Who are the best 'jam bands'?

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  1. jostapha profile image55
    jostaphaposted 8 years ago

    Until recently I didn't even know that such a genre existed.  Then I came accross such cool groups as String Cheese Incident and Phish and realised that the 'jam band' is now a well established musical idiom.  The Grateful Dead supposedly triggered the genre's evolution with their extended live and studio recorded jam sessions in the 70s.  Does anyone of any others?

    1. theageofcake profile image67
      theageofcakeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I've never quite warmed up to the particular type of jam band you've described, but as far as groups with great improvisational reputations, there are a few that come to mind:

      The Doors, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Animal Collective, Pink Floyd, and Built to Spill.

      1. jostapha profile image55
        jostaphaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah this is true, their music is very much based around improvisation.  Although Zappa is in a league of his own!  I know what you mean about that certain type of jam band (SCI, Phish etc.).  Its fun to listen to but maybe it can be self indulgent?  I'm not sure, i'm still deciding!

  2. Jeffrey Neal profile image84
    Jeffrey Nealposted 8 years ago

    The Alman Brothers are very enjoyable live and play looooonnnng sets...or at least they used to.  It's been awhile since I've seen them, but a 40 minute-long version of Whipping Post is worth the price of admission.

  3. housemonk profile image60
    housemonkposted 8 years ago

    Without question, Lake Trout....their live shows are out of this world.

  4. sunforged profile image73
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Dispatch

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljVR3Bodxmw

    Of a revolution ( O.A.R)  older stuff

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtkBhSRTe78

    String Cheese! ( Ive partied with them!)

  5. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    Allman Brothers Band, those funky blues songs Whipping Post

    Dave Matthews Band~~~ 

    so many great songs, artists, Grateful Dead were amazing, Blues Travelers..

  6. profile image0
    hamstersmessiahposted 8 years ago

    moe. is one of my favorites along with of course the Dead.  Umphrey's Mcgee isn't too bad.  I like the Disco Biscuits and Perpetual Groove as well.  I wish I had made it to the 2006 Lollapalooza which featured an all jam band line-up.  Yeah String Cheese Incident and Phish are faves as well.  Haven't heard too much Keller Williams but he can jam.  Have to sit down when I'm not writing and give him a listen.

  7. waynet profile image72
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    Hartleys is the best brand of jam as it tastes quite nice on some toast tee hee!

    1. profile image0
      hamstersmessiahposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      can it transcend you to a higher plane of existence?

      1. waynet profile image72
        waynetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Only on sundays after the plane lands!

        1. profile image0
          hamstersmessiahposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          sounds sweet!  but i doubt it compared to a 'space' jam by the dead with jerry on guitar.

  8. AnythingArtzy profile image84
    AnythingArtzyposted 8 years ago

    TAP
    Google  Tom Allen Project

    1. profile image0
      hamstersmessiahposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      thanks!  check out the Barn Rats on myspace!

  9. Hokey profile image59
    Hokeyposted 8 years ago

    The String Cheese Incident!!!!!     big_smile

    1. profile image0
      hamstersmessiahposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      love them but moe. is still my fave of the newer groups.  have you heard their songs "It" "Spaz Medicine" or "Nebraska?"

      1. Hokey profile image59
        Hokeyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Of course. I am from North Carolina and Moe is East Coast Jam. Practically family. I remember seeing them in clubs when they were small.

  10. profile image0
    B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 8 years ago

    a local band : DOOBY ITCH

  11. Megavitamin profile image79
    Megavitaminposted 8 years ago

    Widespread Panic.

  12. zzron profile image56
    zzronposted 8 years ago

    ZZ TOP. The Alman Brothers Band. Santana.

 
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