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Live at the Village Vanguard - Marc Ribot Trio Live

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Taylor, recorded live at the venerable Village Vanguard. Not only was it Ribot s debut as a leader at the iconic venue, the occasion also marked the first appearance by Grimes at the Vanguard since 1966, right before his mysterious 35-year disappearance from the scene. In a wide-ranging set, the trio plays the music of Albert Ayler, covers tracks from the John Coltrane album Sun Ship, and even plays two ballad standards! Ribot, whose unmistakable sound is sought after by musicians of all stripes from Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn, T Bone Burnett, Susana Baca, Neko Case, Diana Krall... the list goes on astounds with his playing, spinning one frenetic, snarling solo after another. The trio, though, is a true collective: it s never quite clear who exactly is leading whom; anything that any one plays can seemingly head them all in a different direction. Taylor, in particular, plays with extraordinary sensitivity. The Village Vanguard run by the Marc Ribot Trio was selected by critic Nate Chinen of the New York Times as one of his best concerts of 2012, saying The feverish clarity of the music, and its special resonance in that room, exerted a physical power. This recording puts you right there, at the foot of the stage, in a room steeped in the aura of history as the band s collective intuition and extrasensory attunement magically unfold before you.


Live at the Village Vanguard is surely the most pungent of album titles, promising top-tier New York musicians and an environment that brings out the best in their playing. Such icons of 20th-century jazz as John Coltrane and Bill Evans made some of their most revolutionary musical statements at the famous Greenwich Village basement, so you couldn t exactly call the booking policy conservative. Still, iconoclastic ex-Tom Waits guitarist Marc Ribot is more leftfield than the club s usual fair. This very personal tribute to Coltrane and Albert Ayler, hero of the 1960s avant garde, is accompanied by drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Henry Grimes (who last appeared at the Vanguard with Ayler himself in 1966). It s electrifying, veering from heart-stopping tenderness to paint-stripping cacophony. --The Irish Times

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Incandescent, inspired improvisation! 28 Aug 2014
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This is a fantastic live recording from June 30th, 2012, with Marc Ribot on electric guitar, Henry Grimes on bass, and Chad Taylor on drums. With the late Roy Campbell, Jr. on trumpet, they recorded Spiritual Unity in 2004, a tribute to Albert Ayler. While I miss Roy Campbell, who died way too soon, this album is even better than that excellent set, which was recorded in the studio with the exception of a live "Bells." Henry Grimes (b. 1935) was Ayler's bass player, stopped playing after Ayler's death in 1970, and only started playing music again in 2002.

This live set opens and closes with Coltrane numbers from the 1965 album "Sun Ship." The 15'07 "Dearly Beloved" gets things off to a great start, heading for open space right out of the gate, setting a serious, spiritual tone. Next comes the Albert Ayler tune "Wizard," which starts with a rollicking beat that sounds like Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" before building to another ecstatic peak.

Some free jazz/improv purists may cringe or scoff, but the inclusion of beautiful, touching ballads rounds out the sonic palette very effectively, making room for heart-on-the-sleeve romanticism. "Old Man River" is the perfect vehicle for Ribot to demonstrate his mastery of the ballad.

Now comes the centerpiece of the concert, a 19'09 "Bells," the great Ayler song. It is only several minutes in that the theme is first stated. After wild improvising, it is restated, and then at the 14-minute mark there is a passage that sounds like blues-rock played by Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys. Ribot and Taylor, the young Chicago-based drummer, are simply astonishing, and Grimes provides an imperturbable base for their flights.

The ballad "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" is even more impressive than "Old Man River." The contrast with the intense free jazz surrounding it makes it maximally vivid. A powerful melody, lyrical and moving.

Finally, back to Coltrane with "Sun Ship." The band soars once more, and Ribot's solos are fierce and urgent, while Taylor sounds like both Elvin Jones and Rashied Ali alternatively, with energy that propels the piece to another peak, with a drum solo leading to the final restatement of the theme.

Brilliant, high-energy jazz, this should not be missed!
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
great music, great band 20 Aug 2014
By B. Auerbach - Published on Amazon.com
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does sound take form or form become sound? great music, great band.
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