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TigerFace

Marco Benevento

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Album Review

Pianist, composer, and arranger Marco Benevento's solo recordings have generally been categorized as jazz — though they are many other things as well. Benevento possesses the technical acumen of a jazz master: impeccable technique, a seemingly limitless improvisational vocabulary, a rich harmonic language, an original (loopy) sense of swing, and imaginative arranging skills. But he has also embraced funk, rock, avant-classical, blues, and more, with eager curiosity and mischievous glee. TigerFace began life at the historic EastWest Studios with producer Tom Biller (where Pet Sounds was recorded) and finished in Brooklyn with Bryce Goggin. For all its manic sonic and musical adventure, this is Benevento's "pop" record. The set's opening two tracks contain the first vocals to appear on any of his albums. Rubblebucket's Kalmia Traver's bright, supple, wistful, voice adorns "Limbs of a Pine" and "This Is How It Goes." Both are rampant with skillfully written indie pop hooks. On the former, Benevento creates a 21st century version of the Tom Tom Club's aesthetic, with angular cheerful dance music swirling around numerous keyboards with an old drum machine, Stuart Bogie's saxophone, and Matt Chamberlain's big tom-toms rolling over it all. The repetitive chorus is infectious. The latter song (with Nick Kinsey on drums) is less funky, more indie; it alternates between harpsichord-driven Baroque and shimmering, blissful pop. Throughout, Benevento fills spaces with his array of keyboards, a slithering bassline, and loops. "Eagle Rock" is a midtempo ballad that becomes something more transcendent with two different melodies approaching each other in the middle. It touches on Brian Wilson's harmonic terrain with a lovely backing chorus. "Do What She Told You" walks the line between post-bop jazz and fuzzed-out rocking blues — dig Dave Dreiwitz's distorted bassline. "Escape Horse" is a straight-on rocker with tough, upfront blues and jazz piano flourishes amid the washes of bass and snare breaks. The closing version of "This Is How It Goes" is a dreamy instrumental that works even better than its predecessor. The singing is all in the piano and is expanded by the intricate communication between arrangements, players, and production textures. These cuts have melodies that are focused and reined in — none hit six minutes. But the layering of instruments, musical genres, and harmonics is as adventurous as it is accessible. TigerFace is an enormous, fun-filled surprise. It fills out his profile beyond the sphere of jam band and jazz genres and reveals the range of Benevento's caliber and ambition. ~ Thom Jurek., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Thumbs Up!!

Not to shabby Marco... Not to shabby at all!!
Can't wait to see it all live!

Fantastic

Thom Jurek's review above nails it. Marco's music can be exceptionally contemplative or exceptionally lighthearted depending on how it is approached by the listener. The music is at once high- and low- brow in a way that serves to dissolve the invisible boundary between the two. TigerFace is an excellent addition to his body of work.

Horizon Music

Marco Benevento's music continues to astound on TigerFace. Much is being made about the two vocal tracks (the first of Benevento's career) and for good reason. Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket lends her voice to the album opener "Limbs of a Pine," a celebratory, dance rock rave-up. She also joins in the next song "This Is How It Goes," a pastoral, electro psych daydream. From here, TigerFace settles into the unparalleled instrumental compositions that Benevento has defined himself with over his previous three studio recordings. "Fireworks" is lilting and whimsical and playful and, well, BRILLIANT. "Going West"---Black Keys-tuff, garage rock psychedelia. "Eagle Rock" is perhaps TigerFace's centerpiece: an epic, superbly arranged, meticulously crafted, yes-wave anthem, complete with strings, flourishes of epic piano and a soaring chorus refrain. "Soma," with John McEntire of Tortoise and The Sea and Cake on drums, is as good as Benevento gets--a jagged, dreamy, vapor-drenched piece of post rock that reveals itself in new ways with each repeated listen. "Do What She Told You" is dirge-like modern blues; the album's one and only showcase for Benevento's New Orleans barrelhouse, let it rip, acoustic piano chops. "Escape Horse" is full-steam-ahead riff rock with a sweet jazzed-out breakdown at 2:44. "Basilicata" is the sleeper here-a hushed and delicate performance with an unassuming melody that slowly builds into a whirlwind of inspired, spiraling piano improvisation. The instrumental version of "This Is How It Goes" is the set closer. Every bit as gorgeous without vocals, Benevento's tweaked-out acoustic piano sings atop a terse, knotty rhythm track and a spiky synth loop. It sends off TigerFace with a sweet refrain that vibrates optimism, joy and promise for what lies ahead on the horizon.

Biography

Born: July 22, 1977 in Livingstone, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Marco Benevento is a keyboardist whose jazz-rooted work has expanded to include indie rock, jam band, and post-rock/experimental influences. Born in 1977 and raised in the northern New Jersey town of Livingston, Benevento studied piano and befriended an aspiring drummer named Joe Russo in a junior-high detention hall. After high school, while Russo migrated westward to Boulder, Colorado, and fell into the hippie jam band scene there, the more jazz-inclined Benevento moved to Boston to attend the...
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