Marc Ribot Trio: Live At The Village VanguardThe guitarist has played in just about every conceivable setting. For this live concert, his trio takes on Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, dirty blues, punk energy and fully liberated improvisation.
From left, Marc Ribot (guitar), Chad Taylor (drums) and Henry Grimes (bass) performed at the Village Vanguard in New York City on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
Ribot's trio covered songs from Albert Ayler and John Coltrane, both of whom recorded legendary albums at the Vanguard.
Henry Grimes, who once performed with Ayler, Don Cherry and Charles Mingus, made one of the most remarkable comebacks in jazz history when he returned to the scene after 35 years in 2002.
Chad Taylor made a name for himself in the 1990s as part of the Chicago Underground Duo and Trio, with cornetist Rob Mazurek and guitarist Jeff Parker.
Henry Grimes spent the night's opening song, Albert Ayer's "Bells," on bass ...
... then switched over to violin during Ayler's "Spirits."
Chad Taylor chills out before Wednesday night's opening set.
Marc Ribot had a famous visitor pay his respects back stage at the Vanguard: Elvis Costello.
Henry Grimes backstage.
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The guitarist Marc Ribot has played in just about every conceivable setting in New York City. But through his involvement in punk bands, funk and soul groups, film scoring, the noise community, session work with rootsy singer-songwriters, South American and Caribbean folkloric projects, the contemporary classical scene and all the other experiments, he's also long held a love of jazz, from its hairiest to most clean-shaven expressions. Ribot has created bands dedicated to Albert Ayler and John Coltrane, saxophonists whose grounding in strong melody powered their fully liberated solo flights. He played in Allen Toussaint's Bright Mississippi band, which adapted the earliest New Orleans jazz. And he tours with a trio which gives him access to his full palette.
For that trio's upcoming residency at the Village Vanguard, expect a mix of tunes from the Ayler and Coltrane songbooks, gritty blues jams and fiery free improvisation. With him are Henry Grimes, who himself played with Albert Ayler in the 1960s, and drummer Chad Taylor of the Chicago Underground collective (among dozens of other bands himself). WBGO and NPR Music presented a live radio broadcast and online video webcast of the Marc Ribot Trio live at the Village Vanguard on June 27.
"Singing the Blues"
"Fat Man Blues"
Marc Ribot, guitar
Henry Grimes, bass
Chad Taylor, drums
Producer And Host: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: Duke Markos; Production Assistant: Michael Downes. Recorded June 27, 2012 at The Village Vanguard in New York, N.Y.