The Horns of TAB 2010

2.8.10 - Charlottesville (K.Lorenz)

Trey has completed his first two shows of tour, and so far so good. Combining old staples, a handful of new songs, and a dynamic three-piece horn section of Russell Remington (alto sax, flute,) Jen Hartswick (trumpet,) and Natalie Cressman (trombone,) this seven-piece incarnation of Classic TAB has begun to carve out its own sonic niche in band history. These horn players have often laid back at the beginning of groovier songs (e.g. “Sand,”and “Jibboo”), allowing the four-piece to chug away, while Trey leads the troops out with his six-string wizardry. Gradually they have oozed into these jams, first providing sonic backdrops, and then engaging Trey and Ray in more earnest improvisation.

2.8.10 - (T.Wickersty)

On other, more composed pieces, the horn arrangements have been bolder than in the past, bringing the brass to the forefront of the music, sharing leads with Trey. Giving songs like “Shine,” and “Valentine” a retro-vibe, evoking the sounds of the ’70’s with powerful washes and parallel playing, the horns also provide more intricate work on the band’s Afro-Cuban pieces like “Burlap Sack and Bumps,” “Last Tube,” or “Mozambique.” In these polyrhythmic performances, the horns offer multiple solos and leads for Trey and Ray to play off, creating large-group interplay.

More than anything, Remington, Hartswick, and Cressman bring a diversity to TAB, allowing the band to explore more musical feels than they could as a four piece in 2008. From the jazz-based “Birdwatcher” and “Magilla” to the anthemic “Push On Til the Day” and “Valentine,” and from the the grooves of “Night Speaks to a Woman” and “Mr.Completely,” to the textures of  “Curlew’s Call” and “Money, Love and Change,” Trey’s current horn section has brought fresh creativity and energy to the mix. With only a pair of shows under their belt, some very enticing music could emerge from this tour before all is said and done. Stay tuned.


Trey @ Charlottesville (Photo: Keith Lorenz)


Jams of the Day:

Liquid Time” 2.9.10 II

This Party Time track provided a highlight from Trey’s 9:30 Club performance on Tuesday night. With extensive guitar-flute interplay, this jam carried a unique melodic theme; impressive results for the piece’s second-ever live incarnation.



Stash > Strange Design” 7.1.95 II SBD

Another in our week of classic jams.




3.18.97 Flynn Theatre, Burlington, VT < Torrent

3.18.97 Flynn Theatre, Burlington, VT < Megaupload

A celebration of Ben & Jerry’s new Phish Food ice cream, and a benefit for the newly-formed Waterwheel Foundation, this 1997 Burlington benefit show goes out via reader request to Casey!

I. Cinnamon Girl*, NICU, Sample in a Jar, Punch You In the Eye , My Soul, Beauty of My Dreams, Harry Hood, Cars Trucks Buses#, Suzy Greenberg#, Character Zero#

II: Taste, Drowned > Prince Caspian, David Bowie, Love Me, I Told You So*^, Love Me Like a Man*^, Waste, Chalk Dust Torture, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Hello My Baby, Funky Bitch#


# w/ Dave Grippo on alto sax and James Harvey on trombone

^w/ Tammy Fletcher of The Disciples on vocals

Notes: Free Ice cream provided by Ben & Jerry’s for the entire crowd.

Source: FOB Schoeps mk4+mk8 > Schoeps PS > SBM1 > D8

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1,177 Responses to “The Horns of TAB 2010”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    gavinsdad is going to TAB tonight

  2. KWL Says:

    also has a rye pale ale called Jack Straw

    very clever this young man. Makes great brew.

  3. jdub Says:

    Marshall, totally sucks about your friend and as much as I enjoy that particular image I’ll change it. I’m not that attached to things and don’t want to conjure up bad memories for you.

  4. Luther Justice Says:

    @Mr. P
    I thought I remembered someone saying they were going tonight. Just couldn’t remember who.

