, attached to 2003-07-22

Review by RamJam

RamJam This show has an excellent jam out of Gumbo, which begins when Trey takes a hard left into downtempo staccato psych before we hit the 6 minute mark. The early part of the jam feels more like a fall 97 Stash jam than a typical Gumbo jam. The music builds tension as it swells and drifts rather than grooving towards a funky peak. It is clear early on that this jam is going to be different. Trey throws in some light saber blues licks around 7:00 and page compliments on piano. Mike thumping away and Fish following Trey, the groove remains loose and jazzy, with the band finds themselves in and out of funk and rock grooves but never committing to a build before syncing up for a sustained bliss section at 9:45 for about a minute until Mike drops some heavy notes that initiate a the band locking this strangely dark bliss groove into a steady build. Around 11:30 Trey hits a couple of chords then sustains a beautiful echoing note that allows the band to lock in to the established groove. A minute later, Mike plays a couple minor notes that Trey immediately picks up on with some heavily distorted chording that signals the beginning of the dark final build, which is gathering force at 13:00 but Mike and Fish remain in a loose, jazzy pocket and never push Trey into a huge peak or faster tempo. Still dark jazzy bliss with Page (still) on piano when at 13:29 trey unleashes a beautiful lick that is one of my fav in his repertoire and he solos in a particularly majestic mode for a while. 14:16 sees some sick disease-like trill and the jam has a dark edge but is definitely a majestic major key hose jam like a slave or hood something. Lagging tempo makes it so anthemic. This is strangely dark beautiful bliss with a huge but smoldering volcanic peak. Short but sweet cool down after the peak. Must-hear version.
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