At the outset of 2008, Marco Benevento set up shop at New York City s Greenwich Village music space, Sullivan Hall, for a month-long residency. Calling it home for five Thursday nights in January, Benevento invited a who s who in modern jazz and improvisational rock music to perform with him each week in various configurations. Each night he d lead his musical co-conspirators through two sets of consistently breathtaking improvisations. Whether it was the Bitches Brew-esque sonic explorations of the Benevento-Steven Bernstein-Bobby Previte-DJ Olive collaboration, or the glorious post rock ferocity of Benevento-Brad Barr-Joe Russo, or Benevento s own trio with Reed Mathis and Andrew Barr celebrating the release of their debut album Invisible Baby, each performance took on a life completely its own. As the sold out crowds from week to week will attest, these shows were the stuff of legend.
Thankfully, all five nights were shot on high definition video along with multi-track recordings that are now set for a DVD release entitled Marco Benevento (& Friends): Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency. While it s Marco Benevento s name at the top of the billing, what the film portrays is a scene of fearless artists making some of the most vital music of their time.
Featuring Marco Benevento, Andrew Barr, Billy Martin, Bobby Previte, Brad Barr, DJ Olive, G. Calvin Weston, Reed Mathis, Joe Russo, John Ellis, Kaki King, Marc Friedman, Skerik, Stanton Moore and Steven Bernstein
Note : Directed by Karina Mackenzie Presented by The Royal Potato Family and Shine A Light Productions