Trey Tour – Winter 2001

8.7.08 Brooklyn (Unknown)

After Phish finished at Shoreline in 2000, Trey’s motor kept running. Continuing to write new material, he soon needed an outlet to play it and booked a spontaneous solo tour for the Winter of 2001. For a backing band, he looked to his his trio from the Spring of 1999. Pulling his rhythm section of Tony Markelis and Russ Lawton back together for his second tour ever, this time Trey added a three-piece horn section as well. Dave Grippo (alto sax) of Giant Country Horns fame,) young Jen Hartswick (trumpet, tuba) and Andy Moroz (trumpet) formed the Burlington-based trio that spiced up Trey’s jams all tour long. Adding a genuine fusion dynamic to the band’s rhythm-focused grooves, this initial horn lineup meshed immediately with the Trey, Tony, and Ray, forming, in my opinion, the best-ever incarnation of The Trey Anastasio Band.

Winter 2001 Poster

To his Spring 1999 staples of “Sand,” Jibboo,” and “First Tube,” Trey added new songs such as “Push On Til the Day,” “Burlap Sack and Pumps,” and “Drifting.” Trey ditched his acoustic set in favor of two electric throw-downs and the band hit the road in February for a slate of ten shows (adding one more on the spot in Atlanta after an unexpectedly high for the first.) Starting in the Northeast, the band wound their way south, finishing with a fierce four-pack in Asheville, NC, Columbia, SC, and two at The Fox in Atlanta. Spicing their sets with new covers, this version of Trey’s band featured musical conversations rather than Trey simply shredding over a thick groove. As opposed to the horns of modern-day TAB who have more composed lines, Grippo, Hartswick, and Moroz improvised right along with Trey through the fiercest and most explosive escapades, upping the onstage dynamic considerably while bringing an entirely new element to Trey’s jams.

Philadelphia 2010 (B.Ferguson)

Philadelphia 2010 (B.Ferguson)

So many musical passages stood out on this tour, but if one jam shined as the quintessential TAB 2001 excursion, it was “Sand > Quadraphonic Toppling” from Columbia, South Carolina. Delving deep into fusion psychedelia, the band threw down an extended series of textured dance grooves that were spiced considerably by horn improvisation. And then evoking memories of Big Cypress, Trey led the band through the abstract “Quadraphonic Toppling,” playing—and looping—the song’s minimalist melody himself.

Trey’s sextet existed for just a blip in time, playing only the winter’s eleven shows together. When Trey emerged with his band for the summer of 2001, he had added Ray Paczkowski on keyboards for the first time, as well as a fourth horn player, Russell Remington, on tenor sax and flute. The following summer, this lineup only grew, as Trey went on to explore Afro-Cuban grooves. But for a spontaneous stretch in the winter of 2001, Trey was discovering the power of his solo act, and his shows contained a palpable energy, bringing a buzz to the scene. Phish was done—for the moment—but Trey’s solo career was beginning to heat up.


Jam of the Day:

A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” 6.19.04 II

One of the top-shelf jams of the post-hiatus era.




4.12.1991 Barrymore Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin SBD

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Barrymore Theatre - 1991

Keeping the old-school soundboard train rolling.

I: Llama, Uncle Pen, The Divided Sky, Guelah Papyrus, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Stash, Rocky Top, Golgi Apparatus

II: The Landlady, Runaway Jim, You Enjoy Myself, Fluffhead, Cavern, Tela, Buried Alive, Reba, My Sweet One, Good Times Bad Times

E: Contact > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, The Squirming Coil

Source: SBD

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  1. vegas wolfmans Says:

    SPAC ASIHTOS>Piper is mindnumbingly good. Not many ways I’d rather spend 50 minutes than splamming that shit. Someday, the band will take ASIHTOS for another ride into the deep end. I’m keeping the faith.


  2. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Never saw Trey power trio in ’99, but caught the Fox theatre shows in March ’01 and remember being pretty blown away by all the sound that was coming off the stage. Pretty tasty and those two shows definitely hold up to my biased ears. Thanks for the reminder, Miner.

    Yes, I will continue to converse with myself rather than studying immunology. But not here.

    Let me again say how much I love that SPAC Piper. Not for the faint of heart.


  3. neemor Says:

    Can’t I be first just once??
    Stayed up all night….
    TAB is gonna smoke this run..Miner’s got me pumped.

