Trying to trace the path Phish might take over the course of a set -- or even a song, for that matter -- was a lot like trying to play catch with a ball of mercury: messy, confusing, and usually a whole lotta fun. Since Phish went on hiatus to allow its members to follow their individual muses, it's not surprising that guitarist Trey Anastasio takes his share of flying leaps. But even diehard Phish heads might be surprised by some of the results on his first solo album. Take the synapse-frying "Mr. Completely," which jumps, jives, and swings madly even as a full orchestra does its best to create a classic Stork Club vibe. Similarly, "Alive Again," the disc's most summery number, wafts in like a Caribbean breeze, cool but infused with unmistakable spice. For much of the disc, Anastasio employs a percussion-heavy big band, as well as members of the Giant Country Horns (who toured with Phish in the early '90s). Rather than bloat the proceedings, the grouping adds to the house-party vibe, as on the Memphis-sounding "Money, Love and Change" and "Last Tube," a 13-minute series of zigs and zags that calls to mind the artiest moments of Anastasio's old band. Beyond that, Anastasio has carefully removed much of the Phish aura from his grooves, though fans needn't fear that he's shelved his inquisitive spirit. Trey the explorer hasn't dropped anchor, and he's not likely to stop his fantastic voyage anytime soon.
Performance CreditsTrey Anastasio Primary Artist
Sharon Bryant Vocals
Lisa Fischer Vocals
Cyro Baptista Percussion
Dana Colley Saxophone
Dave Grippo Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Mike Hopkins Double Bass
Curtis Rance King Vocals
Tony Markellis Bass,Vocals
Nicholas Payton Trumpet
Peter Wilson Timpani
David Gusakov Violin
Ray Paczkowski Keyboards
Jennifer Hartswick Trumpet,Vocals
Russ Lawton Drums,Vocals
Russell Remington Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Andy Moroz Trombone
Rob Volo Trombone
Shelagh Abate French Horn
Troy Peters Conductor
Jocelyn Crawford French Horn
John Dunlop Cello
Ann Greenawalt English Horn,Oboe
Karen Kevra Flute
Steve Klimowski Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Laura Markowitz Violin
Craig Olzenak Bass Clarinet
Ana Ruesink Viola
Tom Toner Marimbas
Margaret Phillips Bassoon
Technical CreditsTrey Anastasio Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Bryce Goggin Producer
Danny Kadar Engineer
Gregory Burke Art Direction
Todd Vos Engineer
Paul Languedoc Engineer
Troy Peters Orchestral Arrangements
Bryce Gogglin Producer
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Trey Anastasio based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
I, like so many others, have been waiting for a Phish return, but as good as this album is, I think it hurts chances of a reunion. Trey has shown that he can make amazing music without the benfit of Phish. Listening to this album, only one or two songs would be comfortable in a Phish set and I think that Trey may be solo for awhile. The Latin rhythms and horns are excellent and the muted guitar solos show that Trey is truly interested in the big picture when it comes to music. A hint of Santana, a bit of big band, and funk blues all are hilighted on this album. Pick it up ASAP!!
I'm a pretty big phish fan, having seen them about 20 times back in the mid-90's and I'm very familiar with all of their studio work. I truly think this album tops all of their studio albums. It's quite an ambitious, eclectic album. . .but I wouldn't expect anything less from Trey. The arrangements are great. . .and the playing is beautiful. There's a little bit of everything. . .some funk, straight rock, reggae, some latin flavor, some great acoustic guitar. . .just about everything works pretty well. What impressed me most though, was the vocals: both Trey and his ''girls''. Soulful. . .yes, thats right, Trey's vocals are soulful. Don't believe me? give ''money, love & change'' a listen. Great stuff. . .I've been listening to this one a lot and playing it for anyone who'll listen.
Trey Anastasio is a mechanical beast of mythic proportions. He is the god of horns and the guitarist of the hour. The lyrics on the album are some of the most beautiful I've heard. Gotta love the guitar.
