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Marco Benevento Trio
Marco Benevento initially garnered national attention playing Hammond B-3 organ and Wurlitzer in The Benevento-Russo Duo, but he shifts the focus to acoustic piano with his own trio. Throughout Me Not Me, he proves himself one of the most compelling sonic innovators of his generation, re-imagining the instrument by running it through pickups, delay and distortion pedals and a Fender Super Reverb Amp.
He shapes and shifts the aural depth of the recording by adding layers of Ace Tone drum machines, Farfisa, Optigan, Mellotron, tack piano and other unconventional keyboards, while using circuit bent toys to further develop the emotional character of the songs. In Leonard Cohen's "Seems So Long Ago Nancy," one can see and hear the warm glow of analog color. With a sharp ear for dynamic contrast, direct acoustic piano readings of George Harrison's "Run Of The Mill" and Beck's "Sing It Again" set themselves apart through the pure sound of hammer hitting string.
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