Marc Ribot Interview

Marc Ribot
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From Burning Ambulance:

Guitarist Marc Ribot‘s been around. Beginning in the early ’80s, he’s balanced his own skronky, avant-garde-ish solo work with sideman and session gigs for half the rock and jazz world, including the Black Keys; T-Bone Burnett; Cibo Matto; Elvis Costello; Elton John; Marianne Faithfull; Allen Ginsberg; Diana Krall; Medeski, Martin & Wood; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; Stan Ridgway; David Sanborn; and many, many more. He maintains several long-running creative relationships, most notably with John Zorn (for whom he’s recorded dozens of times, and is a member of both the Bar Kokhba Sextet and Electric Masada) and Tom Waits (he’s played on Rain Dogs, Franks Wild Years, the live Big Time, Mule Variations, Real Gone, Orphans, and Bad As Me). As a leader, he’s made over 20 albums, ranging from solo work to nearly metallic noise-rock to Latin dance tunes with Los Cubanos Postizos. His latest release is Live at the Village Vanguard, a trio disc featuring bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor—the same rhythm section heard on his 2005 album Spiritual Unity (by the band of the same name), a tribute to Albert Ayler featuring the late trumpeter Roy Campbell.