GP: Medeski, Martin and Wood played with Phish recently, and someone at one show told me that your audience didn't quite know what to make of it.
Trey: Was it New Orleans?
Trey: I didn't know what to make of it in New Orleans! [Laughs.] It was an experiment. In Austin we had this incredible 25-minute jam with both bands, with this screaming peak where everyone was running around the stage at a full sprint and shit was buzzing all over the place. And then New Orleans, about three days later, we decided to go for it again and literally start from nothing, which is the big risk. But between both bands, we'd rather take a risk than not. I don't generally like saying this because I don't like to stomp on someone's experience--and people did come up and say New Orleans was an incredible experience--but I personally didn't like it. [Laughs.] I liked that we were on a limb. I'd much rather jump off the cliff than walk on the path, and we jumped. But I thought we were sucking.
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As the first to review this show for .net, I'm here to tell you that it -- and particularly, the Suzy > Keyboard Army > 35min Jam with Medeski, Martin, and Wood -- DID not and DOES not suck.
The YEMMW from three days earlier is legendary, and deservedly so. Trey sums it up pretty well in the interview above... but it definitely sounds like Phish jamming away, with the members of MMW sitting in and providing accent and color. THIS night's jam is the exact inverse - it sounds like MMW at their best, engaging in one of their renowned sets of straight free improv, with the members of Phish finding the perfect space in the pocket to push and pull in slightly different directions. Great progression and natural flow between meter-free jazz, percussive chaos, and several flavors of that phenomenal MMW groove space. Throw in a spine-tingling DEG tease from Mike during an opportune breakdown, some shockingly tuneful trombone and vacuum work from Fish, and moments of Trey actually CONTRIBUTING rhythmically on his mini drum kit for a change, and you've got yourself a jam for the ages.
HIGHLY recommended... and don't sleep on yet another outstanding Fall '95 Stash in the first set.
Link to the full GP/Trey interview --> http://www.phisharchive.com/articles/1996/gp.html