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Marc Ribot


Marc Ribot (pronounced REE-bow) was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1954. As a teen, he played guitar in various garage bands while studying with his mentor, Haitian classical guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus. In 1978, Ribot crossed the river to New York City, where he served as sideman for such musicians as jazz organist Jack McDuff and legendary soul shouter Wilson Pickett. Ribot began his five-year stint as a member of the Lounge Lizards (John Lurie's innovative and influential Downtown jazz ensemble) in 1984. At the time Marc's playing, which blended elements of classic Blues guitar with the ironic No Wave/Knitting Factory aesthetic, caught the ear of a number of artists who were also interested in amalgamating and disrupting disparate musical traditions

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Marco Tiraboschi e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Marco Tiraboschi e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Chitarrista, si definisce musicista creativo ed eclettico. La sua musica mescola elementi di jazz, classica contemporanea, echi dei Balcani e del mediterraneo, ed ambisce ad una sintesi quanto più possibile personale e comunicativa. Nel suo ultimo album, In a New World, realizzato in compagnia di Giulio Corini al contrabbasso e Daniele Richiedei a violino ...

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MetJazz 2024

Read "MetJazz 2024" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

MetJazz 2024 Prato Teatro Metastasio, Teatro Fabbricone, Scuola di Musica Verdi 26.2--25.3.2024 Ventinovesima edizione del festival MetJazz, che anche quest'anno, sotto la direzione artistica di Stefano Zenni, per un mese ha disseminato di eventi la città di Prato, con gli spettacoli principali --tutti in doppio concerto--collocati come sempre il lunedì e ...


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Talking The Groove: Jazz Words From The Morning Star

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Talking The Groove: Jazz Words From The Morning Star Chris Searle 394 Pages ISBN: 978-1-9163206-7-3 Jazz In Britain 2024 Although Marxist-Leninist theory itself has proved to be, at best, a blind alley--and, at worst, in practice the enemy of the freedoms it claims to champion--writers from the Left ...


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John Lurie: Painting With John

Read "Painting With John" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Once a week, since 2021 the HBO series Painting With John gave viewers a glimpse into the world of John Lurie. If you just happened upon the television show without any prior knowledge of the man, you begin to realize the program was not at all like the kitschy PBS series The Joy Of Painting with ...


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Sons d'Hiver 2024

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Ches Smith: Laugh Ash

Read "Laugh Ash" reviewed by Vic Albani

Dopo lo straordinario lavoro dedicato al Vudù haitiano del 2021 (Path of Seven Colors) anch'esso uscito per la straordinaria Pyroclastic Records di Kris Davis, il batterista, percussionista e compositore Ches Smith, acclamato dal New York Times come “uno dei batteristi più dinamici della scena sperimentale del pianeta," colpisce ancora con un nuovo sorprendente lavoro immensamente variegato, ...


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2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Twenty years is a remarkable milestone for any activity, let alone one that comes with the wear and tear of a high-profile jazz festival that every year strives to up its own ante, like the Winter JazzFest. From January 11 to 18, 2024, fans, musicians, promoters and other industry people from around the world ...


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SoSaLa: 1993

Read "1993" reviewed by Chris May

Saxophonist SoSaLa--born Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi to Iranian parents in Switzerland, brought up in Germany, martial arts student in Japan, and a New York City resident since 2008--is the sort of wild card we need more of in jazz. Not necessarily because of the actual music he makes, which has limited appeal, but because of the energy ...


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French Showcase at the 2023 European Jazz Conference

Read "French Showcase at the 2023 European Jazz Conference" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Palais du Pharo/Théâtre La Criée European Jazz Conference Showcases Marseille, France September 14-17, 2023 The showcase program of the 9th European Jazz Conference (see separate article) was inaugurated in the comfortable Auditorium of the Palais du Pharo--the main venue of the conference--by the Orchid Big Band. Born inside the musical collective ...


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