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  posted on 11/29/2011 at 09:42 PM
My attempt at it, anyway. I know we had a thread like this for the latest Beacon Run but I don't know if we did it in 2009. That run is very special to me because of my brother Tyler's Make-A-Wish experience, so in the last couple of weeks, I've listened to the whole run again, one show per day. I've made a list of every song quote or jam or tease I could pick up. You can see a bunch of songs that showed up almost every night and some I really didn't expect to find:

3/9
Leave My Blues at Home: "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quote
Black Hearted Woman: "The Other One" jam, "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quote
Mountain Jam: "Third Stone from the Sun" tease, "Norwegian Wood" quote
Southbound: "Memphis Soul Stew" teases

3/10
Revival: "Mountain Jam" tease, "Norwegian Wood" quote, "Eleanor Rigby" hint, "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quote.
Los Lobos jam (with David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas): "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" quote

3/12
Who's Been Talkin': "Kick N Bach" and "The Ghetto" quotes
Black Hearted Woman: "The Other One" jam, "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quote
Can't Lose What You Never Had: "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quote
You Don't Love Me (with Buddy Guy): "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "Happy Birthday" quotes
I Know You Rider (Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell): "Memphis Soul Stew" quote
Jessica: "Blue Sky" quotes, "Little Martha" hint, "Mountain Jam" tease
Bass/drums: “Norwegian Wood” jam

3/13
Smokestack Lightning: "Who Knows" jam
Whipping Post: "Norwegian Wood" quote

3/14
Gambler’s Roll: "Kick N Bach" quote
Revival: "St. Thomas" and "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quotes
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed: "A Love Supreme: Resolution" quote
Mountain Jam: "In a Silent Way" quote, "Turn On Your Lovelight" tease

3/16
Who’s Been Talkin': "The Ghetto" quote
Desdemona: "Little Martha" quote
Jessica: "Blue Sky" jam, "Dark Star" hint

3/17
Rockin' Horse: "Pygmy Twylyte" hint, "Little Martha" jam
Soulshine: "Jessica" and "Little Martha" quotes
Ain't Wastin’ Time No More: "Little Martha" quote
Black Hearted Woman: "The Other One" jam, "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quote

3/19
Revival: "St. Thomas" quote, "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quote
Woman Across the River: "Rockin' Horse" jam quote
Whipping Post: "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" quote

3/20
Mountain Jam: "Little Martha" jam and quotes, "Norwegian Wood" quotes
Forty-Four Blues: "Who Knows" jam
Wasted Words: "Memphis Soul Stew" tease
Gambler's Roll: "Kick N Bach" quote
Mountain Jam reprise: "In a Silent Way" jam
Melissa: "Third Stone from the Sun" quote
No One to Run With: "St. Thomas" quote

3/21
Statesboro Blues: "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quote
Black Hearted Woman: "The Other One" jam, "My Favorite Things" hint
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (with Bruce Hornsby): "Les Brers in A Minor" and "Salt Peanuts" quotes
Jessica (with Bruce Hornsby) : "Mountain Jam" and "Blue Sky" teases, "Norwegian Wood" hint
Jam: "Norwegian Wood" quote and "Amazing Grace" jam, "Mountain Jam" hint
Jessica reprise: "Blue Sky" quote
Southbound (with Bruce Hornsby, Susan Tedeschi and the Asbury Jukes horns): "Eleanor Rigby" quote

3/23
Can't Lose What You Never Had: "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quote

3/24
Rockin' Horse: "Little Martha" jam, "Blue Sky" quote
Southbound (with Sonny Landreth, John Popper, Steve Smith): "Memphis Soul Stew" and "Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quotes
The Same Thing: "Memphis Soul Stew" and "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quotes
Mountain Jam: "In a Silent Way" jam, "Who Knows" quote
Mountain Jam reprise: "Third Stone from the Sun" tease

3/26
Black Hearted Woman: "The Other One" jam, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" quote
Whipping Post: "Layla" quote
Revival: "Mountain Jam" quote, "Amazing Grace" quote, "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" quotes
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed: "Soul Serenade" quote

3/27
Who's Been Talkin': "Kick N Bach: quote

3/28
Rockin' Horse: "Third Stone from the Sun," "Little Martha," and "Blue Sky" quotes
Who to Believe: "The Ghetto" quote
Jessica (with Chuck Leavell): "Little Martha," "Blue Sky," "Mountain Jam" and "Amazing Grace" quotes
Franklin’s Tower (with Chuck Leavell, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir): "Blue Sky" quote
Black Hearted Woman: "The Other One" jam, "Eleanor Rigby" quote
Mountain Jam (with Chuck Leavell): "Little Martha" jam, "Satisfaction" quote, "Third Stone from the Sun" quote

 

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  posted on 11/30/2011 at 12:01 AM
awesome job and super impressive!!!

There's a pretty lengthy full band Blue Sky jam during the Little Martha on 3/23

 

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  posted on 11/30/2011 at 12:56 AM
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There's a pretty lengthy full band Blue Sky jam during the Little Martha on 3/23

That's one of my favorite songs from the whole run. I didn't include it as a tease because I have it down as "Little Martha > Blue Sky > Little Martha," but whatever you call it, it's great.

