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. kenny powers Says:

    haha sumo, i should’ve known you’d be all over that link. i was just searching for it and was gonna post it but you beat me. hat tip.

  2. willowed Says:

    I was wondering where you were TIII

    You OK?

    Will you be ready?

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    Took me quite a while to find my car after this ASIHTOS show willowed. Lost on the golf course and following people that didn’t know where they were going.

  4. kenny powers Says:

    @ AJ

    HOT DAMN please keep those up in your Mediafire till i get home tonight, that is a serious amount of Bob.

    Aside from the official studio releases, the only high-quality older stuff I’ve heard is the “Complete Wailers” box sets. Most of what I hear is crappy bootleg compilations and you never know what you’re gonna get.

    I absolutely LOVE the 1967-1970 era when they were still a pretty organic, mostly acoustic trio and Bob’s vocals were getting really soulful.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, I’ll be good. just resting up today after some full-on sickness the past two days. don’t worry. I’ll be ready.

  6. goochy Says:

    @Mike in Austin – I just saw Mike at the Barrymore last year and can’t even imagine seeing Phish there. It would be an amazing experience.

  7. kenny powers Says:

    some of my fave tracks from that era are

    Bend Down Low
    Bus Dem Shut
    Selassie is the Chapel
    Chances Are
    Tread Oh
    Back Out

    Anything else in that vain that I haven’t heard will be just grrrrreat.

  8. kenny powers Says:

    @ t3

    don’t tell me the Verve cover was Bittersweet Symphony. They were playing that last night in BJ’s. that would be a wierd coincidence if you were already asleep and dreaming about. That would mean you could control the radio at BJ’s through your dreams.

    Or vice versa.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    while that would have been an interesting coincidence, thankfully that is one verve song I’d never foist upon phish – even in my dreams. no, it was Gravity Grave which is a much better song than the one they “owed” to the Stones. Trey slayed it.

  10. Robear Says:

    you cats think Phish doesn’t come out West much? Try catching a TAB show out here.

    Hey Miner, what gives?? Two days of TAB write-ups, yet not a single TAB jam to stream, or show to download.

  11. kenny powers Says:

    @ t3 gotcha

    man, any Bob fans that are curious about live shows (i’ve only heard one or two), i just got curious and checked the ‘Noid….there’s a guy seeding year-by-year projects of all live shows, some AUD some SBD…a serious amount.

    i’m thinking some of the ’70s AUDs may not sound great but pretty cool for the archives i must say.

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    KP, have at it. Not my mediafire, just one i found with the googles.

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    Tons of live Bob in the mediafire too.. 7 pages.

  14. kenny powers Says:

    thanks AJ. i’m finding all sorts of stuff on the ‘Noid including a 1.26 GB torrent called “Ultra Rarities”….the text description doesn’t say jack but apparently there are text files that say where the tracks are from….there are a ton i haven’t heard from.

    i sense a total roots reggae listening explosion in my imminent future. which is nice since i happened upon some bane and finally cleaned my piece and ordered some of that Bee Line hemp wick.

    Jah live.

  15. TheSloth Says:

    This Barrymore show got some serious play in my car’s cassette deck way back when.

  16. Kaveh Says:

    @angryjoggerz – Thanks for the Marley…great way to start the day!

  17. Robear Says:

    KP, i have a ’79 Santa Barbara Bowl Bob Marley Video. Interested?

    TIII, did you get the link I sent you via email?

    Silly, how about some updates from the streets of Cairo, er, I mean, Madison.

  18. mitch Says:

    nice madison sbd link for silly and the other protestors.

    morning ever’body

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, I did. thanks for that! sorry, sickness has had me not on the emails.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    yo. spinnin tunes. caught the second half of the gargantuan 11.16.94 simple. $$$. epic version.

    now got me some pigpen with a crispy clean king bee from 4.28.71. thick syrupy blues.

  21. kenny powers Says:

    @ Robear

    HELL YES! come to think of it i wonder if there are any others in TTD

  22. Robear Says:

    send me an email, i’ll get you a copy @ KP

    humboldt rob at g mail dot com

  23. DukeOfLizards Says:

    It’s official, I’m a Dead addict. Spinnin 3/31/71 here.

    He’s Gone > Truckin > Jam > Drums > Other One > Jam > Rider should be pretty enjoyable. One would think, anyway.

  24. bhizzle Says:

    Kfl..that Darien show was the HEAT! I immediately knew something was up after seing the second drum set. That entire show I wasn’t in my seat. I just kept bouncin along the rail of the box seats in front of our section, eluding the security in time with the muisc. Such fun. Then thinking cant wait for Bonaroo

  25. dyda Says:

    spac does somehow make cars vanish. had quite the time finding mine after 6.19.10 & it was just a straight walk back from the gates on fish side (which is totally the way to exit/enter even if you park on the less confusing side with the big lot and the shakedown lot across the skywalk)

    first TAB show for me coming up next weekend. one of the only ones that hasn’t sold out either. guess living here has some perks. smaller scene & all. look forward to checking out the new venue in town & being able to walk right up front. maybe yell out an obscure request for something to get a chuckle from trey (jennifer dances or lushington). and hopefully finally get to see liquid time

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