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. bhizzle Says:

    they say defense contractors are basically in every state and want to keep everone employed in their home states

  2. poop goblin Says:

    Phish soundcheck 7-inch!! 2,000 hand numbered

    probably only a handful at each participating store

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    you can’t fit long heady jams onto a 7 inch

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    it’s not the size of the… oh, never mind.

  5. Mike in Austin Says:

    Just finished Lost on Monday with a 4 episode marathon.

  6. joe Says:

    cool history lesson again, Mr. Miner.

  7. joe Says:

    By summer 01, Trey was banging out larger sheds, or is that my hazy memory at work?

  8. Aquaman Says:

    RE: LOST

    Wept like a “kisser who lost his cousin” during the last episode of Lost. It affected me so much that I wept again, two days later, when trying to simply explain the last episode to someone.


    I also wept today when I realized there are others in the same mortgage fiasco Aqualady and I find ourselves in. Misery loves company.

    We are totally upside down having refi’d for fancy pre-school for the sprat. Now our Realtor is now suggesting short sales. (Lazy bitch.)

    I’m, fooooooked.


  9. Aquaman Says:

    $53.00 too much for the Radiohead vinyl? I am this close to hitting “BUY”.

    :: pinching fingers close together ::

  10. Robear Says:

    first big snow fall up here for the year. epic. huge flakes. coming fast.

  11. sumodie Says:

    Winter Europe ’97 continues to seed over at etree

    Today is the SBD from 2.16.97 Wartesaal, Cologne, Germany

    Anyone know a fan named Angie from Cali back then? She was a trip n half on this European tour, to put it mildly

  12. sumodie Says:

    @joe: glad to hear you got your Trey HOB tic -I’ll be able to make it too

  13. Lycanthropist Says:


    it depends on how much you want all the collectors stuff.

    We did it with In Rainbows.

    Probably gonna give the mp3 download a listen first, and then pick up the box set if we like it.

  14. albert walker Says:

    I’m such an old man custy that I got turned on to this album by Phish

    but this original GOlden Age is dope as shit

  15. joe Says:

    I was always going sumo (or course) it was just a matter of getting the tickets. saw that they were still available and decided on that convenience (quantified by tm at $8.40) instead of pressing my luck at the show. Working till 4pm on Sunday then heading over to hopefully meet up with the fine folks from here. Any meetup emails/texts/whatever the preferred method of communication is going around yet?

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    AW, check out Staring at the Sun by TVOTR as well, great song. The singer has an interesting voice – almost Peter Garbiel-y

  17. verno329 Says:

    Anybody see this today?

    Not arguing for the merit of the particular jams chosen. Just a nice accoutrement to my bummer of a work day.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Joe, by the time you get there we should be at lansdowne pub. There’s a group of us hitting harpoon earlier for a little tour and drinking but we’ll be headed that way by then

  19. joe Says:

    Re: Old Man Custy. I got turned on to Deerhunter cuz they played it before the first Worcester show.

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    hes not far off though verno 😉

    nice little list of jams there.

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    Joe – have you checked out Atlas Sound at all (singer from Deerhunter’s solo project)? I actually prefer it, pretty cool stuff.

  22. albert walker Says:

    that’s funny AJ. I have the vinyl and have been spinning.

    I noticed a lot of Gabriel and US influences in the song structures and vocals

    2 bands I hate. but i guess if you are influenced by 80’s pop-rock those 2 were some of the big dogs

    but yeah vocally and production wise a Gabriel feel on some of it

    only heard the album Golden Age is on though

  23. albert walker Says:

    meant u2 influences not us

  24. voopa Says:

    joe- re: Trey and sheds, yes. Summer ’01 opened 7/11 at the Open Aire Theatre in San Diego, then Greek, Red Rocks, and then Eastern sheds.

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    I love Peter Gabriel but not much of a U2 fan, but I can see it for sure. You dont get into any of that weird early Peter Gabriel stuff? I guess it is not for everyone, but there is something there. Enjoy your listening! I am out, time to kick it home.

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