Since announcing the release of Cluster Flies last week, JamBasehas been rolling out new tracks from the Phish Farmhouse tribute album on a daily basis. On Friday, the fellow jam-centric publication released an expansive cover of “Piper” by Chris Forsyth.
In this take on the Farmhouse track, Forsyth is able to stretch his legs wide as the song opens up into an 18-minute improvisational vehicle. By far the longest track found on Cluster Flies—it takes up an entire side on the vinyl release—the guitarist’s take on the Phish classic utilizes the fan-favorite slow build strategy found on many of the best live renditions of “Piper”.
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Found alongside Forsyth are Brent Cordero (farfisa, four-handed piano), Ryan Jewell (drums, percussion, four-handed piano), Peter Kerlin (bass guitar), and Jeff Zeiger (background vocals). During a recent appearance on The JamBase Podcast, Forsyth revealed that tracking his cover of “Piper” was the first time he had performed with other musicians since the pandemic began.
Watch Chris Forsyth’s delivery of a mammoth “Piper”, filmed by Greenhouse Media. Cluster Flies is out digitally on April 30th, with vinyl orders expected to ship by “late 2021.” Click here to pre-order and scroll down to hear Chris Forsyth talk about his cover on The JamBase Podcast.
Chris Forsyth – “Piper” (Phish)
Cluster Flies: Chris Forsyth – “Piper”