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. kayatosh Says:

    nice, duke.

  2. bhizzle Says:

    After looking at the On the Road section of Trey’s site I DID see the summer 01 incarnation. Philly, Jones Beach, Mansfield & SPAC. My brother and I stayed at his friends joint who lived in Cranberry (?), NJ. We went back to his place after Philly and Jones Beach and ate egg sandwiches every morning. That was my first time being at all those places minus SPAC and the first time I ever drove in NYC traffic. Those bridge tolls are stupid! You might have bumped into us while singing Livin on a Prayer in the pissers outside of Jones Beach. And Gordon at Jones Beach was great except for our seats being in the nose bleeds.

  3. kenny powers Says:

    thanks Robear, email a comin’.

    To anyone interested, I found only one Marley concert torrent at TTD and it’s got a ton of seeders at the moment…was just uploaded three days ago

    Bob Marley & The Wailers – 07/21/79
    Amandla Festival – Harvard Stadium
    Boston, MA

    set list:
    Positive Vibration
    Slave Driver
    Them Belly Full
    Runnin Away
    Crazy Baldhead
    The Heathen
    No More Trouble
    Lively Up Yourself
    No Woman No Cry
    Get Up Stand Up

    Wake Up & Live*

    * most likely first performances
    note. Video was obtained about 5 years ago via a friend..HUGE upgrade in picture quality..The sound goes from I think mono to stereo in some points or from a SBD to
    AUD source..Either way this dvd is amazing…enjoy

  4. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Morning folks. Wow that JOTD goes to some great places. That tune is right in my hiatus years.

    DOTD was a staple of my collection during my formative years. Definitely need to go back an relisten to it.

    Grooving the Afrobeat mix someone posted a couple of days ago. Maybe Sumo? Goodness. I went to see FELA with my mom who is 70 and stepdad who is 72. They loved it. I have been burning assorted afrobeat cds for them since then. Pretty cool.

    KP- Those early Marley years have such a cool sound and unique energy to them.

    Mitch- Sorry for the Lower East Side botch job on Sat. I was juggling a lot of folks and a large buzz. Next time for sure.

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    So Watson the computer won on Jeopardy. So how long will it be until all the humans are slaves working in the tungsten mines?

  6. albert walker Says:

    great write up today Miner. dropped a bunch of Molly work on the 2 Greek shows and Merriweather Post. Different times no doubt when you are working Trey Anastasio Band lot.

    still prefer the trio or the later incarnations with Cyro but def dug this line up.

    agree on the ealry Marley KP. Not a big fan of the later stuff but the Scratch produced more simple soul, gospel sounds of Soul Rebels is $$$.

    have fun kids
    even you southerners

  7. Robear Says:

    espn ‘First Take’ just plain sucks and blows this time of year.

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    espn may as well be entertainment tonight these days

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    espn ‘First Take’ just plain sucks and blows this time of year.

    fix’d that for ya 😉

  10. KfL Says:

    espn ‘First Take’ just plain sucks and blows this time of year.

    ^fixed that fix for ya 😉

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    touche, oh king. touche…

  12. Robear Says:

    sheesh. you’d think I brought up ‘SCI’ this morning 😛

  13. willowed Says:

    Speaking of ESPN. You boys ever listen to Colin Cowheard? Great ESPN sports radio personality. He is having a March Madness bracket for top Rock and Roll bands ever. Field of 64

    We must nominate our boys:

  14. Robear Says:

    ::reaches for @ KP’s sbd. mix to save face::

  15. Robear Says:

    i do sometimes willowed, he’s great.

    checking now

  16. butter Says:

    lurker mode:

    i just found out all the SI swimsuit models are staying at the Grand Wailea in Maui

  17. Robear Says:

    I just found out I booked my trip to Maui for the wrong time.



  18. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Please get me some digits @butter.

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    Speaking of Sports Radio personalities and Phish.

    Dan Patrick (UD alum, go flyers) gave a shout out to Phish over Superbowl week.

  20. butter Says:

    @bigjig – time to take the lady down to Grand Wailea for a spa package

  21. willowed Says:

    Guys – Please pepper him with e-mails today. I guarantee he will mention the band on the radio.

    He is not a big “hippie” guy. He thinks we should all be working at Starbucks and have a .edu e-mail address. Here is the e-mail

    Pepper the shit out of him. Let’s get our boys in the tournament.

    Then we can vote them thru:


  22. lumpyhead Says:

    does anybody listen to ariel pink’s haunted graffiti? it’s unreal.

  23. kenny powers Says:

    super funny moment from news channel in Australia. Click on the “TV news anchor zings reporter” link to the upper left and skip to 0:30

  24. willowed Says:

    Love the comment you just posted on ESPN Robear

  25. kenny powers Says:

    actually i think the video starts right up when you hit that link

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