TigerFace

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Pianist, composer, and arranger Marco Benevento's solo recordings have generally been categorized as jazz -- though they are many other things as well. Benevento himself 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 fun, rock, avant-classical, blues, and more, with eager curiosity and a 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Pianist, composer, and arranger Marco Benevento's solo recordings have generally been categorized as jazz -- though they are many other things as well. Benevento himself 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 fun, rock, avant-classical, blues, and more, with eager curiosity and a 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 supple, wistful, bright 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 via numerous keyboards with an old drum machine, Stuart Bogie's saxophone, and Matt Chamberlain's big tom-toms rolling all over it all. The repetitive chorus is utterly infectious. The latter (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 one another 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. 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. "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. TigerFace is an enormous, fun-filled surprise -- though perhaps it shouldn't be given Benevento's caliber and ambition. Hopefully it will elevate his profile beyond the sphere of jam band enthusiasts and jazz aficionados, though they should enjoy it as well. ~ Thom Jurek.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Royal Potato
  • UPC: 020286211327
  • Catalog Number: 1126
  • Sales rank: 212,160

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Limbs of A Pine (3:46)
  2. 2 This Is How It Goes (3:42)
  3. 3 Fireworks (4:28)
  4. 4 Going West (3:55)
  5. 5 Eagle Rock (5:27)
  6. 6 Soma (3:58)
  7. 7 Do What She Told You (5:25)
  8. 8 Escape Horse (3:58)
  9. 9 Basilicata (4:12)
  10. 10 This Is How It Goes (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marco Benevento Primary Artist, Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Mellotron, farfisa organ, Stylophone, Clavioline, Optigan, Tack Piano, Mini Moog
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Dave Dreiwitz Bass
John McEntire Drums
Mike Gordon Bass, Mandolin
Stuart Bogie Saxophone, Background Vocals
Andrew Barr Drums
Rich Stein Percussion
Tom Biller Background Vocals
Ali Helnwein Violin
Jim Schwartz Background Vocals
Reed Mathis Bass, Vocals
Nick Kinsey Drums
Kalmia Traver Flute, Saxophone, Vocals
Athena Biller Background Vocals
Katie Benevento Background Vocals
Darla Scarpella Background Vocals
Michael Bodet Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bryce Goggin Engineer
David Poe Booking
Chris Bittner Engineer
Kevin Calabro Management
Marco Benevento Composer
Tom Biller Engineer
Josh Bonati Mastering
Adam Sachs Engineer
Seth Rappaport Booking
Baptiste Ibar Artwork
Jay Wesley Engineer
Annakalmia Traver Composer
Cochrane McMillan Engineer
Dave O'Dell Engineer
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