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Marc Ribot Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Yours truly is truly ashamed to be reporting on this recording at such a late date. That said, Marc Ribot: Live At The Village Vanguard is the kind of recording that, if you weren't, makes you wish you were there. Yes, it's a Live at the V-squared, which may remind you of other now-celebrated recordings at that famous V-shaped cathouse. In this case, it's particularly notable because of three ingredients: the setting (already mentioned), the artists, and, number three, the repertoire. A combination of covers performed by three mutually reinforcing spirits, guitarist Marc Ribot is joined by hefty ...

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Marc Ribot Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard

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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 ...

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Marc Ribot Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

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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, ...

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Marc Ribot Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

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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 ...

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Ceramic Dog: Your Turn

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Five years have passed since the release of Party Intellectuals, the 2008 Pi Recordings debut of Ceramic Dog, a power trio led by legendary Downtown guitarist Marc Ribot. Much has changed in the ensuing years, including the recording industry--a subject fervently addressed on Your Turn, the ensemble's eclectic sophomore effort. Railing against capitalism and consumerism with equal vigor, Ceramic Dog blends post-punk rebellion with the sonic liberation of free jazz, finding catharsis in-between genres. Ribot's role as an in-demand session player for artists ranging from Alison Krauss to Tom Waits has provided the former member of the Lounge ...

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David Hidalgo and Marc Ribot: Burlington, VT, January 26, 2013

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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 ...

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Marc Ribot Spiritual Unity: London, England October 28, 2011

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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 ...



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