This album is really good- better than Phish. I like the trumpets, piano, etc. For the most part it's really energizing and rad! I only gave it 4 stars because I think a couple tracks are kind of weak- the ones in which Trey's voice is the focus of the song.
I really enjoy this studio effort from Trey. This is a very nicely produced album from what can be considered a LIVE band. The album does the band a fair amount of justice. I am looking forward to seeing Trey live this summer. I was only slightly disappointed that some of the other songs did not make onto the album. All of the songs are very well done. I really love this album. But I have no plans to get rid of my live stuff anytime soon. I would also love to see Trey and the band do their version of ''First Tube'' and maybe add the orchestra to the mix.
I was very excited about this cd release. I saw several of Trey Anastasio Band's concerts last year and liked the music more and more with each concert. It is difficult to compare the live with the studio because I feel that there is a difference. The songs recorded on this cd are very tight and precise and bring about a crispness that makes you want to listen to each song more. There is a distinctive difference in Trey's vocals on the cd compared to seeing him live, but it is a nice touch. Trey has brought together a group of musicians that all have their own style, but yet can blend together to make great tunes. I recommend this cd highly for those Phish Phans and for those interested in a brilliance in methodoligy of music.
To tell the truth, I'm not familiar with a lot of Phish records but I thought I'd give Trey's a listen and now it's all I'm listening to. I'm a guitarist that's very big into ol' school funk (Tower of Power, Graham Central Station,etc,) and if you're a fan of that there are definitely some tracks on here that you'll love - but there's a lot more to it than that. The album is just very creative and adventurous (and isn't that a nice change from a lot of what's out there today!) mixing in bits of straight ahead jammin', classical, and melodic hooks that just seem to stick in your head. I've never written a review on line before but I had to for this cd...trust me,if you like albums that actually focus on the music and not just how marketable or trendy they are, you'll love this one. Great work, Trey...I'm working on a cd now and I only hope it can turn out half as satisfying as this.
A buddy happened upon the first 7 tracks (studio quality), and i'm giddy with anticipation. There's a fluidity that seems to have years behind it. VERY full sounding. He's amazing. After this, it'll be hard to tag him as a ''jam band front man''. He's proving himself as a force that won't be contained to one genre.
For hardcore Phish fans such as myself, the current hiatus taken by the band has left a void yet to be filled by the variety of artists currently occupying today's musical landscape. Although I have been waiting for this release with great anticipation, I must say that I was weary, as several of Trey's previous non-Phish efforts (Surrender to the Air, One Man's Trash) were more conglomerations of random sounds to me than true musical compositions... Needless to say I was more than pleasantly surprised by the melodies contained on Trey's self-titled debut. While not the improvisational masterpieces that Phish has come to be known for (based, in large part, on their earlier work), this collection of tracks contains some very tight, rock/funk inspired tunes that reflect the influences of some of Phish's later live grooves. With this album, Trey has taken a decidedly maturistic approach to music-making, while developing tunes that are not only pleasant to the ear, but will have any Phish phan bobbing their heads along to the beat. To be sure, I found myself wondering if Page, Mike and Fish are wondering why many of these compositions weren't saved for their next studio effort. Additionally, the musicians enlisted to support Trey on this album should also be commended for their mastery of their respective instruments (and vocal talents as well). Bottom line: I could not have asked for a better solo album from the man responsible for creating some of the greatest music I have come to enjoy during my years on the planet. Take heart Phish-heads -- the void has been filled by this record!
TREY ROCKS HE IS THE MAN!!! GREAT ALBUM>>>GREAT NEW SOUND>>> WE MISS PHISH BUT THIS WILL HAVE TO DO FOR NOW>>>SEE YOU AT BONNAROO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Come on Y'all this is a great album... If you got it online early don't be cheap.. GET OUT THERE AND SUPPORT TREY!!!!!!!!