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. SillyWilly Says:



    watching a quaalude fuck a cockroach

    this just hours after the Northern Cousin Kisser post

    Keep this up and you’ll be having your own December ’95.

    straight fire, man.

  2. SillyWilly Says:


    I believe we have a due date today.

    I’ll get on that this afternoon.

    But first I have to go protest the budget cuts.

    I should bring my Radio Raheem and “We Shall Overcoooooo — oooome”

  3. Aquaman Says:

    JeffieM made me blush – 😳

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    What kinda cousinfucker has the ability to blush? 😉

  5. KfL Says:

    well, a due date for me silly. i’ll get something up this afternoon. chime in whenever – 2 weeks to discuss before the next one

  6. Aquaman Says:

    So does anyone know if Trey sat in with the Meters last night?

    I have some random photos from the Brooklyn Bowl last night, that my boys sent over, and it looks like Trey is sitting in with George Porter.

    Aren’t the Meters in Brooklyn this week?

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    ohhhh right.


    I promise I usually know due dates at school.

    i guess “usually” being open to interpretation.

  8. JeffieM Says:

    whoa whoa whoa, what did i do? I’m not your cousin!

  9. garretc Says:


    Still a couple pages back, but I’ve spun the latest Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (got it from the pitchfork torrent way back), and it is pretty damn sick! Doing something a little different with their ’80’s throwback sound, fer sure…

  10. halcyon Says:

    what’s happening flegionairres!

    Count me in on the Ariel Pink Haunted Graffiti Love. An auditory vacation while listening.

  11. Aquaman Says:


    No, no. You’ll have to read my post from yesterday to get the cousin reference.

    We may be cuz’s in Phishdom but indeed we are not cousin’s.

    (Besides, I wouldn’t kiss you if you were the last Phish fan on earth.) 😉

  12. Robear Says:

    llfa @ JeffieM,

    burned by the ‘double closer’.

    happens to most of us, at least a couple times!

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    JeffieM, if he busts out the utility belt, things are getting freakier.

  14. garretc Says:

    You fools hating on SPAC ASIHTOS are buggin’… That jam is absolutely a monster. Thunderous, storm the castle type stuff…

    (Have fun stormin’ tha castle!!!)

  15. Robear Says:

    missed the convo yesterday, but the NASCAR thread had me LoL’ing. Loved William H coming in to break the sport down, too. eu’ de classique

    re: the dates floating around.


    don’t you cats listen to Stoney Case? I told you how it would be, just not when or where. But the ‘how’ is as follows*:

    Multiple, multi-night runs, with time to breath between venues. leg 1 > festivus primicus > leg 2.

    *figured this out all on my own through deductive imagination

  16. cal Says:

    Also, out of left field, for anybody who likes extremely slow, drone-y instrumental post-rock-type stuff, the new album by Earth is extremely good.

    SW–If you see the governor today, tell him to live like he means it.

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    Cal, do you get into Black Moth Super Rainbow at all? Pretty fun.

  18. Robear Says:

    Leg 1, more east of the rockies

    Leg 2, more west of the rockies.

    kind of like ’09 and ’10

  19. Robear Says:

    sometimes I can’t tell if you cats are talking new bands, new movies, or children’s cartoons.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    Robear – yes.

  21. SillyWilly Says:


    will do!

    pretty crazy downtown Madison today and yesterday.

  22. cal Says:

    aj, have only given that band a half-assed listen before, first impression was meh. Worth checking out, eh? I do like the name.

    Robear–sorry, should we get off your lawn?

  23. kayatosh Says:

    perhaps train wine and money needs one final episode — two ladies, including liquid gold and the female character referenced in episode 7, Cat. maybe.

  24. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Does anyone get into Balck Moth Super DOUBLE Rainbow?

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    I like them, but I like that kind of analoguey sound. saw them at Mil Park and it was fun. Sort of on a Flaming Lips kinda thing.

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