Trey Anastasio Band's TAB at the Tab set for September 14th release
Recorded Live At The Tabernacle In Atlanta In February 2010, Album Features Mix Of Classic And New Songs, Including "Show Of Life"
TAB at the Tab, a collection of songs recorded live by Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) at the legendary Tabernacle in Atlanta, will be released on September 14, 2010 by Anastasio's Rubber Jungle Records.
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The album - recorded on February 27, 2010 - captures the band at the peak of its powers and includes live renditions of classic TAB songs and numerous new compositions.
Building on 2009's stripped-down four-piece lineup - lead guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio, Russ Lawton (drums), Tony Markellis (bass) and Ray Paczkowski (keyboards) - TAB added horns back into the mix for its most recent foray.
Longtime TAB members Russell Remington (tenor saxophone and flute) and Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet and vocals) were joined by newcomer Natalie Cressman (trombone and vocals), just 18 and on her first national tour. Natalie is the daughter of former band member Jeff Cressman.
"It's how I've always imagined this band," says Anastasio. "The goal was for a unified sound in the tradition of Bob Marley or King Sunny Ade, where the different instruments are really dancing with each other. And I think we achieved that."
Not only do the instruments dance with one another, the vocal harmonies are exquisite also. Anastasio, Hartswick and Cressman are a formidable combination, from the scintillating opener "Money, Love and Change" to the tender "Words to Wanda" (marking the song's first appearance on record). Tony Markellis joins in on vocals on fan favorite "Windora Bug," another song making its recording debut, and Hartswick delivers a blistering lead vocal on a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog."
The swampy "Alaska," a song first played on TAB's 2009 tour that has since crossed over to Phish's repertoire, is re-imagined with an exuberant horn arrangement written by Greg Adams, formerly of Tower of Power, and Don Hart, Anastasio's frequent collaborator, created horn arrangements for six tracks, including the new song "Valentine."
"Show of Life," a moving meditation on life's beauty and brevity, is a recent composition from Anastasio and Steve Pollak ("The Dude of Life").
"We met for lunch on the corner of 94th and Amsterdam on the Upper West Side and Steve showed up with a manila folder full of lyrics," recalls Anastasio. "I have the FourTrack app on my iPhone, which is like a little recording studio, so we each put one ear bud in and then we started singing into the microphone. We went out into the street and we're singing bass lines and there are people walking by - it's unbelievable. I hadn't written a song with Steve in quite a long time, so that was a real thrill."
Other highlights include early TAB classics "Sand" and "Drifting" plus the infrequently heard "Goodbye Head," a complex composition from Anastasio's Bar 17.
The pre-order for TAB at the Tab is underway now. Fans who pre-order the digital download at www.livephish.com will receive the exclusive bonus track "Cayman Review" while those pre-ordering a download on the iTunes Store will receive "Birdwatcher" as a bonus. A bundle featuring a new TAB shirt not sold on the tour will also be available.
Drawing inspiration from experimental jazz, pop, reggae, metal, classical and barbershop music, Trey Anastasio has released eight solo albums.
His most recent, Time Turns Elastic, recorded with The Northwest Sinfonia, was composed with Don Hart. The piece was given its debut by Orchestra Nashville in 2008 and Anastasio performed it with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic in 2009.
Last year also saw the release of Phish's Joy, hailed as "a genuinely great album" by Rolling Stone, and its 7-DVD archival boxed set, The Clifford Ball, which was nominated for a GRAMMY award.
Phish recently kicked off the second leg of its summer tour.
TAB at the Tab tracklisting:
1. Money, Love and Change
2. Words to Wanda
6. Windora Bug
8. Goodbye Head
9. Show of Life
10. Black Dog
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