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. marcoesq Says:

    morning all

  2. marcoesq Says:

    This Trey era was definitely amazing, was it summer ’01 or ’02 when Gordo came out at Great Woods for the Mike’s>Paug?

  3. kayatosh Says:

    think i found my fav. bowie — 12.31.99. $$$.

  4. butter Says:

    Miner – i dig the history articles, well written

    hard to keep track of Trey’s evolving line up

    i think Trey played the first Vegoose right? in like 06? i remember lack luster being the theme

  5. marcoesq Says:

    ^Yeah he played there in 05 or 06. thats the year he came out with WSP

  6. lumpyhead Says:


    ariel pink’s haunted graffiti – anybody listening to them right now? Sickness

  7. SillyWilly Says:


    I sent the Herd an email

    I compared leaving Phish off the list to leaving John Stockton off a list of NBA greats

    Not everyone’s favorite or the best to look at, but he consistently got the job done with fundamentals and a “community/get everyone involved” approach to the game.

  8. kayatosh Says:

    shorting the nas 100 here. i must be out of my mind.

  9. SillyWilly Says:


    Cavern transition into Bowie from 10/16/10 was pretty cool

    hanging out with Cal this weekend he was pimping this show.

    I knew it was good, but it’s getting better upon re-listen

  10. KfL Says:

    in times like these, kaya, you must ask yourself: what would bro coli do?

  11. Aquaman Says:


    AlbertPoopFan and I were noticing a lack of Phish centric posting lately. Which applies to me as well. (Hello?!? You hill-jack cousin kissing super hero)

    So, here I go. This JOTD reminds me why summer 2004 sucked so hard. Summer 2003 was way better, and this jam just plain puts me to sleep. This stretch of summer did feature more than a few 5 song sets but they just got boring. Save Alpine Night 2.

    This is the anti-work jam from Phish.

    This jam is like jumping into a hot tub after 15 Tequila shots next a super fine lady, only to notice someone pinched a “Baby Ruth” in your love spa.

    This jam is like a watching a quaalude f**k a cockroach.


  12. Aquaman Says:


    Good morning all!

  13. butter Says:

    intense reality: is my island sinking?

  14. JeffieM Says:

    Morning, folks.

    Spending my day writing a paper about Thomas Hobbes. Distractions welcome. Love the Phish chatter on ESPN.

  15. verno329 Says:

    This jam is like jumping into a hot tub after 15 Tequila shots next a super fine lady, only to notice someone pinched a “Baby Ruth” in your love spa.

    I nominate this post of the day. Don’t see how this can be topped

  16. butter Says:

    yea Silly, don’t let your copy of 10.16.10 get too dusty

  17. butter Says:

    have a good one kids

  18. kayatosh Says:

    right on, kfl. I’m lovin episode 9.

  19. JeffieM Says:

    10.16.10 Bowie is the one jam from that show that hurts to listen to, because I missed it. I worked the Water Wheel table that night, and ran back to the table at ‘Give the Director.’ Double set closer was killer. Great night overall though.

  20. JeffieM Says:

    (tips hat to Robear)

  21. kayatosh Says:

    with wine and herbs, we shall be fine. peace is every step.

  22. heals Says:

    having a soul shakedown party in my office today. good looking out on the mediafire link!!

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    “peace is every step.”

    Big up Thich Nat Hanh!

  24. cal Says:

    Hey cats, couldn’t resist responding to lumpyhead. BEFORE TODAY is one of the most mind-blowing records to come out in ages. It took me several listens to get past the retro vibe and realize what an absolute work of Bowie-worshipping genius it is in its own right. Most “indie” music that people call psychedelic, I hate, but this shit is killer. Anybody who has 45 minutes to spare should put on some nice headphones, get in the mood and crank this album.

    Also, Aqua–you are correct, sir. If that ASIHTOS is top-shelf Phish, then Mr. Boston is top-shelf brandy.

  25. KfL Says:

    somebody wake up miner

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