, attached to 1995-11-09

Review by n00b100

n00b100 The first set is your typical late 95 stuff (Divided Sky has so much more snap in its '95 versions), anchored by a fiery Reba that very nicely builds and features some gnarled, knotty Trey soloing before he finally just lets go and trills like a maniac before hitting the climax. The second set gets off to a sharp start with a Theme/Julius/Lizards combo that doesn't feature any big jams but displays just how *on* the band was at this point in their career, everything so crisply played and powerful while never tipping over the edge. But fear not, lest you think all the improv is all contained in the first set, as Gin starts off with a very classic-rock 70s jam mixed in with the usual Gin theme before smoothing out into a more minimalist jam (well, as minimalist as 1995 ever got) that Page leads into a more upbeat jam, what I like to think of as the "Classic Gin" jam (see the Went or 6/28/00). They then pick up the pace, and all of a sudden Rift appears out of nowhere, but rather than go into the song proper Fish rolls into a hip-hop-esque beat, and they opt to return to the main Gin theme for a few measures, before a brief spacey jam that naturally leads into TMWSIY. The rest of the set is just fine.

Final thoughts: I'm not a fan of the term "average-great", but this is about as "average-great" as you can get from this time period. Not an all-time classic show, but both Gin and Reba are really good (as is Divided Sky, although I confess that Divided Sky's charms are occasionally lost on me). A good show to start a three-night run.


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