, attached to 1994-05-28

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ The second set of this show surely packs a punch. I don't know of an Axilla II opener that didn't bode well, and the It's Ice follower certainly confirms suspicions of greatness. Page immediately sets a commanding lead, guiding the band into a rockin dance groove that breaks into a polyrhythmic bluesy section and casually slides back to It's Ice without breaking a sweat. Tweezer follows with a relatively standard but strong jam section. Perhaps not as compellingly inventive as some of its contemporaries, but certainly a welcome addition to a super strong set. Lifeboy is a great breather after a couple heavy tunes, but the band certainly doesn't back away from delivering the ballad with soul and spirit. From here, we get a phenomenal Reba that isn't as dramatically diverse in rhythm or dynamics as some other notable performances from August '93 to present. However, what this version absolutely does not lack in is groove and harmonic intrigue. Mike leads the band through some alternating passages of the standard lydian changes and a lingering dorian presence, dropping to the scale's minor second chord to give Trey some new modal ground to play with. Trey and band run with it, delivering a powerful and emotional journey to the peak. Fee and Llama are relatively straightforward, but there is a pretty nice transition between them that caught my attention. To close things off, the band brings out Les Claypool for a wild and atypical YEM that features plenty of sloppy (in the best way) bass, a Fishman vacuum solo, and a Phish-grass approach to the finish, complete with Dueling Banjos play from every member of the band (Fishman's tom contribution is endearing).
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