Marco Benevento: Friends
Marco Benevento (piano, keyboards)
Me Not Me (Royal Potato Family Records)
Marco Benevento (piano, keyboards),
Reed Mathis (bass), Matt Chamberlain, Andrew Barr (drums).
Composed by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant.
Recorded: Seattle, WA
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
To be honest, I was never a big fan of Led Zeppelin III back in the day. I wanted all of my music to sound like a freight train running directly over my head. What's with all this acoustic nonsense? Well, it took me years to really appreciate the fact that Page and Plant were showing even more of their roots, expanding beyond the blues to English folk music. What's interesting about Marco Benevento's cover of "Friends" is that it deals with both the acoustic elements (the off-kilter opening riff, presented on the original with acoustic guitar) and the bombast that was sure to follow: the ominous Mellotron background and especially Robert Plant's shrieking voice. In an odd happenstance, Benevento's late-song piano frenzy ends up reminding me of The Who's "Quadrophenia."
Reviewer: Mark Saleski
Tags: 2000s jazz