind page. as page begins to back down a bit, trey comes over the top with a glorious flurry of notes. trey takes a commanding lead in this one driving this jam into a frenzy. as this jam climaxes, trey leads the boys into a more dissodant/chaotic realm. as they settle into this, gordon finally steps up and his bass drives toward "i saw it again." gordon crafted a beautiful segue here, but it gets slopped a bit by the rest of the band. not the best seque you'll here but certainly not the worst. "i saw it again" has a slightly more funky feel than normal, as it winds its way back into a darker jam which gives way to a beautiful page solo. with gordo also shining, page turns a corner and leads everyone into the rare and always pleasing magilla. the whole band has a nice run through this nice loose jazz tune. as it fades away, trey pops the band into a very inspired twist. initially, they cover a lot of the same ground covered in jibboo, but trey is much more assertive in this twist. after establishing a sound jazz/funk/space groove, trey develops a power house bluesy rock riff that he just slams over the top of everyone else. they bring this twist to a fiery climax before letting it gently fall into a power-house slave. the boys show great patience here building this to a holiday worthy climax. lawnboy and gtbt are solid. i guess the encore doesn't transfer to tape, so it was probably much more enjoyable in person.

if you like those nice long space, jazz, funk explorations, this show is right up your alley. trey played with great patience, while maintaining high energy. also, he was not as dominating as he was at other shows in 2000. jibboo and twist are great examples of what he can do when he takes the time to listen, develop an idea, and let those around him set him up before he just starts wailing away. twist and jibboo are both all-time keepers..... and these are songs i don't even particularly care for. great 2nd set here...


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