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This is a cd I can't fully describe. Its strange, beautiful and compelling, all at the same time.
With the backing of a major label, the recording is like being in the same room and the packaging is quite nice. Lets hope he's not booted off the label the same way Columbia boots their artists.
The album is Ribot performing solo guitar (mostly acoustic, though occasionally electric) over a series of standards and covers. Ribot approaches in an inside-outside fashion, often combining delicate theme statements with more eclectic and aggressive improvisations, coaxing a wide array of sounds out of his guitar. He really seems to dig in hardest on the Ayler material ("Saints", "Holy Holy Holy" and "Witches and Devils") taking the opportunity to stretch Ayler's music by inserting a lot of space-- not having any accompaniment allows for this easily enough certainly. Ditto for Zorn's "Book of Heads #13"-- on all of these, scratches, slides, rattles, bangs, are all common. And yet as outside as these are, they all possess a delicate beauty, one that can be similarly felt on his oddly phrased "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" or "Somewhere", where Ribot prevents the natural lushness of the piece from getting in the, or the sort of start-stop nature of his take of "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)", that almost sounds like a bizarrely skipping record player. And finally, if "Happiness is a Warm Gun", with its overwhelmingly lyrical guitar, doesn't catch you, listen to it until it does. It should.
This is not an easy album, people associate solo guitar with that. Nor is this an album that is not firmly lodged in the avant-garde, but it is a fantastic record where Ribot really gets a chance to shine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This avant gard jazz guitar exercise by Mark Ribot is just a bit too avant gard for me. I'm a certified Ribot fluffer too. Read morePublished on December 19, 2005 by Andrew R
Don't get me wrong, I love Ribot; his stuff with Medeski Martin and Wood was great. Based on what I had heard there, I went with this album. All I heard was guitar. Read morePublished on March 23, 2005 by N. Lang
This cd is a dull exercise in lame NY avant guitar twaddle. Luckily it only cost me 2.98. Spare yourself the financial losses, and avoid this junk at all "costs."Published on March 12, 2004
Marc Ribot, like many of the musicians currently part of the New York Underground, has proven his versatility time and time again. Read morePublished on December 15, 2003 by space_antelope
Picture this: mediocre and possibly inebriated solo guitar player half-heartedly warming up in the studio with the tape rolling for 45 minutes. Read morePublished on July 16, 2003
Marc Ribot ain't everybody's cup o tea. I discovered him on Tom Waites' Big Time, and read the small print to see who the hell that incredible guitar player was. Read morePublished on June 12, 2003