, attached to 2014-07-08

Review by User_33009_

User_33009_ My review is for the Fuego jam. Axilla opener is great, and into a solid Gumbo, actually, the first set is quite fun all the way through. Tube in the first set is one of the best you'll ever get in 3.0, along with SPAC 13.
Ghost is also incredible, and worth checking out; and leads into a solid 2001 into the Mann Hood, which is a very pretty version. One of the best type I versions in the last few years. The second set has its ups and downs depending on your taste, but the jams more than make up for it.

Fuego starts out normal, though we don't hear Mike play his part in the very beginning. The song takes off during the faster part, Trey rips a nice lean solo. After the "Viking Warriors" part, the jam proceeds as it usually does, following the main theme of the tune, and Page is backing Trey up very nicely, playing great chords. The jam starts moving away towards exploration, and the band really digs deep here. No funk breakdowns, no happy sounding chords to build to a peak and move to the next song. It gets a little quiet, a little mysterious sounding. This is patient 3.0 jamming if I've ever heard it (Bethel Waves last time they were this patient? Miami Disease more recent?)

Trey finds a theme about 13 minutes in, and the mood shifts to a more uplifting section, the band builds and builds. Mike eventually comes in with the synthy bass drone, and all is bliss. This is classic 2014 Phish. Entering the clouds, flying high up on a warm sunny day.

But the band is still searching. Still expanding. Then the jam shifts again, this time to a more laid back funky groove. Page comes in on electric piano, and Fishman starts playing a funky Herbie Hancock beat, the jams becomes a straight up jazz-fusion jam. This is something that would be more interesting to hear in future jams. Trey hangs back nicely while Page takes the lead, and really shows us his chops. This kind of jam is very rare in 3.0

The jam moves away again to a more dramatic section, the band builds on another great theme. Still laid back, but has a feeling of completion to it. The jam eventually fades to ambient weirdness, and finally to space. What a journey of a jam.

Mike's bass is a little low on the recordings of this show, which is unfortunate, but it's there. Just gotta crank the bass levels up on the speakers.

Solid 3 star show, the Fuego and Ghost bump it up to 4 stars.


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