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. Lycanthropist Says:


    now that i got a good connection its time to grab those no whitey mixes

  2. sumodie Says:

    Phish ranks #19 out of 40 on Billboards Top Money Makers of 2010:

    the totals are based on record sales, concerts, etc -everything that could be reasonably counted. See p. 4 for Phish

    Add in the total for DMB and Red Light is sitting pretty…

  3. Kaveh Says:

    Havent’ had time to read the whole thing, but it looks good:

  4. bouncin fan Says:

    Def some good Gabriel. Shouldn’t have put them in the bono category.

    I have trouble with the white rock front man

    Zep, Radiohead, Gabriel, U2

    For some reason I dig Mick though

    Another case of me being a walking contradiction

  5. bouncin fan Says:

    I’ll post those in a min lycan

    Cruising home on the train

  6. voopa Says:

    Kaveh – I finally finished that Latvala article yesterday. Great read.

  7. Kaveh Says:

    @voopa – I’m in and addicted…can’t wait to finish this tonight at home or on the bus home. I foresee a great long Dark Star to accompany this article.

  8. Chonz Says:

    yup. Latvala article was great. Made me feel better about my own auditory eccentricities for sure. Also made me totally dream of having Vault access like that.

  9. joe Says:

    article posted by sumo with the Trey covers is great. I’ll take an O-o-h Child on Sunday night please ( also, reminds me of boyz in the hood)

  10. joe Says:

    for those who missed it:

  11. Mike in Austin Says:

    Decided to read all the posts for today and just caught up. Really interesting discussion.

    I think Mr. C said he made some sort of CSS that he read the BB in that changed the look that might make it easier to “digest”

    I don’t know what that means, but I’m interested in that. Reading the BB on an iPhone is a challenge. Are there tricks?

  12. Cable Hogue Says:

    I know a lot of folks have been interested in Fall 73 lately, because of Mr. C’s yeoman work in getting the music out there. Wanted to share that today I was spinning a show I hadn’t listened to in a while, one that’s inexplicably under the radar and has to rank of one of the best of an amazing bunch. Here it is on the archive:
    10/30/73 St Louis. The recording quality is absolutely stellar. The meat of the second set is a transcendent Dark Star>Stella Blue>Eyes>WRS. The Dark Star contains an exemplary MLB jam. Couldn’t recommend the show more highly.
    Don’t know if anyone’s noted this, but Fall 73 was a “Magic Wood” tour, the first tour where Garcia played the Doug Irwin “Wolf” guitar. One of the factors, probably, which led to such a stellar run. I think the first show with the Wolf was September, maybe at the Nassau Coliseum.

  13. butter Says:

    Wow, cool stuff Dr P on bane and exercise

    Just did a fat tube of og and a great hour and a half workout at the gym

    Feel great!

    Happy B day bigjig

  14. Cable Hogue Says:

    Here’s the torrent for the above mentioned show on etree…no seeders now, I’ll see if I can find the files and start it flowing…it’s on an external somewhere…

  15. phoammhead Says:

    okay cable hogue – i’ll try to grab that if you can deliver

  16. phoammhead Says:

    coolio – thanks!

  17. voopa Says:


  18. voopa Says:

    Well, things have slowed on the board, must be quittin’ time for me.

  19. albert walker Says:

    happy birthday Bigjig!

  20. kenny powers Says:

    @ voopa

    i’m home and have the hub open. no chatting going on….should i keep checking or just toss out a request for setup help?

  21. brandofunk Says:

    So PT is down

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    so why is PT down?

    seems there is a maintenance page and a chat function running.

  23. William H. Bonney Says:

    Evening fellas..

  24. Selector J Says:

    Just sent out an email trying to convince my preferred local record store to carry that ‘Two Soundchecks.’

    street cred = irreparable

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    whats PT?

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