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Marco Benevento

For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive body of work. His studio albums and live performances set forth a vision that connects the dots in the vast space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell, pulsating with dance rock energy, but with smart, earthy songwriting to match. It has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Pickathon, Mountain Jam to Treefort Festival, while headlining shows coast to coast. Marco Benevento’s latest studio LP, 'The Story of Fred Short,' and its companion live release, 'The Woodstock Sessions,' is some of his finest and most adventurous work to date—a maestro making "bold indie rock" says Brooklyn Vegan, while the LA Times raves, “Benevento continues to straighten his twisted sound into the guise of an indie-rock singer-songwriter, harnessing his inventive sonic palette into rewardingly bite-size pop songs that touch on disco and soul." Honing his psych rock and late night dance party sensibilities, the recordings find the pianist citing everything from Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration. Anybody who's seen Marco Benevento perform will attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, he's a satellite to the muse

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Richard X Bennett: RXB3

Read "RXB3" reviewed by Chris May


Brooklyn-based pianist Richard X Bennett is kind of the love child of Ramsey Lewis and Norah Jones with a head stuffed full of mescaline. He has Lewis' two-fisted poppy funkiness down and Jones' gift for a melodic hook, too. The combination is enriched, one speculates, by extensive first-hand knowledge of hallucinogens. Bennett, who is by his ...

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Garage A Trois: Calm Down Cologne

Read "Calm Down Cologne" reviewed by Chris May


Formed by guitarist Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Skerik and drummer Stanton Moore in 1999, Garage A Trois has sparked a slew of “But is it jazz?" debates with every new release. Calm Down Cologne will do it again. GAT has been through various incarnations since its debut EP, The Mysteryfunk (Fog City Records, 1999), necessitated ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Allison Miller: Driving the Balance

Read "Allison Miller: Driving the Balance" reviewed by John Pietaro


Allison Miller sits at the vintage Camco drumkit in her Brooklyn home, playing post-bop over a rolling samba. Within the shimmer of an age-darkened cymbal, she switches from sticks to brushes, filling the room with the shush of summer rain, then a sudden hailstorm as her arms, aerial, traverse snare, tom-toms and cymbals in a blurring, ...

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Mike Dillon: Band of Outsiders

Read "Band of Outsiders" reviewed by Dave Wayne


There are so many different ways to rebel in life, and Mike Dillon has done them all. Or so it seems, if the music on Band of Outsiders is any indication. Dillon is that rare musician who can take tropes from any number of disparate musical worlds-metal and Brazilian samba school for example-mash them together and ...

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Stanton Moore Goes Indie

Read "Stanton Moore Goes Indie" reviewed by Gabriel Medina Arenas


Drummer Stanton Moore is one of the prodigal sons of jny: New Orleans. His fans know him well from projects like Galactic, Garage a Trois and Dragon Smoke, which prodigiously fuse rock, jazz and funk. Moore, whose musical career spans nearly 25 years, is also an educator and has released several instructional books and ...

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Tigerface

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Released: 2013
Track listing: 01. Limbs of a Pine; 02. This Is How It Goes; 03. Fireworks; 04. Going West; 05. Eagle Rock; 06. Soma; 07. Do What She Told You; 08. Escape Horse; 09. Basilicata; 10. This Is How It Goes (instrumental).

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Brian Haas / Matt Chamberlain: Frames

Read "Frames" reviewed by Chris May


It is not often an album confounds expectations to the degree that Frames does. And confounds them not just once but twice. The first expectation arises from the players' histories. Brian Haas is best known for his work with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the spectacularly trans-genre band which the pianist co-founded twenty years ago. ...

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Meet Chris May

Read "Meet Chris May" reviewed by AAJ Staff


I currently live in: LondonI joined All About Jazz in: 2004What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? Enthusiasm for the the music.How do you contribute to All About Jazz? As a Senior Editor, I edit. I also write for the site.What is your musical background? ...

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Marco Benevento: Tigerface

Read "Tigerface" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Mettete insieme suoni da batteria sintetica e videogame, melodie trasognanti, aggiungete una solida dose di pop e il risultato si avvicinerà a Tigerface, l'ultimo album di Marco Benevento, tastierista trantacinquenne stabilitosi a Brooklyn e originario del New Jersey, innamorato di tutto ciò che una tastiera bianca e nera può offrire, purché effettata. Hammond e Wurlitzer sono ...


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