I've been at all the Philly shows and I've definitely noticed a new sound to the jams. Don't know that it's necessarily Phish-like -- there's no mistaking Phil's bass -- but it's definitely different from anything I've heard from RatDog, Phil & Friends or any of the Dead reunions. It's lighter, more nimble, more airy. It's probably just a result of those guys playing together so much. Sooner or later they'd almost havre to move beyond a recreation of the Dead to something more organic. I'm sure the younger guys have some Phish influence, Joe Russo even toured with Trey and Mike in '06. But since Furthur launched, Phil's bass playing has just gone to another level. It's so open and melodic. And Bobby's giving some of the best performances I've ever seen from him. It's like everybody seems to trust that the flow can be conjured whenever they take the stage so all they have to do is go out and play.
Which means, in essence, that what we're starting to hear is what this particular group of musicians really sounds like when they play together.
And IMHO it sounds great!
"Got any nails?"
"Got any flies?"