  4. Matso Says:

    I always thought the horns on the Winter 2001 incarnation of TAB sounded kind of thin (was listening to a lot of Antibalas at the time I think). It was really only when the band expanded (in the Cyro years, as well as late ’06 when they brought the horns back for those strange post-arrest shows) that they started to approach a fuller, more satisfying sound. Anyway I’ll have to try and find a decent source for Winter 2001 and revisit.

    One of the things that impressed me so much about last year’s TAB tour was the way that the three horns sounded like so much more. The arrangements really worked to give them a very full, deep sound, notwithstanding they were much fewer in number than in previous incarnations.

  5. P.S.H.S Says:

    I think this tour was my first attempt at seeing TAB. Unfortunatly, enough people showed up at the orpheum that night to fill the boston garden, also the first time I saw/heard someone ask $250 for a ticket.

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    Is it bad that I know I have seen TAB a handful of times but I have no actual memory of when?

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    Winter is still here and kicking my ass. You? If so, why not start the day with a bit of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Lots to choose from here:

  8. lastwaltzer Says:


    twas gorgeous this morning, comparatively 😉

  9. lastwaltzer Says:

    As for the horns summer of 01 is when it really took of IMO, loved all that stuff through the 04 tour. Loved the stuff with affalbaum and baptista in the mix.

  10. st8 of mind Says:

    Thank you for the SPAC post. The only 2 shows I ever saw at SPAC were those in 2004. Those were 2 special shows to me. I love the huge Jams.

  11. bhizzle Says:

    Good morning peeps….

    This incarnation of TAB slipped past me so I cannot really comment. However, I can say the 2001 version was not that far away from the version I did start seeing with Cyro and damn! I loved the stuff that was coming from that stage. I gotta say I was shedding the LBs from cutting the proverbial rug.

    JotD is huge. So glad I made that show. I went with one of my best friends from high school that I hadn’t seen in a long time and first going to shows with and it was perfect that we got to see that show for our “reunion show”. I remember trying to convince him that we look for tickets for the next night. I was like your lil kid in the car…are we there yet? are we there yet? are we there yet? unfortunately he wouldn’t budge on calling into work.

  12. sumodie Says:

    Looks like a good day to pimp this mega torrent again:

    Trey Tour 2001 (every show)

    grab one show or grab them all -seeding now…

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    having the flu can do wonders for you. after about 22 straight hours of fevered sleep I just woke up from a crazy phish dream. Not sure of the full setlist in that dream state (I do remember a bitching Tweezer>Sloth and a Verve cover), but it was just getting super good. Robert Plant and John Paul Jones had just come on stage to help out with Ramble On. stupid waking state.

  14. nonoyolker Says:

    Those SPAC shows have a special place in my heart. The boys went big those nights and struck pay dirt. On top of ASIHTOS>Piper, the Twist, LXL, and Waves are all timers as well.

    Trey summer tour ’01 was heat for sure. Made the hiatus hurt a bit less. It was my first time catching TAB and I remember being blown away by the rhythms. Impossible not to shake your shit

  15. KfL Says:

    my only tab was 01 and 02, including 2 on this winter 01 tour. small theaters, fun times. these 01 winter shows were hot, so was darien lake with cyro, that one must have been 02. those are the 3 (of 5?) that stand out in my memory

    breaking my no phish before noon rule today with 11-7-96 and 12-4-95 courtesy of mr kenny powers.

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    LW, saw you again yesterday, honked, you did not notice. I think we are on the same going home time schedule on Foster, ha.

  17. Mike in Austin Says:

    Barrymore is a gorgeous theater. In 1992, I didn’t know the “signals”. Trey played the “Me and My Arrow” signal during YEM and they and pointed to the tallest guy in the front. At 6’4″ that was me. 15 people and the band all simultaneously pointing at you while on 2 hits of blotter, was weird.

  18. lastwaltzer Says:


    thats really odd because yesterday I walked past a guy who looked like you…………strange, no?

  19. KfL Says:

    with cyro and fish that should say…

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    You were on your phone, walking West. I was driving East, blasting MSG Sand.

  21. AintNoTele Says:

    Mike: That would definitely have freaked me out. I wouldn’t know what to do.

    Dialogue in head: “Is this really happening? Yes? This is not good…This is good? They are pointing at me? Gotta get out of here…YEM…must stay…we are all cool. I AM HAPPY!!!”

  22. lumpyhead Says:

    Mardukis in austin…that’s good shit right there.

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    Now that is a Jam of the day! So glad I caught that one live and I was completely out of my mind that night.

  24. Mdawg Says:

    TAB Winter 2001 = Great Times !!!

    NC –> SC shows were the business.

  25. willowed Says:

    SPAC eats cars

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