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Trey Anastasio

Since co-founding the seminal improv rock outfit Phish in 1983, guitarist, composer, and songwriter Trey Anastasio has explored a wide variety of musical pathways ranging from atonal fugues and elaborate charts with Phish to adventurous free jazz on his first solo project, Surrender to the Air (1996), to collaborations with the likes of Tom Marshall, Les Claypool, Philip Glass, Stewart Copeland, and others. After Phish went on long-term hiatus in late 2000, Anastasio focused on a myriad of projects, including Oysterhead and his eight-piece solo band.

Born Ernest Joseph Anastasio III in 1964, Anastasio attended Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey, where he met future songwriting partner Tom Marshall. As a teenager, he helped his mother, Dina, write songs for children's records. At the University of Vermont, he teamed up with bassist Mike Gordon, drummer Jon Fishman, and guitarist Jeff Holdsworth to form Phish. After being suspended from the university for a semester for a prank gone awry, Anastasio transferred to the highly experimental Goddard College outside of Burlington, where he studied intensely with composer Ernie Stires while writing and rehearsing Phish's complicated early material. Soon after, Holdsworth was replaced by keyboardist Page McConnell.

Phish remained Anastasio's primary musical outlet for the duration of the '80s and the '90s, as his original work progressed from lengthy prog-influenced compositions, such as "You Enjoy Myself" of the mid-'80s, to the more focused (though still complex) songs of Rift (1993). While Phish placed more and more emphasis on group improvisation, Anastasio's charts gradually fell by the wayside. In 1996, he organized and produced Surrender to the Air, a big-band free jazz excursion with Sun Ra saxman Marshall Allen, organist John Medeski, avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot, experimental drummer Bob Gullotti, and many others. Though Anastasio was nominally the leader of the project, he played as an equal member of a large group of downtown heavyweights.

The transformation of Anastasio's work from composition-based to improvisation-based was completed in 1997 and 1998 with The Story of the Ghost and The Siket Disc, two Phish releases chiseled out of hours of collective jamming overseen by producer John Siket. Anastasio's ongoing collaboration with Tom Marshall also resulted in a bevy of new material, far too much for Phish to assimilate into their already gigantic live repertoire. Though Anastasio brought some of the songs to his newly formed side trio, he still felt he was holding back. Phish performed at a massively successful New Year's celebration in Big Cypress, Florida, and in 2000 came the release of Farmhouse (entirely written and produced by Anastasio), but given the band's increasingly unfocused live performances, Phish decided to take a hiatus of an undetermined length beginning in October of that year.

Anastasio went right to work, scoring an arrangement of the Phish song "Guyute" (one of his last multi-sectioned compositions) for the Vermont Youth Orchestra with mentor Ernie Stires. Following its performance, he hit the road with a horn-bolstered version of his side trio and almost a dozen new songs, many of which returned to the complicated work of years past. Soon after, he wrote and recorded an album with Oysterhead, a power trio including Anastasio, Primus bassist Les Claypool, and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland, beginning a new chapter in his musical history. His time spent with Oysterhead was experimental, but not permanent. By early 2002, Anastasio prepped for his proper solo release for Elektra. His groovy cool self-titled album was issued that April and Anastasio returned to the road for a string of U.S. tour dates.

The live effort Plasma appeared in April 2003, showcasing more than two hours of performances from Anastasio's 2002 summer/fall trek of North America. Seven brand-new tracks and a few covers were sprinkled into the double-disc set as well. The all-instrumental Seis de Mayo was released in April 2004, followed by Shine in 2005 and Bar 17 in 2006. The stopgap but quite effective The Horseshoe Curve, comprised of various tracks recorded between 2004 and 2007, appeared in 2007 while Anastasio was doing time at a court-ordered drug rehab program. The unified Time Turns Elastic, which paired the guitarist with Don Hart, was released in 2009. TAB at the Tab, a live album with the traditional four-piece expanded to a septet to include additional horns, was recorded at Atlanta's famed Tabernacle Theater and released in 2010. After touring with Phish for almost two years, Anastasio returned to the studio and emerged with Traveler.

