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Marco Benevento, one of the best keyboards player in the world today (in the same league as John Medeski for example), launched his own label this year, The Royal Potato Family, taking care of some of his talented friends from the american jam/jazz/folk/funk scene...

Marco Benevento and Friends Live in NYC
Marco Benevento & Friends - Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency
(DVD) The Royal Potato Family, 2009-11-10

Directed by our Karina Mackenzie, the 2-plus hour DVD documents Marco Benevento's 2008 residency at Sullivan Hall, including performances and interviews with Andrew Barr, Brad Barr, Billy Martin, Bobby Previte, Dave Fiuczynski, DJ Olive, G. Calvin Weston, Joe Russo, John Ellis, Jonas Hellborg, Kaki King, Marc Friedman, Reed Mathis, Skerik, Stanton Moore and Steven Bernstein.  More than just a project about Marco, it captures a scene of artists and musicians who are clearly some of our generation's giants.

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Garage A Trois Power Patriot
Garage A Trois - Power Patriot
featuring Skerik, Mike Dillon, Marco Benevento & Stanton Moore
(Digipack CD) The Royal Potato Family, 2009-10-27

Garage A Trois is a collaboration between four of the most visionary improvisers of the time: Skerik on saxophones, Mike Dillon on vibes, Marco Benevento on keys and Stanton Moore on drums. And while improvisation is at the heart of what the quartet has staked its reputation upon at their legendary New Orleans Jazzfest sets and rare, but in demand, club tours, it's the intricate sonic tapestries, tightly orchestrated arrangements, refined melodies and positively modern approach to instrumental songwriting that's at the heart of their new long-player, Power Patriot.

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Ben Perowsky presents Moodswing Orchestra
Ben Perowsky presents Moodswing Orchestra
(Digipack CD) El Destructo Records/The Royal Potato Family, 2009-09-29

Drummer for Joan As Police Woman, Elysian Fields, 101 Crustaceans, Sex Mob, Uri Caine Trio & Baby Loves Jazz, Ben Perowsky releases a collage of sounds reflecting his diverse career. Perowsky's latest creation is a collaboration with a large selection of artists he has been working with recently, Joan Wasser, Miho Hatori, Bebel Gilberto, Elysian Fields & More. This combination of songsters and improvisors gives a unique blend of N.Y.C.'s finest cream of the crop players, under the direction and manipulation of their - normally kicking out the beats - friend at the drums.

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Nathan Moore Folk Singer
Nathan Moore - Folk Singer
(Digipack CD) The Royal Potato Family, 2009-08-18

Nathan Moore is a folk singer. For that, he makes no apologies. Some would run from the connotations that such a label might convey, but on his new EP, entitled Folk Singer, Moore quite matter-of-factly calls it as he sees it. Scheduled for release August 18 on The Royal Potato Family, the eight-song collection was written and recorded by Moore as winter turned to spring at his home in the Shenandoah Valley. Folk Singer features Moore unaccompanied on vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica.

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Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey One Day In Brooklyn EP
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - One Day In Brooklyn EP
(CD/Digital) Kinnara Records/The Royal Potato Family, 2009-09-01

Evolution defines the spirit of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. In fact, evolution is what allows this Tulsa, Oklahoma institution to thrive. Greater than the sum of its parts, JFJO is hitting new peaks in a historic 15-year career. Founding pianist Brian Haas and drummer Josh Raymer made the decision at the outset of 2009 to expand what was one of the fiercest modern jazz trios in recent memory to a quartet by adding lap steel guitarist Chris Combs and upright bassist Matt Hayes. The new line-up quickly re-emerged with a fresh energy and an invigorated sound, touring hard for the first half of the year. In May, JFJO entered the studio to document their rebirth at 58NS Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The sessions are now set for release September 1 as an EP entitled One Day In Brooklyn on the quartet's own Kinnara Records (distributed through The Royal Potato Family).

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Marco Benevento Me Not Me
Marco Benevento - Me_Not_Me
(CD) Royal Potato Family, 2009-02-03

Marco Benevento returns with Me Not Me, a new studio album featuring interpretations of songs by artists including My Morning Jacket, Leonard Cohen and Deerhoof among others. The ten-track collection arrives within a year from release of Benevento's critically acclaimed debut studio effort, Invisible Baby. Like its predecessor, Benevento is joined on the sessions by bassist Reed Mathis and drummers Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr. The band recorded at Chroma Sound in Seattle during days off on a West Coast tour earlier this year. Engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & The Johnsons, Phish) mixed the sessions in Brooklyn. Of further note, Benevento takes a giant step into the 21st century with the formation of his own label, The Royal Potato Family (distributed by MRI/Red), for the worldwide release of Me Not Me.

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