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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429 Responses to “Trey Tour – Winter 2001”

  1. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Ice cream is the answer to everything.

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    again, i’m going to bow out

    i’ve gotta meeting in 20 and I’ve gotta get ready

    you all are great to discuss things with.

    have a great afternoon!

  3. kayatosh Says:

    kenny: you are not alone. and that does suck. residential real estate hit the skids and fast after years of steadily rising. hang tough.

  4. Robear Says:

    @ KP, you did get screwed. a bunch of c r i m i n a l stuff went down, totally un-prosecuted.

  5. poop goblin Says:

    having a country built on leverage for the last 20 years or so will be a tough fix

    we all need to give back. taxes need to be raised and cuts heavy. I’m not enough of an economist to understand the risks of cuts when beginning a recovery that is questionable at best.

    I’m not a liberal or a conservative. I hate fucking politics but when I look at our debt levels and our interest payments to service that debt I feel drastic measures are the only solutions.

    gonna be interesting to watch politicians try to sell less spending and higher taxes. if they don’t. we will start resembling Greece pretty fucking fast.

  6. kenny powers Says:

    @ voop

    wow, good for you man! sounds like you found a great score. i have to be honest, a big part of my financial issues is that i fell in love with and married a girl who is a lot more materialistic and ambitious than me. if it were me alone, i’d live in a shack and save all my money for tour, traveling, and audiophile stereo gear. gear before food.

  7. poop goblin Says:

    that’s the thing Robear. you spread the criminals wide enough and it’s impossible to find faults.

    expansion of Fannie and Freddie under Clinton
    Greenspans insane desire to constantly lower rates towards 0
    rating angencies allowing packaging of bonds to be rated AAA
    homeowners lying about income allowing them to take out more pushing up prices

    the perfect storm of a hustle. where a shitload of young homeowners of our generation got left holding the bag

  8. kenny powers Says:

    that’s been one of the best things about being single these past couple months. i can scrimp and save and be a cheap bastard when i want and not feel guilty or inadequate as a man/husband/whatever. of course all that scrimping allows me to then blow a bunch of booze and partying, going to shows, etc.


  9. kenny powers Says:

    @ poop g

    you totally said it right there. if you’re not one of the hustlers on the street, you are getting played like Sega. Altered Beast stylee.

  10. kayatosh Says:

    “the perfect storm of a hustle. where a shitload of young homeowners of our generation got left holding the bag” – poop

    well said. musical chairs and the music stopped and hasn’t come back on despite historically rock bottom rates, which are now on the rise. shit storm.

  11. poop goblin Says:

    one of the benefits of my life being upside down through 2004 was I didn’t get caught up in that shit

    I kind of wanted to lock up some low rates and buy a place now but prices in CHicago are still coming in and property taxes are so high rent still seems like the cheaper alternative. you take away the appreciation and it just doesn’t seem worth it.

    those low rates were temping though

  12. plord Says:

    Boehner’s cuts to the Fed Gov would cause 1 million job losses.

    Good luck selling that.

  13. phoammhead Says:

    this ought to be interesting

    Next Thursday, February 24th, Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro and Grateful Dead legacy manager David Lemieux will both participate in an open discussion moderated by Music Industry Professor Toby Seay at the Stein Auditorium on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia.

  14. BTB Says:

    ::Enrolls at Drexel::

  15. kayatosh Says:

    sometimes there’s nothing left to do pu through on a HD video of 1.1.2011 tube. a dense thing of beauty.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    let me rephrase:

    sometimes there’s nothing left to do but put on a HD video of 1.1.2011 tube. a dense thing of beauty.

  17. poop goblin Says:

    interesting GOldman Sachs report today

    ticketmaster plans on going to a 8-12 tiered ticket structure for all their owned venues starting next season

    seems like tiered pricing is the wave of the future

  18. Luther T. Justice Says:

    And while watching said 1.1.2011 Tube in HD, eating a bowl of ice cream.

  19. kenny powers Says:

    llfa @ Luther!

  20. Robear Says:

    Poo G for economic czar.

    good stuff their.

  21. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Ned loves the tiered ticket structure.

  22. kenny powers Says:

    Ned Rierson?

  23. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Ned – our friend that visited the blackboard this summer and was made ‘o money.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    just thought you might like to know. Kate doesn’t get any less hot with subsequent viewings. might even increase the hotness more, come to think of it.

  25. poop goblin Says:

    “3.0 Phish just isn’t playing at a level hot enough to make me go drop the 50K to go see a summer tour.”

    – Ned

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