Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock
On this solo CD, guitarist Marc Ribot takes a break from his Afro-Latin dance group, Los Cubanos Postizos. With his biting and twangy electric and acoustic plectral tones, Ribot turns well-known tunes such as the Leonard B... more »
On this solo CD, guitarist Marc Ribot takes a break from his Afro-Latin dance group, Los Cubanos Postizos. With his biting and twangy electric and acoustic plectral tones, Ribot turns well-known tunes such as the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim show tune "Somewhere" and the Beatles' "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," into spacey, left-of-center sound collages full of bite and humor. John Zorn's "Book of Heads" rings with a Middle-Eastern tone and Ribot's takes on the spiritual "Go Down Moses" and the classic "St. James Infirmary" highlight his debt to gospel and the blues. The title track and "Witches and Devils," both penned by saxophonist Albert Ayler, provide the best showcases for Marc Ribot's bold, six-stringed excursions into uncharted sonic territory. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
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William Merrill | San Antonio, TX United States | 09/20/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm amused by the thought that someone might pick up this CD as a "solo guitar" release and expect something like the Windham Hill guitar stuff. Boy would they be in for a surprise! Listening to this is the musical equivalent of eavesdropping on a mad scientist fooling around in his laboratory. While the disc does have its melodic passages - such as Ribot's haunting version of John Lurie's "It Could Have Been Very Very Beautiful" - it's just as likely to hit you with an off-the-wall, experimental piece like "Book of Heads #3" (a John Zorn thing). Throughout the CD, John creates some fascinating sounds with his extreme manipulations of the guitar. Some of the tracks are utterly engrossing, such as the buzzes, scrapes, and moans that make up "Empty." Somehow he combines those sounds to produce a feeling of desolate spaciousness, like bad reception on a radio station from another plane of existence. Then there's his remarkable take on the Beatles' "Happiness Is A Warm Gun." He twists and layers the notes yet retains the song's integrity; this is a version I'm certain John Lennon would have really dug. Sometimes the pieces can be discordant or head-scratchingly obtuse, but Ribot is so good I'm willing to tag along with him as he wanders down many different avenues."
If Miles or Bird played guitar.
William Merrill | 05/18/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The secret of Marc Ribot is to understand he's not from this planet. He's some sort of sorceror. He's one of these guys who invents musical forms as he goes along. Pioneer is a good word. Genius is a good word. As with his Tom Waites' stuff, he breaks new ground here. If you like your music 4/4, with every note neatly in place, you'll hate this CD. If you dig Dali and Picasso in art, you'll love Ribot on the 6-string."
Making wrong right
T. Huff | 11/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this album is indeed an acquired taste. its easy to listen to this album once and give it a bad review like i feel some of the other amazon reviewers here did... but the truth of the matter is... ribot extends the vocabulary of the guitar beyond cheesy soulful solos and orthodox, predictable changes to create a vernacular all his own. i have found the best music usually is not immediately accessible and takes some time wrestling with it to reach its full capacity of enjoyment. don't be put off by the bad reviews."