Jam Chart for The Wedge (11 entries)

Date City Timing Notes
1993-02-03 Portland, ME 6:18 Strong debut version features a slinky and jazzy piano intro. Page solos nicely, with cool chords from Trey, who soon offers an energetic solo of his own. Page retakes control through an extended outro, which builds to a near peak. Must-hear for fans of "The Wedge."
1993-02-09 Rochester, NY 6:24 A modified, percussive intro provides a glimpse of the form the song will soon assume. A strong outro, featuring great work from Trey and Page, highlights an evolutionary marker in the development of this song.
1993-02-12 Poughkeepsie, NY 6:38 Another "Wedge," another intro. Here, Trey leads, with Page playing in support. This dynamic produces different soloing, featuring more Trey, and great, restrained Page. The band modulates intensity through a cool outro.
1993-08-20 Morrison, CO 5:43 Classic version popularized by its official release (Live Bait Vol. 6). Excellent full-band play featuring strong Mike and dynamic modulation. Textbook.
1995-06-07 Boise, ID 4:06 "The Wedge" reemerges to close a 135 show gap. Notable principally for the now-familiar Fish-driven intro, this compact version also features cool and confident play from Trey.
1996-10-29 Tallahassee, FL 4:59 Guest percussionist Karl Perazzo lends added pop to this powerful pre-"Remain in Light" version.
1997-11-29 Worcester, MA 6:32 Slow and deliberate show-opener, featuring that signature Fall 1997 sound. Cool keys give way to soaring Trey. Fish drives great syncopation and full-band play. Great dynamics, as the sound is textured and nuanced, producing subtle and musical shifts in intensity.
1999-08-01 Niigata, Japan 7:45 This great version moves from "Stash" teasing through to powerful Page soloing. Cut from a cool vibe, Trey's playing is inventive and on-point, with great modulation through the conclusion.
2012-12-31 New York, NY 9:04 Not only is "The Wedge" used to help pull off the golf gag, this NYE version is highly atypical in that it features lengthy and notable late-show jamming, playing that would remain unrivaled until July 20, 2014.
2014-07-20 Chicago, IL 14:29 At 5:45 the jam moves beyond the standard into medium intensity, rhythmic and mildly funky play. The funk builds, then the jam shifts to an uplifting melodic section which sounds similar to "Paradise City" and/or "Roll With the Changes" before actually returning to the customary closing.
2016-09-02 Commerce City, CO 8:06 Swinging "Dick's" version with great trilling, "Stash" teasing, and inspired contributions from all four musicians.
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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