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Marco Benevento: TigerFace

Read "TigerFace" reviewed by Chris May

When a renegade instrumentalist such as keyboardist/sonic adventurer Marco Benevento records an album with a relatively big budget, and with the shock-horror addition of a vocalist, it can be bad news for the core audience. Bye bye bohemia, hello mainstream. TigerFace was tracked, not at Benevento's usual Brooklyn location, but at Los Angeles' EastWest studio, where the Beach Boys recorded its 1966 sonic masterpiece Pet Sounds, a studio which does not come cheap; and it features, on two tracks, Kalmia ...

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Marco Benevento & Friends: Live in NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency

Read "Marco Benevento & Friends: Live in NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency" reviewed by Doug Collette

Marco Benevento & Friends Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency The Royal Potato Family 2009

Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency makes an ideal companion piece to the other high point of Marco Benevento's solo career so far, Live At Tonic (Ropeadope, 2007) and it features a similar cast of characters, all of whom contribute to bringing out the best in the keyboardist.

It isn't to slight Marco Benevento ...

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Marco Benevento: Me Not Me

Read "Me Not Me" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It comes as no surprise that pop and jazz performers would attempt to reconcile their relationship. After the honeymoon period that was Tin Pan Alley, marriage wrecker hard bop, followed by the extra-marital affair with free jazz, ended things quite poorly. The children survived and played fusion, but the marriage was over. Certainly the reunion, perhaps reconciliation of the two, has been a long time coming. Not that Brad Mehldau, The Bad Plus and Sexmob haven't mined a bit of ...

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Marco Benevento: Me Not Me

Read "Me Not Me" reviewed by Chris May

It's hard, even one year and countless spins on, to listen to keyboard player Marco Benevento's gimcrack riot of sound “The Real Morning Party" without breaking into a huge grin, if not out-loud laughter. The track, from the Benevento trio's debut album, Invisible Baby (Hyena, 2008), explodes with an irresistible love of life. The group's follow-up, Me Not Me, continues in the same abandoned and colorific vein as its predecessor. Some of the tracks are ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Marco Benevento: Invisible Baby & Live at Tonic

Read "Marco Benevento: Invisible Baby & Live at Tonic" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

Marco Benevento Invisble Baby Hyena 2007 Marco Benevento Live at Tonic Ropeadope 2007

Armed with an arsenal including a grand piano and a myriad of vintage synthesizers (not to mention just plain old children's toys), keyboard virtuoso Marco Benevento emerged in the last few years as one of the shining stars ...

INTERVIEWS

Marco Benevento: A New Form of Fusion

Read "Marco Benevento: A New Form of Fusion" reviewed by James Taylor

With his work has one-half of the Benevento-Russo Duo, Marco Benevento has helped fuse elements of indie rock, improv jazz and jam band aesthetic, exciting nationwide audiences in clean concert halls, smoky bars, and muddy, open-air festivals like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Benevento is a student of the piano, trained at Berklee School of Music, but he seems most comfortable when surrounded on all sides by a collage of black and white keys, assorted buttons and knobs, trigger pads, ...

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Marco Benevento: Invisible Baby

Read "Invisible Baby" reviewed by Doug Collette

Marco Benevento's often intoxicating Invisible Baby has wide appeal for fans of the keyboardist/composer's work with Joe Russo in The Duo as well as those unfamiliar with his previous solo work. It may even beckon the hard-core jazz fan who's open to suggestion without preconception.

Based on his Live at Tonic triple set last year, it might be fair to assume Benevento would delve deeply either into a traditional jazz trio format or something on the more arcane and abstract ...

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Marco Benevento: Invisible Baby

Read "Invisible Baby" reviewed by Chris May

If you thought keyboardist Marco Benevento and drummer Joe Russo's duo made some noise, you ain't heard nothing yet. If Best Reason To Buy The Sun (Ropeadope, 2005) offended you, step away from the speakers. Benevento was only warming up.

When Benevento arrived in New York in 2001, he studied piano with Joanne Brackeen and Brad Mehldau and Invisible Baby is the piano trio album he says he's always wanted to make. But don't be fooled. ...


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