Benevento/Russo Duo – ‘Play Pause Stop’

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Play Pause Stop
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I’ve been samplin’ the latest album from the Benevento/Russo Duo over the past couple days and I’ve been wholeheartedly impressed, tranced, amazed, stupified, etc.

For those of you who don’t know who Marco Benevento and Joe Russo are, they’re The Duo. They’re currently serving as a back-up band of sorts for Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon’s summer tour (even though they’re certainly not in the background) — affectionately known by fans as GRAB (Gordon, Russo, Anastasio, Benevento) . They’ve wowed audiences over the past few years with their sheer power — both guys easily sound as if they’ve got two extra hands at work — and they continue to prove that they’ve a lot bigger than just two dudes. They play spaced-out jazz rock that is a lot harder to classify and describe than simply calling it “spaced-out jazz rock.”

With that said, this new album is the same ‘ol Duo that many of us have really grown to love over the past year or so. I’ve seen a lot of these songs road-tested already — tons of the shows on the Archive have a few of the tracks off the disc — and they sound just as good live (if not better). These guys are the real deal and I really hope they continue doing what they’re doing.

Go out and buy a copy of this album, and make sure you share these tracks below to turn other people onto the band. These guys need dough to buy more weird-noise toys (even though I wouldn’t normally encourage this).

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  • Damon Effingham

    I saw GRAB in holmdel, and let me just say… The Duo was just kind of a background band for Trey. My friends and I left early, after Trey song after Trey song. What a crap tour that is.

    That being said, the Duo rock and I can’t wait to get the album, and see them on the Rocks off Cruise when they do that in NYC later this summer.

  • Damon Effingham

    I saw GRAB in holmdel, and let me just say… The Duo was just kind of a background band for Trey. My friends and I left early, after Trey song after Trey song. What a crap tour that is.

    That being said, the Duo rock and I can’t wait to get the album, and see them on the Rocks off Cruise when they do that in NYC later this summer.

  • stuart s

    Memphis is a great “put the album and me to bed’ song

    That said, i still favor best reason to buy the son currently,
    but i know this album will grow on me with repeat listenings

  • stuart s

    Memphis is a great “put the album and me to bed’ song

    That said, i still favor best reason to buy the son currently,
    but i know this album will grow on me with repeat listenings

  • Richman

    I saw the camden and holmdel segment of that tour, and Camden was definately the better night. Phil & Friends are a much better closing act; they just have more of an understanding of their sound and of their individual roles within the group. P&F;’s setlist was way more varied, w/ a good balance of classics and surprises. The Grab sets were both similar, not what I’d expect from those guys, esp.as the main act.
    download the P&F;’s set2 from 6/30/06 at tweeter center.
    terrapin to St. stephen gave me chills. Setlist:
    China Cat
    Golden Road
    Bird Song
    Bartering Lines
    All Along The Watchtower*

    Jam
    Lady With A Fan
    Terrapin Station
    Jam
    St. Stephen
    The Eleven

    Rosemary>
    #Desire>
    Rosemary
    Fire on the Mountain
    I Know You Rider
    Donor Rap/Intros
    Box oF Rain

    7/1/06 holmdel setlist:
    1. Jam > Truckin
    2. Cumberland Blues *
    3. Big River *
    4. Stagger Lee
    5. Sugaree
    Set 2
    1. Playing in the Band
    2. Eyes of the World
    3. Magnolia Mountain
    4. Lovelight
    5. Help on the Way
    6. Slipknot
    7. Franklin’s Tower #
    8. donor rap, intros
    9. Goin Down the Road Feeling Bad #

    * w/ Mike Gordon on banjo
    # w/ Trey Anastasio

  • Richman

    I saw the camden and holmdel segment of that tour, and Camden was definately the better night. Phil & Friends are a much better closing act; they just have more of an understanding of their sound and of their individual roles within the group. P&F’s setlist was way more varied, w/ a good balance of classics and surprises. The Grab sets were both similar, not what I’d expect from those guys, esp.as the main act.
    download the P&F’s set2 from 6/30/06 at tweeter center.
    terrapin to St. stephen gave me chills. Setlist:
    China Cat
    Golden Road
    Bird Song
    Bartering Lines
    All Along The Watchtower*

    Jam
    Lady With A Fan
    Terrapin Station
    Jam
    St. Stephen
    The Eleven

    Rosemary>
    #Desire>
    Rosemary
    Fire on the Mountain
    I Know You Rider
    Donor Rap/Intros
    Box oF Rain

    7/1/06 holmdel setlist:
    1. Jam > Truckin
    2. Cumberland Blues *
    3. Big River *
    4. Stagger Lee
    5. Sugaree
    Set 2
    1. Playing in the Band
    2. Eyes of the World
    3. Magnolia Mountain
    4. Lovelight
    5. Help on the Way
    6. Slipknot
    7. Franklin’s Tower #
    8. donor rap, intros
    9. Goin Down the Road Feeling Bad #

    * w/ Mike Gordon on banjo
    # w/ Trey Anastasio