Marco Benevento – Invisible Baby – Hyena Records

by | Jan 11, 2008 | Jazz CD Reviews | 0 comments

Marco Benevento – Invisible Baby – Hyena Records HYN 9364, 41:48 **** [Distr. by Music Force Media]:

(Marco Benevento – piano/Mellotron/circuit bent toys/keyboards; Reed Mathis – doublebass; Matt Chamberlain or Andrew Barr – drums)

I first thought this was just yet another jazz piano trio CD. I was wrong.  It’s a very creative electronics-oriented album with some but not all jazz chops. All eight tracks are originals by Benevento and he was also the producer of the album. There’s a good deal of variety amongst the tracks, and I never got the feeling Benevento was just playing around with weird sounds – each tune seems to have a form and function on its own. Always liked the sound of the Mellotron with the Moody Blues, and here it is again. I especially liked The Real Morning Party, which reminded me of The Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Record Book starts off with a scratchy LP sound and then uses a clunk each rotation as the rhythmic element in the track. If You Keep On Asking Me begins with a backwards tape, then to a rhythm section ostinato over which is heard the electronically-modified piano.

TrackList: Bus Ride, Atari, The Real Morning Party, You Must Be a Lion, If You Keep Asking Me, Ruby, Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?

 – John Henry

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