The Cosmic Country Horns came in at the end of Bowie and played until the end of the show. Horns players included Dave Grippo on alto sax and percussion, Carl Gerhard on trumpet, Michael Ray on trumpet, James Harvey on trombone, and Peter Apfelbaum on baritone sax, tenor sax and flute. This version of Gumbo appears on A Live One. The opening act was Dave Matthews Band.
Noteworthy Jams
Debut Years (Average: 1990)

This show was part of the "1994 Fall Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1994-12-02

Review by OrangeSox

OrangeSox There should be a review here so i'll volunteer. Came to this show for the Cosmic Country Horns, this incarnation featuring Michael Ray and Peter Apflebaum especially. No disappointment at all here!

The first set is solid, especially the Simple -> It's Ice, the segue of which is quite butter, and an average-great Stash.

This Bowie heralding the beginning of the Cosmic Country Horns inclusion (whom Trey calls Giant Country Horns fwiw at the end of the Bowie) is 22 minutes of good hot-fire, one of the unsung Late 94 Bowies of lore with the horns popping into the final coda.

To me, this is a concise version of the best songs for horns for Phish, even if it's missing Flat Fee (gone since 1991) and Alumni Blues. The presence of the horns here is not nearly as fluid and swinging as GCH of 1991. The horns take a harsher timbre here, more natural and mildly discordant, which is great, and employ more powerful blasts to punctuate their parts. Apflebaum is the lead horn soloist and very creative. No wonder this was the beginning of a long productive relationship between Trey and him.

I think it'd be swell to hear a sbd recording of this show but the aud of this show is just fine. It should be heard.
, attached to 1994-12-02

Review by Kriddaz

Kriddaz This was my first Phish show! 21 years ago today. Thanks for emailing me a reminder. Dave Matthews band opened, and nobody had ever heard of them. I had no idea the Giant Country Horns would be there and it blew me away. Would love to go back in time and relive this night all over again!
, attached to 1994-12-02

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw Just another great show.

Simple is it's typically strong '94 self love versions from this era. Fantastic segue into It's Ice they really nail the overlap. And the outro out of It's Ice is gorgeous as it goes into a strong Lizards. Stash is fairly standard, but it's peak is absolutely not standard it's epic! Coil is a great way to cap the set as always.

Things really kick into high gear when Bowie kicks in. The jam starts at about the same point as all late '94 Bowie's do. And although this isn't the best or most epic of them all it goes fairly deep and has great intensity, and at horns kicking in at the end is a fantastic cap on that jam. The whole horns section is phenomenal Julius is outstanding, Gumbo is one of the best ever with horns (it's on A Live One for obvious reasons), Caravan is also a welcome treat especially with horns. And Suzy with horns is the only way it should be played just excellent. I love this sit in, it's what elevates this show to above average to me overall.

Average encore with Cavern + Horns makes it a little above average.

Overall Fall '94 rocks and this oozes with it.
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