A couple of scattered thoughts:

I sort of wish I'd written down who played what and when, but most of these song references are by Derek or Derek and Oteil. The Little Marthas and Blue Skys were usually Warren and Derek and Oteil together. The Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey quotes were always Derek and Oteil (Warren might've joined in just once). They also quoted from that song when they went on Jimmy Fallon's show before the run started. Most of the Beatles quotes are Warren. So is the God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and the Salt Peanuts quote. The Love Supreme quote is Derek. The little Third Stone piece at the end of Melissa is Oteil.

There were some fantastic Jessicas during this run. The one with Chuck on closing night is awesome and Chuck plays about half of Little Martha on piano, not just a quick quote. My brother Tyler was at most of the shows that run (and enjoyed that one from a seat onstage) and said Chuck's solo that night was the most beautiful thing he'd ever heard. It's great. But I think my favorite might be the one from 3/16. There's a point late in the song where Warren and Derek are both playing parts of Blue Sky, but they're playing different parts of the song over each other. To my ears, Warren is playing the long knotty harmony line that comes after Dickey's solo and leads back to the verse, and Derek is playing the ascending harmony line that leads into the choruses. It's something like counterpoint and it's one of the most unusual and complex improvs I've ever heard from the band. The Blue Sky quotes start at around 12:40 of the first half of the song (the counterpoint stuff starts a few seconds earlier), and it might make this the best song from the whole run.

Derek teases St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins three different times. I thought that was cool because until a month or two ago, I hadn't heard any Sonny Rollins and I wouldn't have recognized what he was playing. It fits especially well into Revival.

The thing I've identified as "Kick N Bach quote" is played by both Derek and Oteil together, and I recognized it as a piece of Derek's solo from the Croakin' at Toads version of the song. I sort of wonder if it originally comes from somewhere else because it's a little odd that he would quote the middle of one of his own solos. Maybe someone else will recognize it, or maybe it was just a stroll down memory lane.

Oteil plays a little bit of Satisfaction near the end of Mountain Jam on closing night - very appropriate since Chuck was sitting in and he's the Stones' musical director!

I think it's very cool when they call back to things they've played earlier. For example on the 14th, Randy Brecker and Lenny White sat in on a couple of songs, including In a Silent Way. Then a piece of In a Silent Way appeared during Mountain Jam that night - and it happened again coming out of the drum break on the 20th.

[Edited on 11/30/2011 by Marley]

 

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  posted on 11/30/2011 at 09:32 AM
Bless the folks with Make-a-Wish. I know of more than one young person who has had some joy thrown their way by this wonderful organization when joy was oh-so-needed. Thinking of your Tyler enjoying these shows makes me smile.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2011 at 09:58 AM
awesome job marley.

oteil is so incredibly animated on stage with smiles, laughs and other head nods, that i wonder if he's doing it from recognition of these quotes, teases and other gems. he is my favorite musician to watch.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2011 at 10:01 AM
Great job Marley. Time to print this list and put in the Beacon box for future reference.
 

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  posted on 11/30/2011 at 10:51 AM
Thanks! My wife is going to be out of town next week so I plan to spend the time listening to 2009 again with this list in hand.

OK, now I'm going to show my ignorance: what are the official definitions of "tease", ""quote", and "jam"? I think I know a jam when I hear one, and also a tease, but I'm not familiar with the term "quote" in this context.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2011 at 10:57 AM
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OK, now I'm going to show my ignorance: what are the official definitions of "tease", ""quote", and "jam"? I think I know a jam when I hear one, and also a tease, but I'm not familiar with the term "quote" in this context.

After I posted the above question I found this explanation on phish.net. So a "quote" is a vocal "tease", right?

http://phish.net/faq/teasejamquote

 

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  posted on 11/30/2011 at 11:59 AM
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So a "quote" is a vocal "tease", right?

That's not how I'm using those terms. I don't think there's any real agreement or standardization on what term you apply to what kind of playing, but here's how I used them:

A jam is when the band is playing the chord changes to a song but not playing the full song. A tease is when it looks like the band is going to go into a song but plays only a short section. A quote is when someone plays a piece of the melody of one song during another song. The Allmans almost never do 'vocal quotes' in the sense of somebody singing one song during another. On March 12 they went into a little Blues Is Alright jam during Statesboro Blues and actually did sing a chorus or two of Blues Is Alright, but that's practically the only time I know of that they've done something like that.

So as an example, for the last couple of years Black Hearted Woman has included an Other One jam. They don't do the vocals to the song, but they play the chords from The Other One (that E-D vamp) for a few minutes at a time. Most of the quotes are just the main riff from the song being quoted - the riff from Satisfaction or the beginning of the melody of Amazing Grace or the first few notes of Little Martha, for example. Mountain Jam usually includes a tease from Third Stone from the Sun going all the way back to the Eat a Peach version at least: coming out of the drums you'll hear both guitar players do the theme and then jam on that for a little while before moving on. "Hint" is something I just started using for something that's so brief that it doesn't even qualify as a quote from a song - it's something I was barely even sure was there.

[Edited on 11/30/2011 by Marley]

 

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  posted on 11/30/2011 at 12:26 PM
wow marley....good job...
 

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  posted on 11/30/2011 at 01:06 PM
Very cool

 

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