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


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.

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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.


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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