Renowned Downtown guitarist Marc Ribot has performed with everyone from famed roots producer T Bone Burnett to avant-garde legend John Zorn. Ribot's own efforts as a bandleader have been equally eclectic, ranging from the freewheeling Latin jazz excursions of Los Cubanos Postizos to the Albert Ayler-inspired no wave assault of Shrek. In 2004 Ribot formed Spiritual Unity, a quartet dedicated to exploring Ayler's legacy, with trumpeter Roy Campbell, drummer Chad Taylor and most significantly, bassist Henry Grimes, who (prior to his mysterious 35 year absence) regularly worked with Ayler and his contemporaries throughout the 1960s.Live at the Village ...read more
Playing and recording at New York's Village Vanguard is often seen as a sign of ascendancy in the jazz world. For some, the honor is bestowed early on; for others, it comes at a more mature stage; and for a third group, it comes even further down the road. Guitarist Marc Ribot is part of that third group. This protean rabble-rouser has been an important part of New York's artistic landscape for decades, contributing to the music in more ways than anybody could ever count. His guitar has helped shape the sound on recordings from Tom Waits, ...read more
It had been 16,631 days since bassist Henry Grimes had last played music at New York's infamous Village Vanguard. His performance, with saxophonist Albert Ayler, 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's Trio with drummer Chad Taylor, revisited the musical revolution Ayler instigated in the 1960s. Ribot's music, since its origins with John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, has utilized Alyer as a touchstone, covering his music as far back as Shrek (Avant, 1994) and the ...read more
David Hidalgo and Marc RibotThe Flynn Center for the Performing ArtsBurlington, VTJanuary 26, 2013It was indicative of the engagement of the near sold-out audience at The Flynn on January 26, 2013 that, with one word of encouragement from guitarist/vocalist David Hidalgo, its handclapping kept a (fairly) steady rhythm going for the duration of his and fellow guitarist Marc Ribot's spunky take on Los Lobos' The Neighborhood."And it was Hidalgo's tease of the lyrics from guitarist Jimi Hendrix Up From the Skies" near the end of that tune that suggested how he and Ribot ...read more
Marc Ribot Spiritual Unity Trio Bishopsgate Institute London, EnglandOctober 28, 2011 Guitarist Marc Ribot's Spiritual Unity trio, featuring bassist/violinist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor, brought down the house at the Bishopsgate Institute in London on Friday, October 28, 2011. Near the beginning of a whirlwind European tour, the trio performed a joyously eclectic selection of numbers that covered a pantheistic array of musical disciplines, from the 1960s love cry of Albert Ayler to the timeless, heartfelt patterns of country music and the untrammeled immediacy of its rather distant cousin, the blues. Whilst ...read more
Marc Ribot, Spiritual Unity: The Legacy and Music of Albert AylerThe Cleveland Museum of ArtCleveland, OHMarch 19, 2011 Guitarist Marc Ribot's performance with his Spiritual Unity quartet, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, was the culmination of a three-evening nod to celebrated avant-gardist, and Cleveland native, Albert Ayler. Two days earlier, the museum screened Kasper Collin's 2007 documentary film on the saxophonist, My Name is Albert Ayler, and a panel discussion on Ayler's music and legacy was presented at Case Western Reserve University on the evening before the concert. While those events cast an ...read more
Marc RibotSilent MoviesPi Recordings2010 Amidst all the guitar heroes, face-melters and shred lords, Marc Ribot has risen to prominence as one of the more distinctive players. Well-versed in punk, New Orleans, soul-jazz, metal, down-home roots music, the avant-garde and just about everything else in the musical kitchen sink, Ribot taps into a brash mix of energy and humor that allows him to toy lovingly with tradition and genre. From beautifully faux Cuban music to unabashedly dissonant punk-jazz, Ribot always plays with an edge, which sometimes seems to push listeners away.read more
Lucien Dubuis' Swiss trio has had a long association with guitarist Marc Ribot. He might even have been the inspiration for the reedman, bassist/guitarist Roman Nowka, and drummer Lionel Friedli to form their group. So when the New York guitarist joins them for Ultime Cosmos, there is bound be fireworks.
The Lucien Dubuis Trio has released Le Retour (Unit Records, 2007) and Tovorak (Self Produced, 2005), both bearing the mark of Ribot's early bands: Rootless Cosmopolitans, The Lounge Lizards, and Shrek. Although Dubuis does not play guitar, (he mostly restles the huge contrabass clarinet), he revels in twisting ...read more
Marc Ribot / Evan Parker / Han Bennink Queen Elizabeth Hall London, England June 14, 2009
The Moment's Energy, a new ECM release from Evan Parker, may be a slight disappointment from an artist who has been acclaimed by some as the heir apparent to John Coltrane. Yet this appearance, part of London's Ornette Coleman-curated Meltdown festival, saw the sixty-something tenor and soprano player in first-rate form, particularly during an unaccompanied solo on the latter instrument. And he wasn't even the star of the show.
In visual terms, that honor went, somewhat predictably, ...read more
John Zorn El General Tzadik 2009 Marco Cappelli Italian Doc Remix Itinera 2008
Marc Ribot has an unusual combination of talents: a strong musical personality and an ability to give himself wholly to the realization of another musician's project. Perhaps it's most evident in his copious recordings with John Zorn including such projects as Electric Masada and The Dreamers. Ribot's skills as a collaborator and master of diverse idioms are evident ...read more
Artist Marc Ribot The Lost String La Huit Distribution 2008
Marc Ribot once wanted to sound like jazz guitarist/Blue Note legend Grant Green but, as this film by Anais Prosaic shows, he has gone far beyond jazz in his musical odyssey. His quest, as a player and an innovator, has led him into blues, klezmer music, noise, the avant-garde, classical music, Cuban, instant improvisations and noise"--all equally part of his artistic nook.
Ribot began learning to play the trumpet when he was nine. However, when he was around 11, he ...read more
Marc Ribot Exercises in Futility Tzadik 2008 Giovanni Maier Technicolor Longsong Records 2007
A humble line might be drawn from Bach's Das Wohltemperirte Clavier through John Zorn's The Book of Heads to Marc Ribot's Exercises in Futility. All are essentially sets of exercises meant to highlight certain techniques. And while several players have tackled Zorn's knotty Book of Heads, Ribot is probably the most known, having recorded it for Tzadik. (The work was ...read more
Ceramic Dog, legendary guitarist Marc Ribot's new power trio, opens their appropriately titled debut album, Party Intellectuals, with a riotous statement of intent; tearing through a grungy surf-punk take on The Door's Break on Through," the trio proves they're here to party, political puns notwithstanding.
Ribot's renowned sideman work with Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, The Lounge Lizards and John Zorn (among others) established his singular voice in the nascent Downtown scene two decades ago. A veteran bandleader, Ribot draws from myriad experiences to inform his newest venture. The lyrical irreverence of The Rootless Cosmopolitans, the bone-crushing volume of ...read more
Marc Ribot Asmodeus - Book of Angels, Volume 7 Tzadik 2007 In the Country Losing Stones, Collecting Bones Rune Grammofon 2006
Guitarist Marc Ribot is known for his instrumental mastery and ability to play convincingly a dizzying stylistic array. Often overlooked is his uncanny knack for interpreting the music of others. Two recent -- and typically disparate -- CDs exemplify this inherent trait. A veteran of various Masada ...read more
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