Great Woods: Moments In Mansfield [Phish Thoughts]

I left Great Woods scratching my head last night with a question that has grown significant in the flow of recent Phish sets – “Why does Trey keep cutting off jams?” In a very good show at Great Woods that could have been great, Phish got into two sections of improvisation, out of “Sneakin’ Sally” and “Light” that reached points of greatness when Trey singularly decided to lop them off before they came to an organic endings.

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  1. Couldn’t agree more. Yeah, I know they’re playing some pretty cool tunes and that’s great and all but there’s no question that when you strap on your Phish hat and head to that venue you’re hoping for a jam that takes you places that not many other bands can take you. Prior to maybe 2000 I couldn’t imagine a time when hearing those first few lines of Mike’s that you wouldn’t expect anything less but a sprawling excursion into the unknown jam space. But after last nights tight, yes, it was pitch perfect, performance of the classic Mikes > H2 > Weekapaug I can only imagine that they’re trying to appeal to a wider audience that isn’t looking for the 60 minute Runaway Jim (ah, yes, those were the days).

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