Jam Chart for Sample in a Jar (6 entries)

Date City Timing Notes
2017-07-25 New York, NY 9:11 "Jam"-flavored show opener, Trey wastes no time busting "Sample" wide open, the spirited intro a sort of anthemia which unfolds via a huge, warm, solo. Play considerably cools, and the band enters a jam proper, with Page providing great fills, alternating between electric and acoustic piano. Trey works the version up and through a euphoric build, before a perfect change delivers the band to the song's closing verse.
2021-10-26 Santa Barbara, CA 7:36 Only the second jam "Jar" on the books at the time (see BD), this version strays from typical around 4 minutes with some sprightly musing and ends unfinished > to the Phish debut of "The Sliver Light".
2022-07-22 Bethel, NY 14:18 > from a jammed out "Golgi Apparatus", the band plays what was at the time the longest version of "Sample" to date. Some slinky work by Page kicks this jam off and the rest of the band follows suit. The jam eventually winds its way back to the song proper, as was custom in Summer '22.
2022-08-10 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12:02 The breakout version from earlier in the tour at Bethel Woods turns out to be no fluke, as "Sample in a Jar" takes off once again in Toronto. The band launches into improvisation off of the IV chord (Dmajor) and settle into a powerful rock jam reminiscent of "Theme from the Bottom." This then leads into a more classic '22 sounding segment via a minor key shift, with Trey looping and Page layering synths over a steady groove from Mike and Fish. The band then locks in on an exceptional effects-drenched funk segment that puddles and coagulates > "Down with Disease."
2023-08-01 New York, NY 16:36 If Phish plays a residency at MSG, chances are you'll want to hear the version of "Sample" they play there. This second set opener is the longest one played to date. Trey and Mike have some fun interplay which sets the tone for the jam. The band latches onto a real fun groove around 13:30. The end of the jam is awesome and makes you wish they'd keep it going, instead Trey > "Kill Devil Falls."
2023-10-14 Chicago, IL 10:21 "Sample" once again gets a bonus jam starting at 4:45 and builds up a head of feel-good steam before sliding back into the closing chords.
Jam chart versions are selected because of improvisational and other characteristics that distinguish these from typical versions of the song.
The jam chart team has highlighted some versions with a yellow background; these are the versions the team believes to be especially improvisational, or otherwise notable.
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