Phish remained an active concern throughout the 2010s, touring regularly, issuing archival live albums and, in 2014, the brand-new studio collection Fuego. In 2015, the Grateful Dead tapped Anastasio as Jerry Garcia's substitute for their final concerts, dubbed Fare Thee Well; the farewell performances at Chicago's Soldier Field were released as a live album that November. That fall, Anastasio also released Paper Wheels, an album recorded with the Trey Anastasio Band that tapped into the spirit of mid-'70s Dead. ~ Jesse Jarnow & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography


Track List: Paper Wheels

1. Sometime After Sunset

2. The Song

3. Never

4. In Rounds

5. Flying Machines

6. Invisible Knife

7. Lever Boy

8. Bounce

9. Liquid Time

10. Paper Wheels

11. Speak To Me

12. Cartwheels


Track List: Cartwheels

1. Cartwheels


Track List: The Song (Single)

1. The Song


Track List: Sometime After Sunset (Single)

1. Sometime After Sunset


Track List: Traveler

1. Corona

2. Let Me Lie

3. Frost

6. Scabbard

7. Clint Eastwood

8. Architect

9. Valentine


Track List: The Horseshoe Curve

1. Sidewalk Of San Francisco

2. Olivia

3. Burlap Sack And Pumps

4. The 5th Round

5. The Horseshoe Curve

6. Noodle Rave

7. Tube Top Tony

8. Porters Pyramids


Track List: Bar 17

1. Host Across The Potomac

2. If You're Walking

3. Dragonfly

4. Bar 17

5. Mud City

6. Let Me Lie

7. What's Done

8. Goodbye Head

9. A Case Of Ice And Snow

10. Empty House

11. Gloomy Sky

12. Shadow

13. Cincinatti


Track List: Shine

1. Shine

2. Tuesday

3. Invisible

4. Come As Melody

5. Air Said To Me

6. Wherever You Find It

7. Sweet Dreams Melinda

8. Love Is Freedom

9. Sleep Again

10. Spin

11. Black

12. Love That Breaks All Lines


Track List: Shine (Single)

1. Shine


Track List: Seis De Mayo

1. Andre The Giant

2. Prologue

3. The Inlaw Josie Wales

4. All Things Reconsidered

5. Coming To

6. Discern (Intro)

7. Guyute (Orchestral)


Track List: Plasma

Disc 1

1. Curlew's Call

2. Plasma

3. Magilla

4. When

5. Mozambique

6. Every Story Ends In Stone

7. Small Axe

8. First Tube (Live)

Disc 2

1. Night Speaks To A Woman

2. Simple Twist Up Dave

3. Inner Tube

4. Sand


Track List: Plasma (Live)

