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Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Marc Ribot has torn the roof off the Bimhuis several times already with his energetic trio Ceramic Dog. Anything goes, from angular songs to exuberant rock riffs to a whimsical version of jazz classic like “Take Five." Multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily can switch from distorted bass guitar to cheerful organ, and drummer Ches Smith can alternate between tight backbeats and electronic experiments. Marc Ribot: guitar, vocals; Shahzad Ismaily: bass, percussion, vocals; Ches Smith: drums, percussions, electronics, vocals.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Marc Ribot Spiritual Unity at Bishopsgate Institute in London

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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 ...

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Marc Ribot Spiritual Unity: Cleveland, March 19, 2011

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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 ...

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Marc Ribot: Silent Movies

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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 ...