Marco Benevento’s April 2015 recording Live at Signal Kitchen, manifests the essence of his techno piano jam band sound at its pinnacle. Accompanied by bassist Dave Dreiwitz and drummer Andy Borger, the sold out performance covered work from Benevento’s most recent album Swift, and several of his previous albums including TigerFace, Between the Needles and Nightfall, and Invisible Baby.
Many of the songs possess a shallow, echoed sound, making it a good album to play if you’re in need of some background noise and aren’t concerned about clearly distinguishing between tracks. The synthesizer effects and piano glissandos on “Fireworks” are reminiscent of a circus fun house, showing off Benevento’s more playful side. There are satisfying head bang worthy moments during “Bus Ride” where heavier drums bring out a more solid rock vibe to the album. The performance closes out with a fast-paced, piano-driven cover of the David Bowie version of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” that might just make your head spin.
Key Tracks: Fireworks, Bus Ride