Chicago magazine gives credit where credit is due with a nice homage to Jay Bennett:
Bennett’s vintage keyboards float throughout songs like “She’s a Jar” and “Pieholden Suite,” leaving a dreamy aftertaste. His presence provides a continual commentary on the melody at hand, whether from a spooky banjo clucking (“Via Chicago”) or an instrumental pile-on that builds to an emotional storm (“My Darling”).
Interviews with Edward Burch, Bob Andrews and ex-Wilco drummer Ken Coomer shed a little more light on who Jay was and what is contributions to the band meant. My favorite bit is when Coomer says that nobody in the band even knew Jay could play piano until they were in the studio for Being There. Friends and family seem to be making a concerted effort to ensure Jay Bennett’s legacy is not bound to his portrayal in I am Trying to Break Your Heart.
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5 thoughts on “Chicago Mag Gives Credit to Jay Bennett”
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Seems odd that nobody would’ve pointed out to the author that Jay Bennett didn’t play on A.M.
A magazine, unlike a blog, should have a factchecker…at least someone who bothers to read liner notes.
And the article represents him as being involved in A.M. not once, but twice. Welcome to the future of journalism.
At least he’s in the liner notes.