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

Mp3 Torrent (asap), Megaupload < Links

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. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks Kaya. Robert Walter Congress was the band at my buddies wedding , believe it or not. Pretty badass.

  2. phoammhead Says:

    don’t give up on some kimock, MrP . . . shit is dope to these ears

    sumo, the gd73-10-30 specific torrent

  3. sumodie Says:

    IT soundcheck -clocks in at 59 minutes, mostly jamming

    was surprised at how much I enjoyed it -put me into a most tranquil state though it’s not all ambient style jams

    and since it was released by LP the sound quality is excellent

  4. verno329 Says:

    I’ll echo kaya on both posts. The Charlie Miller recordings are gorgeous and all of the lineups that kaya mentions are terrific.

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Phoam- not giving up. just didn’t pick the right starting point.

    Sumo. me too re: IT soundcheck. Btw- what time do you think you will arrive in NYC on tuesday after your kamikaze ride down from Mass? 🙂

    we’ll be waiting.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    have a blast and say hello to brendan and the boys for me. UM is a beast unto themselves, albeit one you shouldn’t compare to the phish.

    thanks for seeding TAB2001. It’s been slow going on that one all day. I’ve had it going for almost 12 hours and it’s only 1/3 done. crazy to complain about considering that used to be a “quick” torrent back in the day…

  7. sumodie Says:

    @phoam: that’s odd -my torrent is already at 66% and I only hopped on less than 30 min ago

    i’m not a torrent expert but: what color is the torrent icon? ; what if you pause then start it again; or right click on it and then select ‘update tracker’

    do you have an external HD? Is it still on?

  8. Selector J Says:

    Just got a response from my record store about ‘Two Soundchecks.’ He said they try to get every promotional thing so I like the sound of that. I told him he didn’t have to display it. Just keep it in the back and we’ll set up a code word or something.

    Biggitup to all the reggae heads!

    Off to do a phone interview with Pato Banton. I’ll air it tomorrow a.m. on the show. Tomorrow’s show will be kinda annoying. It’s Pledge Drive week… so yea. Lots of ‘give us money’ spiels en queue. Fair warning.

    By the way, voopa up’d ‘Blackboard Jungle’ by The Upsetters. Crucial dub album from Scratch. It’s one of the very first dub LPs. Lots of dub singles pre-date it but it’s one of 4, or so, that people claim to be the first full length dub LP. Top notch Upsetter with some nice early Wailers versions and bonus tracks, too.

  9. sumodie Says:

    you’re such a BAD influence @mrP 😈

    I suppose if Sat/Sun is red hot I could follow the lines going south….but no, I must resist!

    Unless I get an epiphany like at Wallingford last year, lol


    @T3: I’ll try to leave most every torrent off except that TAB 2001 for a day or so

    Naturally I’ve yet to listen to anything off that torrent, and peeps have raved about that Red Rocks show, 7.18.01 -plus it’s a sbd

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    there’s only three full seeders on that TAB2001 torrent right now, so I’m not expecting it to move quickly. just anxious. I want to listen now!! It’ll pull overnight for sure…

    and as for wallingford, that was what, one year and three days ago now, right? time sure flies when your having phun

  11. halcyon Says:

    Sumodie….the 2001 Red Rocks show is hot. Complete dance and groove fest on that one, save for the few mellow tracks.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    those two RR shows in 2001 were a lotta fun. I’d been living in CO for just over a year then so they were something of an “anniversary” for me. that second set on the 18th smokes.

  13. tela'smuff Says:

    what up. been popping in today and reminded of the great conversation that flows on this board. been too busy to partake. hopefully that’ll change a bit in a couple weeks.

    loving Miner’s writings on Trey this week. I had never seen that 8ft video before. that was awesome.

    any word on who’s making it to C-Bus for Trey on here? I know Luther T was planning on heading up with me, but anybody else?

    anyway, in honor of the Black Moth Super Rainbow (brief) talk earlier today, i thought I’d UP a strong selection of electronic/ambient stuff I’ve been digging into lately while working. hope you enjoy. (hope my link works. bear with me) – or just click on my name.

  14. KfL Says:

    tha illness, i’m seeding 2-26 from that torrent so you should at least get that one pretty quickly 😮

    about to fire that show up on my new flac player as a matter of fact… little trip down memory lane

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    kfl- let us know how that flac player sounds. My laziness in not converting my flacs and putting in itunes will surely lead me to buying a flac player soon.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    “the illness” holds more meaning for me this week for sure. 🙁

  17. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    shapiro talks managing, preserving, and releasing archives. theyre gonna be releasing a few tracks too! woohoo

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I really really want to figure out playing flac on my droid. doesn’t seem likely from what I’ve read thus far though.

  19. sumodie Says:

    @kfl: and will your new flac player also play alac (apple lossless)? which flac player?

    @purp: i saw that too about Shapiro having some tracks to stream….would be very cool to attend that event

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    Weird early 70’s interview of Brian Eno by Chrissy Hynde. He seems like a real perv.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    what show is the Here Comes Sunshine on Mr. C’s ’73 comp? Probably my favorite version of the song., that i’ve heard at least that is. Phenomenal playing.

  22. plord Says:

    Mr. P – yeah, don’t start with an SKF show to hear what’s up with Kimock. Those are like, “me and my buddies thought we’d hang out and play while you drink beer” kinds of shows, really chummy, kinda sloppy backing players and Banana on vocals singing Driving Wheel and Young Man Blues. It’s like the Trey solo acoustic part of the Kimock catalog 🙂

    KVHW – Tightest playing by far, a lot of new-at-the-time material and some *serious* excursions on Kimock classics.

    SKB – Many variations in the lineup, Rodney Holmes on drums is a beast and drove things in a new and dynamic direction, I like the Mitch Stein/Alphonso Johnson era but the gigs with Reed Mathis and Robert Walter are also hot. Arne Livingston of the Living Daylights also played on a tour or two and those shows have yet another different feel to them. But this lineup is all about Steve and Rodney playing off each other.

    Crazy Engine – much more of a bluesy bar band feel with Melvin involved and a handful of Jerry band tunes in the repertoire. Also, freakily, Steve occasionally sings. The SF shows…I think 2 years ago with Gloria and Jackie were awwwwwwwwfully reminiscent of the real (JGB) thing, serious psychedelic church singalongs at the GAMH. A nice night out but not going to melt your face like SKB or KVHW at full power.

  23. gavinsdad Says:

    may have to lurk at that Shapiro event at Drexel next Thurs nite.

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    speaking of JGB/Melvin (and what up plord) my ex GSW buddies Lo Faber and Aaron Maxwell will be doing some pickin this Friday nite at Brooklyn Bowl, they’re opening for Melvin/JGB. place is killer if you haven’t been and all the musicians are pros (oh yeah, serious wings if you need to eat) (double oh yeah Sixpoint Sweet Action if you need to beer).

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    ps…not really a news story but God Street Wine came back to do some benefits and jamcruise before once again calling it quits for good a few weeks ago. members of the band who are near the NYC will be playing around pretty regular. my friend Mike is helping with booking along with our other friend who is Weir’s day-to-day. i’m sure i’ll mention this stuff along the way.

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