Guitarist Marc Ribot back at Cafe OTO after his stunning solo set here in March. This time he brings his trio featuring the great Henry Grimes on double bass and drummer Chad Taylor (making his first appearance at OTO) - the group draws on the improvising telepathy developed performing together in the years working together as Spiritual Unity (with Roy Campbell) to reach new heights and depths of free/punk/jazz whilst the trio format allows for greater compositional flexibility... This group played a blinding set at the Bishopsgate Institute in 2011 and this promises to be a fascinating two days of music.
"With Spiritual Unity, Ribot mainlines Ayler, John Coltrane and the blues in their pure form." - Tim Owen, The Jazzmann
"The energy level was fearsome, and even the most expansive train of thought was delivered with concentrated venom." - Mike Hobart, FT
Photo by Brendan Bannon
MARC RIBOT / guitar
Marc Ribot, who the New York Times describes as “a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device,” has released 19 albums under his own name over a 25-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez. His latest solo release, Silent Movies (Pi Recording 2010) has been described as a "down-inmouth-near master piece" by the Village Voice and has landed on several Best of 2010 lists including the LA Times and critical praise across the board.
Rolling Stone points out that “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985's Rain Dogs, and since then he's become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.” Additional recording credits include Elton John/Leon Russell’s latest The Union, Solomon Burke, John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Marianne Faithful, Joe Henry, Allen Toussaint, Medeski Martin & Wood, Caetono Veloso, Susana Baca, Allen Ginsburg, Madeline Peyroux, Nora Jones, Jolie Holland, Akiko Yano, The Black Keys, and many others. Marc works regularly with Grammy® award winning producer T Bone Burnett and NY composer John Zorn. He has also performed on numerous film scores such as "Walk The Line” (Mangold), "The Kids Are All Right," and "The Departed" (Scorcese).
Henry Grimes is a heroic figure, one of the architects of avant-jazz and improvised music, an artist who played, toured, and / or recorded in the 1960s with Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, and many more, and then went through 35 years of very hard times without an instrument to play. He made a triumphant return to the music world in 2003 and has been surpassing himself and all expectations ever since. In recent years, Mr. Grimes has played, toured, and / or recorded with (among others) Marshall Allen, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Wadada Leo Smith, and again, Cecil Taylor. Henry also made his professional debut on a second instrument, the violin, with Cecil Taylor at Lincoln Center in 2007, and the first published volume of Henry's poetry, "Signs Along the Road," appeared in print the following year, with more volumes to follow. Henry Grimes can be heard on 90 recordings on various labels.
Chad Taylor is one of the most in-demand drummers. He has played a crucial role in the Chicago music scene having formed the Chicago Underground Ensembles with trumpeter Rob Mazurek and guitarist Jeff Parker in the late 90s when he also started performing with the Fred Anderson trio and Sticks and Stones (with Matana Roberts and Josh Abrahms). In 2001 he moved to New York and has since performed with Sam Prekop, Triptych Myth with Cooper-Moore, Iron & Wine, The Swell Season and Marc Ribot's Spiritual Unity trio. He has appeared on more than 50 recordings and has worked with Pharoah Sanders, Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Joe McPhee, Peter Brötzmann, Nicole Mitchell, Jim O'Rourke, Charles Gayle, Malachi Favours, Roy Campbell and countless other great improvisers. He currently leads his own band Circle Down.
"To a packed, sold out hall, resplendent in an academic way, these fine gentlemen not only blew the blues away, they blew the world's current strife and woe away and replaced them, for a stunning temporal moment, with the absolute possibility of ecstasy and joy." - All About Jazz review of the Trio at Bishopgates Institute-London 2011