“UJB>Space>Rat”- Grateful Dead, May 11, 1977

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PQJqJLFi4Xw Not only is this an excellent show all around, but its arguable highlight is this unique jam. Approaching 9 minutes through “Uncle John’s Band,” the music begins to drift into something utterly magical. Officially labeled “Space”, it occurs unusually later than the developing ‘drums/space’ segment; more reminiscent of the pre-retirement, penultimate-ish jam. Though it … Continue reading “UJB>Space>Rat”- Grateful Dead, May 11, 1977

“Melody Laughter”- The Velvet Underground and Nico

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=990Xj4s-GlE “Melody Laughter” has to be one of the most interesting Velvet Underground songs. Like it or not, VU were a jam band. Their mammoth renditions frequently spaced out into extremely long, droning versions. Unique from the majority, however, is this free-form piece. It's a lovely showcase for everyone in the band. A glorious half … Continue reading “Melody Laughter”- The Velvet Underground and Nico

“The Seven”- Grateful Dead: 1969/09/29 a

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bCtfQPD73Zc Here’s one of only a handful of performances of this Dead instrumental. The singular ‘69 appearance. What a shame the song disappeared; it’s such a lovely, bouncy tune. Have a listen and marvel at how it simply sparkles, weaving a funky strut. Perfect jam into “Good Lovin”. Really wish it had a longer lifespan. … Continue reading “The Seven”- Grateful Dead: 1969/09/29 a

“Mountain Jam” (1973/07/28- Watkin’s Glenn, NY)- The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and The Grateful Dead

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uS0m7hrCfHc Watkin’s Glenn ‘73 is famous in classic jam circles for great reason. Each of the three bands perform fantastic sets, and at the end they all came together for a crazy encore. Here’s the real meat of the sequence- Allmans’ “Mountain Jam”! It’s superb jamming; fluid, dynamic, and inspired!

“Blossom Jam”- Phish 2011/06/04

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzAXlV9Y5KY Here's a great jam that fatasically materializes out of their cover of "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley". There's a point where the scatting, vocal jam doesn't end the song, and something else is starting to bubble up. From the recording, the audience can tell too. There's a wave of anticipation, cheering to help pull … Continue reading “Blossom Jam”- Phish 2011/06/04

“Can’t Get You Outta My Head”- Muscle Tough

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jiydJcLL0F8 Today’s “Jam Highlight“ features Philadelphia’s self proclaimed futuristic-funk-trio, Muscle Tough. Pretty cool band I randomly discovered a few years ago. This is a very jammed-out cover of Kylie Minogue’s classic track, “Can’t Get You Outta My Head”. It’s a pretty inspired choice, and the instrumental version here defiantly takes its time, finding awesome dance … Continue reading “Can’t Get You Outta My Head”- Muscle Tough

“Orange Tango Jam”- Grateful Dead- 1976/09/28- Syracuse, NY, Onodaga County War Memorial (Dick’s Picks, Vol. 20)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhZGx_13Zv8 1976 is a criminally overlooked year for the Grateful Dead. People will often cite the era's early concerts as being rough, getting back into the groove of touring. Many also look further to the popular highs of '77. But here's where they rekindled their live magic! This is a period of fantastic improvisation that … Continue reading “Orange Tango Jam”- Grateful Dead- 1976/09/28- Syracuse, NY, Onodaga County War Memorial (Dick’s Picks, Vol. 20)