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. Robear Says:


    bob copied. working on burning the Exile set.

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    Update from Madison

    No violence. Thank god.

    25000 people on capitol square. And growing.

    There’s talk of a camp in on the lawn. Complete with music and food.

    So far there’s no sign of the national guard and the police seem to be on our side. Tons of young people. Very cool to see grizzled ol steel workers walking next to funky dreaded out freakettes.

    One could find a quality date at a rally. Just sayin

  3. Aquaman Says:


    Lugubrious, like today’s JOTD.

    However, reading that lyrics as poetry…I like it.

  4. Aquaman Says:

    BOTTOM’D P.7


    If I could at work, I’d “cousin” that seed.

  5. Aquaman Says:

    I love having SillyW, “on the ground”.

    This is like civics class taught by that hippie professor.

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    Silly is into grizzled ol steelworkers. You BB’ers are into some kinky business.

  7. Robear Says:

    silly, are they sending these state workers to the bread lines with these cuts? or is it the ‘Have your cake and eat it too’ rally?

  8. halcyon Says:

    Colorado BB’ers

    Shpongle playing Vail in April, as well as Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, and Greyboy Allstars

  9. Lycanthropist Says:

    jam of the day is fire.

  10. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Super random question:

    What was the tune that allegedly had a Mind Left Body jam during the 8/9 Telly show? I remember it being discussed back then but never checked it out, and spinning a ton of 68-73 Dead reminded me. Thankles.

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    Prince Caspian I believe

  12. lastwaltzer Says:

    twas caspian, twas tasteful

  13. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Thanks Lycan

  14. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Tastefulness = $$$$$

  15. voopa 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?”

    I’m tired of everyone promoting their transhumanist agendas!

  16. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    In a groundbreaking 2003 experiment, scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that 50 minutes of hard running on a treadmill or riding a stationary bicycle significantly increased blood levels of endocannabinoid molecules in a group of college students. The endocannabinoid system was first mapped some years before that, when scientists set out to determine just how cannabis, a k a marijuana, acts upon the body. They found that a widespread group of receptors, clustered in the brain but also found elsewhere in the body, allow the active ingredient in marijuana to bind to the nervous system and set off reactions that reduce pain and anxiety and produce a floaty, free-form sense of well-being. Even more intriguing, the researchers found that with the right stimuli, the body creates its own cannabinoids (the endocannabinoids). These cannabinoids are composed of molecules known as lipids, which are small enough to cross the blood-brain barrier, so cannabinoids found in the blood after exercise could be affecting the brain.

  17. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    ^^^ for those of you who like the bane and exercise combo

  18. albert walker Says:

    read that this morning Dr. P

    explains my love of ice-tubes before running. talk about a buzz.

    nothing better than waking up before the douchers pulling a fat morning tube, loading up the i-pod with the fresh show from the night before and hitting lake Michigan for a 10 mile jaunt.

  19. kenny powers Says:

    never been able to bane and exercise. actually i don’t know that i’ve tried. something tells me i might enjoy it but probably wouldn’t work as hard.

  20. kenny powers Says:

    10 miles aw??? holy crap i’d be puking after 2. or less.

  21. Aquaman Says:

    Dr. That is INDEED the prescription!

    No wonder I like long bike rides after gettin’ blazed.

  22. DukeOfLizards Says:

    “Runner’s high” just took on a whole new meaning.

    Gonna go get fuckin’ runner’s baked after work today.

  23. verno329 Says:

    I get tired driving 10 miles

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    Damn, I want to be an all powerful transhuman.

  25. Robear Says:

    puffin’ and chillin around the house is fun, too.

    thanks for that insight Dr. P.

    ‘Bane, not just for snowboarding anymore’

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