Marco Benevento: “Between the Needle and Nightfall”

It’s probably fair to say that the seeds of complacency have been there from the very beginning for Marco Benevento. Well, maybe not the very beginning. His debut recording as a solo artist, the triple-disc Live at Tonic, was primarily a rousing, rollicking showcase for his on-stage skills as an improviser, his natural knack for composition, and his astonishing way with a piano. From there, he headed to the studio, a truckload of gizmos and gadgets in tow; the resulting LP, Invisible Baby, was a delirious delight, Benevento sounding both like a mad scientist and a child at play. Yes, he loved his electronics, but on that album the toys seemed new to him, his use of them streaked with mischief — and always in service of the songs.

Read the rest at Stereo Subversion.


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