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Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos

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Marc Ribot - widely regarded as one of the world's most inventive and adventurous guitarists - makes his Atlantic Records debut with a new collection defined by its edgy and electric tones, punky and loose attitude. Ribot and Co. (including bassist Brad Jones of the Jazz Passengers and Ornette Coleman's Prime Time; percussionist E.J. Rodriguez; organ player John Medeski of Medeski, Martin and Wood; and drummer Robert J. Rodriguez of Miami Sound Machine) have brilliantly condensed legendary Cuban composer, Arsenio Rodriguez's large ensemble arrangements to suit a stripped-down sound of guitar, bass, conga, and occassional keyboard.

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Marc Ribot and his Prosthetic Cubans are a jazz-rock band playing music written by (and for) the late Cuban composer and bandleader Arsenio Rodriguez. While best known for his guitar work with Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and the Lounge Lizards, Ribot has gained in stature and confidence as a solo artist in recent years. Ribot is accompanied here by the likes of keyboardist John Medeski and Jazz Passengers bassist Brad Jones, and his playing is alternately angular, fluid, and extremely visceral. Within this Latin-jazz context, Ribot occasionally echoes Carlos Santana, while his percussion-fueled ensemble (anchored by E.J. and Robert J. Rodriguez) plays it hot, hot, hot. Very traditional yet ultimately modern, this imaginative session swings much better than most. --Mitch Myers
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000006OB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I will get the negatives out of the way. I do not like all the tracks, especially the only one penned by Ribot, #4, and # 6. They just don't do it for me. On to the great.
The first track is perhaps the single most beautiful piece of music I have heard. They great thing about Ribot's playing is not only his choice of notes, but his great timing. It is so intuitively right that one could practice the piece forever, and still not play it as he does, which is to say perfectly. And the percusion is perfectly spare for this shimmering, tranquil song.
The second song has a great, soulful groove that is not just a product of the rhythm section and a catchy vamp, but once again of Ribot's great feel for timing. The organ work adds to the simmering, deep groove.
#3 is a fairly typical and repetative cuban uptempo number, but there is a raw and edgy tone that seperates from the cliche cuban piano, or horn vamp.
#4. see above.
#5. More instrumentation and vocals in this one. Even though Ribot is clearly not a singer, this is a strong song because of the veriety of textures -- rock guitar, psychodelic organ, acoustic guitar, horns, cuban chorus, and Ribot's spoken words. They form a hard and yet sentimental mix that is perfect for the words, "don't cry, because when you do, I feel... something."
#6 See above.
#7. A driving, raw and beautiful track that comes to a powerful, intense conclusion.
#8. Again spoken words and also singing by Ribot. Listening to him speak Spanish is funny and but the music is solid.
#9. Perhaps the most jazz-like track on the CD. It feature advanced guiitar work from Ribot, but it is not just technique for it's own sake, but serves the whole, and does not comprimise, but embelishes the beauty.
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Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos (The Prosthetic Cubans), (1998, Atlantic) This album is sensational. Ribot is a master of the guitar, with impeccable timing and timeless mood creation. The CD is a tribute to the late Arsenio Rodriguez, a Cuban composer, guitarist, tres player and band leader who died in 1972. A finer tribute could not be offered. Most of the tracks were written or recorded by Rodriguez. Como Se Goza En El Barrio is just one example of Arsenio's brilliant songwriting. Another, Los Teenagers Bailan Changui, is absolutely intense. The album is laden with fat percussion from EJ Rodriguez and Robert J. Rodriguez. John Medeski lends his organ magic on four tracks and Anthony Coleman on two. Brad Jones adds stellar bass to the mix. Tracks like the Ribot penned Postizo illustrate the guitarists ability to be traditional and totally avant-garde at the same time, while maintaining a beat everyone can dance to. Ribot is at the top of his game throughout the entire album. He rips it up! This album wonderfully captures the intangible sensuality of Cuban music. Every cut is excellent. Recommended to all. One of 1998's best. 10 tracks, 47 minutes. Paul C. Doyle, The Vermont Review
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I heard a song from this group on WYSO, convinced the song was on this CD bought it. Do not believe the song was on this CD after multiple times of hearing it. It was kind of okay but none of the songs blew me away.
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Lots of groovy tunes, very much about soundscapes and vamping the groove. Could be called a little bit lounge and at times a bit ultra-lounge, but I do enjoy this album and listen to it often. My favorite Marc Ribot record.
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By A Customer on July 28, 1999
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Marc Ribot has set me aflame in his towering Havanna inferno with his smoking mastery of the guitar. He really gets down. The album starts off with a teaser "Aurora en Pekin." Throughout the song, the first-time listener is tense with the anticipation--the control sounds ready to burst. When will Marc let it rip and fill us with his fiery goodness? The next number, "Aqui Como Alla" is a comfortable warming, pre-heating our ears for the exploding dirty goodness that is "Como se Goza en el Barrio." The album continues in this emotional roller coaster ride of burning desire, dreamlike fiery visions. Thank you, Marc and please come burn us again.
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By A Customer on December 14, 1998
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marc ribot might be the best guitarist you've never heard of. i wasn't really familiar w/ his solo stuff, but his dark and murky tone is instantly recognizable and strangely appealing. if you've ever heard tom waits's record, rain dogs, you know what i'm talking about.
the traditional and passionate melodies of rodriguez are rendered beautifully by ribot and a solid backing crew, but ribot still manages to leave his own impression almost creating an "original" album of covers. if you like any thing at all about the minor key, buy this cd!
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Yet another recording to lend credence to the argument that Marc Ribot is currently one of the greatest "Jazz" guitarists alive.
This recording seems to get better with the passage of time. How does that work?
I was listening to Ribot before I was even aware I was listening to him and to this day he still makes me happy to be a fellow guitar player, and even more happy to just be alive.
There are very, very few musicians alive with the musical aesthetic that Ribot has.
This is wearing a groove on my hard drive..
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