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There are many adjectives that describe Marc Ribot -- some of the ones that immediately come to mind include adventurous, experimental, fearless, and eclectic. But one adjective one won't hear in connection with Ribot is predictable. Capable of playing everything from jazz to rock to classical, the guitarist is one of music's more unpredictable figures. Released in 2001, Saints is an avant-garde jazz outing that finds Ribot playing unaccompanied solo guitar. There are no drums or bass here -- it's just Ribot and his guitar, and the explorer successfully turns his attention to everything from the Beatles' "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" and Stephen Sondheim's "Somewhere" to the standard "St. James Infirmary" (which has been heard countless times in Dixieland and classic jazz settings, but lends itself equally well to an avant-garde makeover). Ribot also brings his distinctive guitar to the famous spiritual "Go Down Moses," as well as two pieces by '60s free jazz firebrand Albert Ayler: "Witches and Devils" and the title song. Although Ribot's playing is quite free, it's also quite musical. This isn't an album of atonal chaos; the guitarist favors an inside/outside approach, and even though his improvisations are left-of-center, Saints isn't as far to the left as an album by saxophonist Charles Gayle (just to give one example) would be. That isn't to say that Gayle's atonality isn't equally valid -- only that Ribot approaches avant-garde jazz in a very different way. Saints is full of discernible melodies; typically, Ribot will warmly embrace a melody before he ventures outside. And that inside/outside contrast serves him well throughout this excellent and very unpredictable set.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2001
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678346125
catalogNumber: 83461
Rank: 96315

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Ribot   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Evan Lurie   Composer
Marc Ribot   Arranger,Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Dougie Bowne   Composer
J.D. Foster   Producer,Engineer
Curtis Fowlkes   Composer
Roy Nathanson   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Erik Sanko   Composer
Doc Daugherty   Composer
François Lardeau   Computer Consultant,Sonic Consultant
Traditional   Composer
Martin Ogolter   Art Direction
Joe Primrose   Composer
Suzanne Fiol   Cover Photo,Inlay Photography

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