The Art Of The Sit In | Jeff Chimenti

The Dossier

Jeff Chimenti has been part of some of the strongest nights of Grateful Dead music in the post-Jerry era. Here’s a cherrypicked list of fine performances from the past six months in which Chimenti shines in particular.

Furthur at Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, Pa., 7/13/2013
A fine example of Chimenti injecting himself and steering the band into some very creative jams, even when the entire band itself isn’t quite firing on all cylinders. An average Furthur show, an above- average night for Jeff.

RatDog at Peach Festival, Scranton, Pa., 8/16/2013
Calling it the best sampling so far of what the “new” RatDog sounds like isn’t fair considering that until the tour gets underway, it’s pretty much the only sampling (along with the following night at the same venue). But it sure sounded encouraging – and Chimenti is as ever in his element.

Furthur at Red Rocks, Morrison, Co., 9/22/2013
A top-flight Red Rocks run closed with the band spinning this jammy wonder. Set 2 has one showpiece after another, from “Let It Grow” to “Eyes” to “Dew” to “Help > Slip > Franklin’s,” and with old pal Branford Marsalis in the mix, it’s hotter still.

Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, Ca., 12/6/2013
Most of the Phil Lesh Quintet regrouped at TXR in early December, but instead of Rob Barraco, it was Chimenti – along with a third guitar voice in Neal Casal – rounding out the band. All four of these shows were meaty, mesmerizing affairs but we’re partial to the third night, which went heavy on psychedelic blues and a monster second stanza built around “Viola Lee Blues.”

Furthur at Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico, 1/22/2014
By all accounts Furthur was “on” throughout the Paradise Waits festival. Judging by a few recordings that have emerged, and also fan feedback, Night 3 was the money, with furious jamming throughout.

[Published on: 2/11/14]

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