Bar 17 marks Trey's second solo album in just under a year as he continues his evolution as guitarist, songwriter and improvisationalist to create a kaleidoscopic yet cohesive listening experience, one of his most remarkable albums to date.
Recorded on and off over the past three years in a variety of locations including Trey's famed Barn recording studio in Vermont and co-producer Bryce Googin's (Phish, Pavement) Trout Studios in Brooklyn, NY. Joining Trey in the studio were musicians from all eras of Trey's career including members of Phish and various incarnations of Trey's solo band, string players from his "Seis De Mayo" project and longtime collaborator John Medeski along with new friends avant-groovesmiths Benevento/Russo Duo, singer Carmen Keegan (I Nine) and Joan Wasser (Dambuilders, Those Bastard Souls).
A musical chameleon at heart, Trey continues to immerse himself comfortably in a variety of sonic environments. Beginning with the familiar sound of Mike Gordon's basswork on the dynamic opening track "Host Across the Potomac", Trey touches on Stones Exile-era riffing ("Dragonfly" and "Mud City") and thrilling guitar solos on the title track and "What's Done", as well as the structured-improv crowd favorite "Goodbye Head" and the expanded instrumentation of "Cincinnatti".
It`s a great album, just has to grow on you I guess.
Nate Frawg (12/12/2006 1:22:07 PM)
Empty House is a beautiful, sweet love song. I like it a lot, despite its sappiness. The title track, Bar 17, aside from the extended instrumental part, is so tender and sensitive it makes me want
bathtube jim (10/31/2006 2:33:00 PM)
the fact of the matter is that trey is capable of writing some pretty horrible lyrics without the assistance of tom. i know he`s trying to be more "meaningful" with his song writing but does he have