Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Jay Bennett..

Over the weekend multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett died in his sleep. He was just 45. Bennett formally of Wilco, had also worked with Titanic Love Affair, and Blues Traveler. Bennett and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy formed turbulent collaboration which was highlighted in Sam Jones film I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco. According to a statement released on Bennett's myspace page, he "was dismayed that some people may have formed a narrow perception of him via the “documentary,” all who truly knew him understood that with most entertainment media, editing is usually constructed for dramatic effect and presents only a small part of a larger, more complex reality." Whatever the case may be, the conflicts between Tweedy and Bennett in the documentary made for good cinema, and provided insight into the inner workings of a band during the recording process. Regardless if you like Wilco's or Bennett's solo music, Bennett was a genius and will be missed. Along with Bennett's solo work, besure to check out, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco.

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