Marc Ribot Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard (2014)

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Marc Ribot Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard
It had been 16,631 days since bassist Henry Grimes
Henry Grimes
Henry Grimes
b.1935
bass, acoustic
had last played music at New York's infamous Village Vanguard. His performance, with saxophonist Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
1936 - 1970
sax, tenor
, on December 18, 1966 was recorded and released as In Greenwich Village (Impulse!, 1967). Back after 45 years, 6 months, and 12 days, the bassist, now part of guitarist Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot
b.1954
guitar
's Trio with drummer Chad Taylor
Chad Taylor
Chad Taylor

drums
, revisited the musical revolution Ayler instigated in the 1960s.

Ribot's music, since its origins with John Lurie
John Lurie
John Lurie
b.1952
saxophone
's Lounge Lizards, has utilized Alyer as a touchstone, covering his music as far back as Shrek (Avant, 1994) and the solo recordings Don't Blame Me (DIW, 1995) and Saints (Atlantic, 2001). He formed a quartet to recreate and re-imagine Ayler's music with Grimes, Taylor and trumpeter Roy Campbell
Roy Campbell
Roy Campbell
1952 - 2014
trumpet
, recording Spiritual Unity (Pi, 2005). After the death of Campbell (his Donald Ayler), the project continued as a trio.

This live date from June 12, 2012 is as much about Ayler's influence on the Downtown scene (whose rebirth came about in the 1980s) as it is his sway on the jazz icon John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
. The trio covers two tracks from Coltrane's Sun Ship (Impulse!, 1971), the title track and "Dearly Beloved." Both tracks favor seething cauldrons of free jazz knitted together by the exquisite drumming of Taylor, whose is probably best known for his work in the Chicago Underground Duo with Rob Mazurek
Rob Mazurek
Rob Mazurek
b.1965
cornet
. Ribot's guitar plows a country/blues theme on the Ayler tune "The Wizard" that develops, like "Bells," into the Ayler archetypal march. Ribot is able to recreate, on guitar, that frenzy that Ayler could summon and turn into euphoria. The primitive sound that becomes profane.

It is easy to hear bassist William Parker
William Parker
William Parker
b.1952
bass, acoustic
's music in Grimes' bass solos, but of course it was Grimes' recordings with Ayler, Cecil Taylor
Cecil Taylor
Cecil Taylor
b.1929
piano
, Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah Sanders
b.1940
saxophone
, Don Cherry
Don Cherry
Don Cherry
1936 - 1995
trumpet
, and Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
that influenced Parker's playing.

Besides scorching through the Coltrane and Ayler, they also mercifully surrender to the simple melodies of "Old Man River" and "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)." Ribot's guitar work is unapologetically unrefined and original. His passion, like Ayler's, is amplified by the raw-boned music.

Track Listing: Dearly Beloved; The Wizard; Old Man River; Bells; I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You); Sun Ship.

Personnel: Henry Grimes: bass, violin; Marc Ribot: guitar; Chad Taylor: drums.

Record Label: Pi Recordings

Style: Modern Jazz


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