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. whole tour! Says:

    they have one of those internet jukeboxes…

    they have all the livephish cds…
    all the dicks picks

    i’m like a kid in acandy store on that thing

    i even hit up some rolling stones from the shine a light soundtrack: “shine a light” – guys were rocking for 70…:)

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    that’s badass

    whoever invented that deserves to be a billionaire

    obvious when you think about it…just a matter of licensing


  3. cal Says:

    HA HA! I used to pull that routine with CLOSE TO THE EDGE at the one bar I used to get hammered at that had CTTE in its jukebox. Somehow, I never made any friends there. But who ever heard of a bar without a skip button for the juke box? (at least in the old days, pre-internet juke boxes)

  4. Weekapaug Says:

    that IS a great idea. But just think, you could be buying those songs for the same price, right?

  5. whole tour! Says:

    the bar is pretty cool. Huge dank beer selection. Killer jukebox. Total hottie bartender.

    you just have to deal w/ the occasional NorFLA redneck. And rednecks in general are generally pretty cool. You just get your bad apples once in a while…lol

  6. whole tour! Says:

    they have the entire sammy smith catalog….so i’m a fan. It’s like the lot, but no where near as exciting or cool.

  7. Marshall Says:

    WT – tallahassee or Jax?

  8. Jkzen Says:

    For you left-coasters or easties with good beer stores give this years’ Alesmith’s Yulesmith a try. Not sure how I missed this one.

  9. whole tour! Says:


  10. Lycanthropist Says:

    got a new reviewer on our blog..

  11. Robear Says:

    wt! that’s the phunniest story, lol

    I think you just came up with a ‘tactic’

  12. Marshall Says:

    I’d love to see a map of where all the BB’s are located – doesn’t have to be individual-specific – just points on the map indicating there’s someone there.

  13. Marshall Says:

    @ Robear – Ash wasn’t a phan before you? Punk rock? Could have fooled me.

  14. ChefBradford Says:

    Lycan, I’m going to check that out. Oh yeah, I’ve been curious– the CD’s, live or studio? Doesn’t matter to me either way, just curious. Tonight would be a good night for your kick-ass chili

    Marshall- agreed

    I just made a snowball for the first time in over a decade. Most or all of it will probably be gone tomorrow, but still. Good times

  15. Lycanthropist Says:


    we do have a studio album..
    as far as live cds.. we stopped making em now that we got it all on archive.. although the live cd comes with a mix of some live jams from 2008

  16. albert walker Says:

    damn this 4/29/71 is hot
    have not listened to this shit in over 10 years

    right from the Truckin Jerry’s licks sound so clean and effortless
    very nice show

    sounds great too

  17. Marshall Says:

    Not that there’s anything wrong with punk.

  18. ChefBradford Says:

    Lycan, cool just wondering. Read the blog. She gave some (rightfully) big love to the keys in CF. Hey, I know that guy…

    “Wait until about 10 minutes in when you hear that sweet BOOM BOOM tink of the guitar and keys.”

    “Wait until about halfway through when the keys are unleashed.”

    Nicely done, sir, very nicely done

    Seriously all, Lycan is a beast on the keyboards, and watching him play definitely put a smile on my face

  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    thanks chef

    it was rue nice to see that im not gonna lie

  20. Robear Says:

    @marshall, yep, ska and punk.

    she dug the horns on the ‘Exile’ set.

    AW, I spun that ’95 Deer Creek all the way through today. Nice request.

    “We’ll be back in, 16 minutes”

    Place felt half empty.

  21. KWL Says:

    ^Marshall, that’s a pretty good idea. Maybe we could make a google map. Put your spot on the map if you’re willing to have a beer with another BBer when they are in your area…

  22. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Weren’t one of you guys (i think Mr C) talking about an 89′ Dead show that had a huge Other One in it?

    Sorry I know that’s not specific at all, I think it was something like

    He’s Gone->Truckin->Let It Grow->Space->Other One->Drums->Other One->GDTRFB

  23. KWL Says:

    or get baned, of course

  24. albert walker Says:

    Set 2: Curlew’s Call, Liquid Time, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Money Love and Change

    this looks real hot on paper right here
    all songs I really dig

    that Demand > 7 Below is top shelf 2009
    Mike and Trey build that 7 Below so nicely and then Mike just drives home the last little peak
    one of the nicer jams of the run

  25. Mr. Completely Says:


    when I was working on my ’71 Dead mix I was thinking about you frequently. I listened to about 35 shows from that year and it just really seems like it’s right up your alley – very very tight, practiced, like cracking a whip – effortless is a great word for it – rootsy, ballsy, with a lot more swagger and snarl than any other year in their history. Little grace notes, like a little pseudo-Tele slide solo in Dark Hollow, jump out when you listen closely.

    Whether or not you ever listen to it (I know you are into lossless and whole shows) every track on that mix was sort of subjected to my “virtual albert walker” test in terms of critique, i.e. trying to analyze the music from an objective, purist viewpoint as opposed to the skull-and-rose-colored glasses of Deadhead perspective.

    One super interesting thing (at least I found it so and think you might) is that Jerry changed his rig constantly all year. He played at least a 3 or 4 guitars and used about as many different amp setups, in various combinations – totally unlike him. He was clearly searching for something. That incredibly fat tone you hear in those April shows was very different by Summer tour and then changed again by the late fall run.

    Anyway I’m totally, totally in love with ’71 Dead, despite the relative small song rotation and rarity of open jamming. And it’s really seemed like your kind of Dead, so I’m glad you’re listening to some of it, that’s cool.

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