  5. Leo Weaver Says:

    that sounds really nice @KWL!

    @T3…thanks man…I’ll look into it, never know. since NC passed the ^% allowance, we’ve been getting some heady brews around here. and my local store has one of the best selections in town.

    @mitch…maybe. I’d like to set something up for a beer recommendation list. Marshall even mentioned pairings…not sure I have the time or $$ to research that one on my own, but if we all pitch in…I’ll touch base with you in a day or two with questions.

    It’s official…this 7.17.98 is GREAT. I’m actually glad I couldn’t tune in today, ’cause it’s perfect for my ‘bane.d and beer’d sans work and wife setting. You were right T3…drippy or whatever you kept saying about it. The 2001 and Mike’s are both absolutely sublime.

  6. Leo Weaver Says:

    clever indeed! He doesn’t listen to any good music does he?

  7. KWL Says:

    I’m told the experimental double IPA in the fermentor now is called Hop Dust Torture… haha…

    out for a while, later y’all

  8. KWL Says:

    when he opens a brewery it will be an official unofficial BB meeting spot for sure…

    V (that’s peace)

  9. Leo Weaver Says:

    I’m in KWL!

    @mitch…found a poster recently, I’ll try to remember to shoot you a picture of it tomorrow. very interesting Arminski…

  10. Weekapaug Says:

    Hop Dust Torture… love it!

  11. HarryHood Says:


    You can bet your ass that I’ll be there as well!

  12. Leo Weaver Says:

    Got Lucky Charms?

  13. Marshall Says:

    @ jdub – he was the friend that I took all my first early journeys with. I went to college, continued to party, eventually graduated, got a job, etc. He just went further down the rabbit hole. Now he writes a lot of gibberish on his facebook page and those who knew him just shake our heads and say “what a shame.”

  14. Weekapaug Says:

    hey, you guys have been talking about black board meet-ups today… how about a meet-up in S.F. for the Furthur and Friends show on Phil’s B-Day? Anyone going?

  15. fromthetub Says:

    @Week, not sure yet, but would totally be up for a SF meet-up sometime.

  16. HarryHood Says:

    Lol Leo, Unfortunately no. KWL convinced me that they were unhealthy so I bought a box of Honey Bunches of Oat. Needless to say, I’m disappointed.

  17. Leo Weaver Says:

    If I were out that way, I’d be in.

    @HH…yeah, that’s not nearly the same…my wife tried the whole healthy cereal thing. I was raised on Fruit Loops, Fruity Pebbles, and Lucky Charms so needless to say it didn’t work. My grown up substitute is Raisin Bran Crunch. Still don’t keep cereal in the house though…it’s like fucking crack for me and my wife.

  18. Weekapaug Says:

    Lingering slowly melting away

  19. HarryHood Says:

    Bane + Lucky Charms = Happy Hood

  20. Robear Says:

    Miner, thanks for that 6/19/95 DOTD. A big upgrade over the source I had. Smoking show from the get go. quintessential ‘Reba’ for me. I remember during ‘Cavern’ thinking, if this show is headed for the top shelf, we’ll get one more song. boing, ‘Antelope’, complete with vocal jamming in the intro (neemor). I remember wishing the ‘Bowie’ would never end. good stuff. Amazing how they could jump between little themes and tempos so seamlessly.

  21. Weekapaug Says:

    thanks Beep for posting that 7/6/98 show. I only had the SBD from the night before. This AUD sounds great!

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    7.29.03 Crosseyed is such a classic. time to get my bane on and commence waiting with this one…

  23. Mitch Says:

    cant wait to see it. i just got a camden pollock and am getting IT soon. so now i think im about done on getting them. no wall space!

  24. Mitch Says:

    ^true that hood!

    i got fruit chereos the other day. they are like mini fruit loops without as much sugar. not bad.

  25. flarrdogg Says:

    I like obscure first time covers as much as the next guy, but Dixie Cannonball sucks. There I said it.

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