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Marco Benevento 

Wednesday, Oct 28 2009

Keyboardist Marco Benevento comes on like a postmodern Vince Guaraldi on Me Not Me, a concept CD of 70 percent covers (Led Zeppelin, Deerhoof) done up to sound both familiar and utterly original. Like Guaraldi, the jazz composer of Peanuts soundtrack fame, Benevento approaches musicmaking with an ear for memorable melodies that ultimately set a mood. He creates an animated, hallucinatory ambience with electronic manipulations, chill drum-machine beats, and avant-garde "prepared" techniques like placing cardboard in the piano strings.

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