mkaufman wrote:The TRI videos are amazing. Bob is so clear. I actually think his current playing and tone is his best ever.
yep, agreed. Most organic sounding as well. Love the various Gibson semi-hollowbodies. I was in Vegas and he switched off between the 59 ES335 and what I believe to be a newer ES339 due to the smaller body and what appears to be Grover tuners (standard issue on a 339). I could be wrong, but that is what it looked like to me.
He sounded fantastic and absolutely stood out in the mix. I loved every minute of that Vegas show. I think these guys just get better and better playing together.
I don't always agree with the idea of Bob being squeezed out by Jerry and Brent. Good musicians know where they need to be in the mix in terms of what they play. When you play with a keyboard / organ player, you adjust your contribution to the music accordingly. I would prefer to believe , and it is my opinion, that Dan Healy was a major contibutor to Bobby being lost in the music. At times in the early 80's I would walk out of a show and asking my friends, did you even hear Bobby tonight? It was very frustrating. Unlike the mid 70's. I also feel Bobby got lazy for awhile. His playing wasn't always inspiring and I also believe Healy deserved to be fired for a number of reasons as mentioned in a previous post. He was a prima dona. He was the main culprit in my humble opinion and I am glad he is gone. I love seeing Furthur because I can hear all those nuances that Bobby contributes that got lost at way too many Dead shows back in the day.
I believe Bobby back in the day, gave free reign to Brent and he was ok with taking a more lazier , laid back approach to the music. Whether that was by design or unintentional, only he and a few others know, but it really appears to be intentional in my opinion.
Today with Chimenti, you can hear Bobby through the mix just fine (for the most part). I think with Brent, Bobby just gave him more room and Brent filled in those gaps rather nicely. Brent being the quality musician that he was, I am sure would give Bobby whatever room he wanted, IF he wanted it. I just don't think Bobby wanted all that room and was perfectly happy being in the background.