Over just the last two years, Holly Bowling has made a name for herself in the live music community for her uncanny ability to interpret the music of Phish and The Grateful Dead on solo piano. These arrangements include studious takes highlighting both bands’ compositions, spot-on transcriptions of their live concert improvisations, and using the source material as jumping off points for her own creative excursions.
Reviews and Commentary
The news of Bob Dylan winning the Nobel prize for literature inspired me to check out 1967’s low-key but enduring John Wesley Harding, an album I had long overlooked. Many of the songs on JWH were already familiar, including All Along the Watchtower, but I was immediately struck by track 2. As I Went Out One Morning was a cut I had never heard before.
Pianist Marco Benevento first gained attention as one-half of the Benevento/Russo Duo, his instrumental indie/jam partnership with drummer Joe Russo. Although he and Russo continue to collaborate frequently in various ensembles, Benevento is now several years into a solo career that has seen him develop into a full-on entertainer: incorporating vocals, synths and dance-rock into his live shows and recordings. His newest album, The Story of Fred Short, came out earlier this year.