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Ernest Joseph Anastasio III, 30 September 1964, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Anastasio is widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists to emerge from the American rock scene in the latter part of the twenty-first century. He is best known for his work with the highly successful US jam band Phish, for which he was both the guitarist and the main songwriter.
Anastasio was already recording with Phish by the time he graduated from the free school Goddard College in 1988. During this period he struck up an important association with composer Ernie Stires, working with the older man on composition and arranging. Anastasios charts were central to Phishs early work, but their impact lessened as the band began to evolve into a highly efficient improvisational unit. Anastasio was able to give free rein to his more avant garde urges on 1996s Surrender To The Air, an experimental recording that leant heavily towards free jazz...