Jam Chart for Ocelot (6 entries)

Date City Timing Notes
2009-05-31 Boston, MA 7:30 Debut.
2015-08-01 Atlanta, GA 10:25 Given that the "Heavy Things" after this version features a "Happy Birthday" tease, playing "Ocelot" wasn't the most overt "nod to Jer" on Jerry Garcia's birthday the summer Trey moonlighted at Fare Thee Well, but it is the most musically impressive. The word most associated with this version of the song is 'slinky'. In one more tribute to the Dead, the band takes almost three minutes before starting "Heavy Things."
2018-07-18 Stateline, NV 9:52 Forgoes the usual bluesy Ocelet jam for a slower, dreamier jam (thanks to some superb work from Page) that builds to a low-key, satisfying peak and then rolls back into "Ocelot" proper to close.
2018-07-25 San Francisco, CA 10:20 Another quality Summer 2018 version, diving into murky waters thanks to Mike's fine work and Trey going to work with his effects, with a more explosive and just as satisfying peak as Tahoe's.
2022-08-07 Atlantic City, NJ 11:10 One has argued it's not the wind, but, rather, the trees that create the breeze. Here, Trey as tree, drives an airy, guitar-driven jam that moves effortlessly across sea and sand. Fish, solidly in the pocket, anchors the band as the four take the song for another deceptively simple ride before, as if a wave, breaking for "Fluffhead."
2023-08-25 Saratoga Springs, NY 8:26 This jam takes off around six minutes in, when Trey's soaring play, Fish's fills, Mike's thundering bass and Page's impressive play all coalesce to give this version an unusually fierce ending.
Jam chart versions are selected because of improvisational and other characteristics that distinguish these from typical versions of the song.
The jam chart team has highlighted some versions with a yellow background; these are the versions the team believes to be especially improvisational, or otherwise notable.
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