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Marc Ribot/The Young Philadelphians: Live InTokyo

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Art be damned, let's dance. If you are of a certain age, let's say the baby boomer generation, then the vintage sounds of Philadelphia soul are imprinted on your brain. The 1970's began with The O'Jays “Back Stabbers," which you might have heard on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, a show that originated in Philly, or perhaps you've ridden “The Love Train" or danced to “Me And Mrs. Jones" at a wedding. Those tunes were stamped in your soul, and at ...


Big Ears Festival 2016

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Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 31-April 2, 2016 Since its beginning in 2009, the Big Ears Festival has always been willfully, unapologetically eclectic. Their own self-description is “a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance and the visual arts." Named for an especially perceptive listener--one who may hear things others would miss--it offers interactive workshops, installations, exhibitions, film screenings and surprise collaborations, in ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

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