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Benjamim e Edinho

by Ben LaMar Gay

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Swim Swim 03:22
Weapons 03:26
Totem 03:53
Empregada 03:55
Kunni 03:47
Ye Ye 04:10


Benjamim e Edinho is a joint production of Ben LaMar Gay and Brazilian guitar master Edinho Gerber. The two musicians shared friendship & stories across a co-residence in Chicago and time spent in Rio de Janeiro (where Gerber is from, and Gay lived for some time). This album is the product of that friendship and the leisurely music-making that defined their time together between the years of 2011 and 2013. In the diverse spectrum of Gay’s catalogue, Benjamim e Edinho is where he displays his admiration for the experimental folk/R&B arrangements of Chicago Soul originator Charles Stepney, 1970s Quincy Jones, the work of Moacir Santos and all the storied innovators of Brazilian experimental music. Possibly the most polished of all the (formerly) unreleased recordings in Ben LaMar Gay’s back catalogue, Benjamim e Edinho is a nugget of Pan-Americana that rebirths the revolutionary, psychedelic & sexy sound of classic Tropicalia through a Chicagoan lens.


released December 7, 2018

All instruments by Ben LaMar Gay & Edinho Gerber...

...except drums on “Ye Ye” by Marcus Evans, drums on “Swim Swim” by Tommaso Moretti, background vocals on “Empregada” by Bia e Camila, tenor saxophone on “Ye Ye” by Rob Frye, and voices on “Totem” by Equitativa Community Choir conducted by Edu Lopes.

Recorded by Ben LaMar Gay & Edinho Gerber.
Mixed by Alex Inglizian.
Mastered by David Allen.

Album Art by Crystal Zapata.


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