To me everything after Jerry died until Furthur was average at best. I dont consider Trey/Warren/Kimock to be a dream scenario. I like Trey, Kimock and Warren but none of them gel with Phil and Bob like JK does. Furthur started a renaissance in Dead music land in my opinion and JK was the difference - ever since then all the aide projects have been good ie Phil and Friends, Bobs TRI stuff, etc. And why bring in the drummers - so we can have 20 minute drums solos? My only complaint aboutr Furthur is that while they technically have gotten better and better, they are stuck in a rut in terms of playing the same bunch of songs.
The Other Other Ones (2002) and the Dead (2004) was average at best?!!? Not the shows I went to.