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Benevento/Russo Duo

On the heels of their resounding ropeadope debut, “Best Reason to Buy the Sun,” the Benevento/Russo Duo continue to astound audiences and critics alike with their stellar interplay, defining hooks and immense sound. Marco Benevento (keys) and Joe Russo (drums) continue to defy expectations and categorization. The Duo hit the road in March of 2005 in support of BRTBTS and haven’t rested since. Upon returning from a short promotional tour in Japan, they have been ubiquitous on the touring circuit, launching their new album at a capacity crowd showcase at South by Southwest and then continuing through the summer with slots on the Sasquatch Music Festival and Bonnaroo, to name a few

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News: Performance / Tour

Benevento/Russo Duo Special Outdoor Performance

Benevento/Russo Duo Special Outdoor Performance

Just wanted to spread the good word: The Benevento/Russo Duo, are coming to our very own 'hood! The venue, called The Yard, is a beautiful little spot parked on the border of Carroll Gardens and Park Slope: The Gowanus Canal. As you can see from the photos, The Yard is a delightful/bizarre mix of industrial and ...

Album

Benevento/Russo Duo: Play Pause Stop

Label: Butter Problems
Released: 2006
Track listing: Play Pause Stop; Echo Park; Soba; Best Reason to Buy the Sun; Powder; Something for Rockets ; Walking, Running, Viking; Hate Frame; Memphis.

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Article: Interview

Benevento/Russo Duo: Hero Rock, Mind-Reading and Constant Movement

Read "Benevento/Russo Duo: Hero Rock, Mind-Reading and Constant Movement" reviewed by Paul Olson


Could a band without a vocalist be the best rock band in America?Keyboardist Marco Benevento and drummer Joe Russo formed the Benevento/Russo Duo in 2002 in response to Russo being offered a Thursday night residency at the Knitting Factory, New York's still-iconic Downtown improv club. Although the two New-Jersey-raised players were still each well ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Benevento/Russo Duo: Play Pause Stop

Read "Benevento/Russo Duo: Play Pause Stop" reviewed by Doug Collette


Benevento/Russo Duo Play Pause Stop Butter Problems/Reincarnate Music 2006 This new album from Marco Benevento and Joe Russo is less an innovation--for the Duo or for jazz at large--than an extension and refinement of what's preceded it. The keyboards and drums team succeed in capturing in a studio ...

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Article: Live Review

The Benevento/Russo Duo Live: What A Difference A Year Makes

Read "The Benevento/Russo Duo Live: What A Difference A Year Makes" reviewed by Doug Collette


The Benevento/Russo Duo Higher Ground South Burlington, Vermont April 8, 2006 It was exactly a year ago April 6th that Marco Benevento and Joe Russo appeared at Higher Ground in South Burlington to effectively celebrate the release of their breakthrough album, Best Reason to Buy the Sun (Ropeadope, 2005). ...

Album

Best Reason to Buy the Sun

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2005
Track listing: Becky; Welcome Red; Sunny's Song; Vortex; 9x9; Scratchitti; The Three Question Marks; Bronko's Blues; My Pet Goat.

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Article: Live Review

The Autumn of Their Year: The Benevento/Russo Duo Live

Read "The Autumn of Their Year: The Benevento/Russo Duo Live" reviewed by Doug Collette


Ya gotta love The Duo! Marco Benevento and Joe Russo obviously relish taking the stage and playing with each other for any audience that will come to see them. This early fall/late summer show, billed as a “Back to School concert was the largest audience the Duo have gotten at HG, and the late night finish, ...

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Article: Album Review

Benevento/Russo Duo: Best Reason to Buy the Sun

Read "Best Reason to Buy the Sun" reviewed by Doug Collette


With their Ropeadope debut Marco Benevento and Joe Russo deliver a resounding sucker punch to listeners old and new alike. By bunching staples from live shows at the beginning of Best Reason to Buy the Sun (perhaps alienating confirmed aficionados), the Duo then heads into realms decidedly different along more conventional jazz lines. “Becky" and “Vortex ...

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Article: Album Review

Benevento/Russo Duo: Best Reason to Buy the Sun

Read "Best Reason to Buy the Sun" reviewed by AAJ Staff


For two guys, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo make a lot of noise. They do this quite often--at home, on the road, whatever--nearly constantly for three years, ever since Russo signed on for a hundred dollars a week at the Knitting Factory back in 2002. Since then the twentysomething keys/drums duo has earned some notoriety in ...


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