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Guitarist Marc Ribot was one of the revelations of the boisterous New York music scene in the 1980s. Now, three decades after he first emerged, this is still a musician you can rely on. Born in Newark, New Jersey, 65 years ago, his musical apprenticeship began with Haitian composer and performer Frantz Casseus, until he moved to New York in 1978. His guitar was heard in concerts by Carla Thomas, Jack McDuff and Chuck Berry, and from 1985, in recording sessions with the likes of Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Lounge Lizards and David Sylvian, among others.
Restless and adventurous, his Afro-Latin project with the Cubanos Postizos leapt to fame in 1998; it was essentially a handful of recreations of songs by Arsenio Rodríguez, translated to Ribot’s iconoclast and personal sonic world. After his 2013 visit with the Ceramic Dog trio, and two years later at the helm of The Young Philadelphians, Ribot returns to JAZZMADRID, this time leading what he considers to be his most recent quartet. In this quartet, besides drummer Nick Dunston and saxophonist Jay Rodríguez, the second guitar of Chad Taylor – the founder of Live and leader of the band The Gracious Few – can be heard loud and clear.
Components Marc Ribot: guitar Nick Dunston: bass Jay Rodríguez: saxophonist Chad Taylor: drums