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Review by zarathustraz
They open with the Fleet Foxes’ Winter Hymnal, a themed cover that is both originally conceived and rearranged and yet eminently listenable, which cannot be said for all the covers this run. Winter Hymnal is a real gem, and I hope it stays in the acapella rotation.
The Very Long Fuse ignites a string of inspired renderings, including Gumbo, Yarmouth Road, Pebbles and Marbles, Farmhouse, and finally the behemoth Tube. Fuse is stretched out and developed in a way it hasn’t been before. If they keep tinkering with this number, this version will become the first retroactive entry on the Jam Charts.
The usual slinky groove jam of Gumbo is substituted for some serious Trey soloing and peaking. An atypical take on this tune, fiery but decidedly Type I.
Farmhouse solos can be especially lucid moments for Trey’s playing, and this slightly lengthy take is no exception.
Tube starts out with the drawn out, tempered feel that a lot of the big BD jams have. Once it finds its peak, though, it’s pure bliss balls for several minutes.
Even without the illustrious 20+ minutes jam, this set is the best front-to-back second set of the Baker’s Dozen run, which makes it the second best set all around behind the Jam-filled Night’s first half. It blows the second set of the previous night out of the water for both energy and consistency of playing.
This set is relentless in its creative improv. Each jam is worth checking out. Even the themed cover, 1999 (“I’ve got a line in my pocket and it’s ready to roll”), gets the extended treatment. You Sexy Thing the following night will be the only other themed cover of the run to be used as a jam vehicle in the second set.
When Steam is your breather, you know you have a good show. And when the only song of the set that is not taken completely out of bounds is “No Quarter,” you know you have a good show.
Check this one out, and spend some time with it. It’s worth it!