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

Tags: , ,

429 Responses to “Trey Tour – Winter 2001”

  1. Guyute711 Says:

    This sign thing has gotten a little out of control.

  2. Robear Says:

    silly, nothing on the news this morning.

    should I be playing the world’s smallest violin for all those people being asked to make a small contribution to their own retirement and health care packages?

  3. Spasm Waiter Says:

    G117- That’s a classic. Dude’s just not about being in the moment. Haha!

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Word. That yellow utility belt is creepy.

  5. kenny powers Says:

    @ cal

    is Earth anything like Stars Of The Lid? If so, I want in.

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    Love me some Stars of the Lid. This board is hip as hell, to speak in walkerisms.

  7. JeffieM Says:

    Definitely put me on team ‘JOTD is hot.’

    Love some good wide open, laid back 2.0 jams.

  8. Robear Says:

    WTF!? right in front of the ‘Fluffhead’ sign is a ‘Go Amherst’ sign! Can’t. Escape.

  9. Robear Says:

    ‘Stars of the LId’:

    is that a sequel to the Ariel movie thing you cats were pimping?

  10. cal Says:

    aj–You said the magic words. Now I will definitely NOT be checking out BMSR. (hate the Lips, no offense)

    kp–No idea, have never listened to SotL. Earth is about repetitive, slooooow guitar riffs and minimal, slooooow drum beats, kind of like old Melvins but mellowed out to the point where it’s not metallic any more. I’m referring only to their recent stuff.

  11. Robear Says:

    7/10/00 ‘Bathtub Gin’

    not a super all-timer, maybe, but a really nice Type ‘O’ jam for the first set.

  12. JeffieM Says:

    I’m out, have a good one kids.

    Do work, Silly.

  13. kenny powers Says:

    @ aj

    I’ve only heard one Stars album, the double CD “Tired Sounds Of…”. That used to be my studying at the library music. There are a few tracks in general that I could just loop and play for hours on end. I bet it would be amazing on LSD because it’s so simple and drone-y…..I bet it would suddenly become complex to me.

  14. kenny powers Says:

    @ cal

    SotL is basically snippets of orchestral string arrangements played extremely slow, recorded in what sounds like a concert hall with lots of echo, and it’s looped over and over. No drums or percussion, nothing electric. I’ve never done heroin but I would venture to guess this would be the musical equivalent. It’s great. The music, that is.

  15. kenny powers Says:

    actually, that describes the one CD i’ve heard anyway. AJ, is all their stuff like that or is every CD a different concept?

  16. kenny powers Says:

    4 in a row?

    I miss my ex-roommate who worked at Newbury Comics on Newbury St in Boston. Kid was an encyclopedia of all sorts of indie/experimental/whatever music and would bring a bunch home. he is responsible for at least half of my non-Phish/GD collection. He was also one of the fuunniest people I’ve ever met.

    ::pours a swig of Colt 45 on the sidewalk::

    jk he’s still alive.

  17. cal Says:

    SotL sound intriguing. I will definitely check them out.

  18. phoammhead Says:

    damn, had a virus attack and take over my computer this morning. teach me not to look at pictures of bo derek! damn, she’s hot, though.

    luckily, i’ve got some good computer techies at my disposal and got it cleaned up pretty quickly with no apparent side effects.

  19. lumpyhead Says:

    yeah, garretc, Glad you’ve heard it. guilty pleasure right now.

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    afternoon fLEGIONNAIRES

    how goes it?

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    I would say that is a very accurate description of their sound, KP.

  22. Robear Says:

    morning (still out here) Lycan!

  23. cal Says:

    Nothing guilty about that pleasure, lumpy. Can’t get enough of that album.

  24. Robear Says:

    JGB 9/10/89 ‘Great Woods’

  25. sumodie Says:

    scroll down for a short, amusing story of how TAB decided to play the Beasties’ Root Down

Leave a Reply