Disc 1

1. Curlew's Call (Live)

2. Plasma (Live)

3. Magilla (Live)

4. When (Live)

5. Mozambique (Live)

6. Every Story Ends In Stone (Live)

7. Small Axe (Live)

8. First Tube (Live)

Disc 2

Track List: Trey Anastasio

1. Alive Again

2. Cayman Review

3. Push On 'Til The Day

4. Night Speaks To A Woman

5. Flock Of Words

6. Money, Love And Change

7. Drifting

8. At The Gazebo

9. Mr. Completely

10. Ray Dawn Balloon

11. Last Tube

12. Ether Sunday


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I get it they are not for everyone, but chrisnag, I think you might have missed the point man! Enjoy life, and enjoy the music you love man. Don't waste your time s**tting on things you don't like. It's too short brother! And to answer your question, I could take at least a million of the same Phish songs!
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They remained an active concern... what the F does that mean? They broke up because Trey was tired of carrying them and they became a greedy merchandise driven corporation. I'm surprised their back together again. From what I hear maybe Trey should let the other band members play because every damn song I hear is a 30 minute guitar solo with some singing here and there. And how many live albums of the same 10 songs do you need Phish fans?
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A true Ninja, he will sneak up and steal your soul.
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Wow. The first track i have heard from this album i liked so far. Saw him in 2001. One of my favorite shows . Cut a rug dancing . luv him with horns . omg!
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get his new album 'traveler' on here, please
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Better and better with each tour he plays!! And with Fishman being an absolute monster the past year, it makes Trey Anti-pasto even better! So glad that he surrounds himself with the best of the best musicians!
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Inside your Fuego!
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I wanna go Phishing !
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Phish never really totally followed in the Grateful Dead's footsteps, only in that they were classified as a Jam Band, which is what the Grateful Dead did well. As the Dead were influenced by folk music, phish opened the door wide open to just about anything. That, and a huge pool of dedicated fans ready for some new s**t.
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If you want to hear the ultimate background music to play while learning how to type (yes I'm computer illiterate), listen to the Drive By Truckers. Two of the less famous musicians from The Band made their way through that group.
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It's like the six degrees of Kevin McPhish Bacon.
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My Phish station sucks...its either Grateful Dead or The Band & Bob Dylan. Both groups that I love, but not on my Phish station. I have my own Grateful Dead station for that.
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@wgfed they played dead covers? like wingspan i go way back too and never heard of them doing so
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When was phish a dead cover band I missed that and I've been down since way back
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The pinnacle of Phish occurred in the middle of the Everglades, on a Seminole Indian Reservation. After their 8 hour; turn of the millennium set- when that sun finally came up- it would never be the same. If you were there at Big Cypress, you know what I mean. However, I've seen them since then, and after Coventry (which was almost a horrible experience) they started getting tighter & tighter and more & more bad-a**. I. E. any of the last couple NYE runs at the Garden, or those two shows at Jone
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Never seen p h I s h 2. Oh or 3. Please someone out there help me I live in Vegas and they never come here
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sober trey kicks a**, hooray for 3.0
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yea, 'wildroamer' they stopped playing dead songs in like 1984. Wake up lazy hippie. Phish was the s**t in 80s and 90s- guess you slept through that era..
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basically a dead cover band?...wake up man
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absolute amazing!!!
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I'm with you Josh, prefer him on his own. I remember when they were basically a Dead cover band, 80's Burlington.
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Trey has always been a life mentor to me, I dont know what would happen to me if he stoped recording.
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Actually like Trey better than the whole.
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nervoushouse d w e l l e r s
The man kicks some serious a**. Hope everyone who wants to gets a chance to see him, he won't last forever. Who will take his place? As far as I'm concerned the rest of the jam bands out there are watered down versions of Phish or The GD. Hopefully someone out there is practicing/w r i t i n g there a** off and we will hear about them soon. Hopefully.
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Trey is a visionary musician who's progressive dialog with the audience via his experimental and intentional guitar and stringed instruments empowers the relationship between himself and his audience which is one of the fueling factors behind his popularity. I am glad to see him tying some roots with Phish again. I've seen them twice this summer and the vibe which emanates from them as a unit causes compelling dance. However I have found a great solace in Oysterhead too! That band had such power
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Thank you Trey for the many wonderful memories ... especially 080998 ...
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just got my mind blown @ spac 6/20/2010 great show. I love trey and the whole band see ya around in burlington VT
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i love me some trey
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Just saw them last night in Gulf Shores at the Hangout - Genius! Absolutely awesome.
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He is good! I love his music.
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You can all say what you want about TA. Truth is, we all like what we like. But remember, this isn't a person that picked up a guitar and got lucky. He has spent more time studying music etc than any of you will ever spend studying anything. I think he is a musical genius and can tell you that if any of you attended a Phish concert, your negative opinions would be changed forever...Th i s is guaranteed.
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TPIII may be an idiot, but alot of people lose parts of their mind when their depressed & sheet.
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Calm down jeff, if you were into hippy s**t your wouldn't be acting like such a kid.
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According to Webster's "myriad" stems from greek and can be used as either a noun or an adjective
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Are you one of those people who corrects everyone's grammar at parties or get togethers so you can appear more important? It's t Rolling Stone....get over yourself. Let me guess, you are an artist, or maybe a journalist wanna be? In that case get used to saying "Do you want fries with that".
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To the writer: please do not put the words "a myriad of" together. Look up the word "myriad." It is an adjective, not a noun, and is not to be preceded by "a" or followed by "of." I appreciate the info, but not the incorrect usage.
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Take a bath, hippie. While you're doing that, I'm gonna listen to something else 'cause your music sucks a fat dong.

NO! I didn't say bong! Come outta the fog, hippie.
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Why is there a picture of Phish for Trey, it is misleading
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phish is back.. and its about time
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If you like Trey check out Oyster Head. Lots of fun and a different style
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does anyone know what happened to Trey's in Naseau, NY court case? I wanted to go but never made it. Let me know
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trey is a jedi!

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