I agree on John. It's just that his moments of greatness and abilities aren't being accentuated, and much of this has to do with presentation.
I was listening to the Cuthbert Sat show. John absolutely destroys the solo on Black Peter. Shreds it. But the solo gets understated by the collective whole. There's no emphasis on the key moment. The solo doesn't take Center Sound Stage! You don't want the music in a key movie scene to drown out the actor's key lines. Imagine last night's game winning Rays Home Run being presented from an overhead ceiling camera or blimp shot that didn't focus on the pitcher, pitch, swing and hit. The presentation is sucking the drama out of the music.
All you take out of that Peter is Bob's way over-emphasized William Shatner type vocals, in which JK and the backup singers are barely presented.
In a real way the band needs to get its individual ego out of the way of it's collective one. We know Phil and Bob were the core part of the core. They deserve the billing, they deserve their moments in the spotlight. The music and sound do too! Most of the time it's awesome I love it and get off. Sometimes though, it's like that lover you're attracted to, have great sex with, but then they pull one of those stupid moves that just annoys you, or they back off at the exact moment you want that certain something extra. Furthur needs that dirty talk. A lover of the music, and aggressive coach or conductor that's not in the band. Someone that could say into the ear monitor...Bob...turn it down a notch....Soundboard...give me 7dbs on JK's guitar.