LIVE: Marc Ribot & Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” @ MASS MoCA, 7/9/11

July 14th, 2011, 1:30 pm by Greg

You never know what’ll happen when today’s musicians apply their sensibilities to classic films of the silent era: Dave Douglas gave Fatty Arbuckle’s creations a decidedly modern twist; Steve Bernstein’s Millenial Territory Orchestra stayed pretty traditional when they backed a series of Laurel & Hardy shorts; and the ever-unpredictable Bill Frisell took sounds from both eras to add to the madness of Buster Keaton’s 1920 two-reeler “One Week.”

So what kind of original music (and accompanying style) would Marc Ribot bring to MASS MoCA’s screening of “The Kid,” Charlie Chaplin’s first feature-length film?

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ALLEN TOUSSAINT’s “The Bright Mississippi”

April 24th, 2009, 12:45 pm by Greg

toussaint(Nonesuch, 2009):
After his high-profile collaboration with Elvis Costello on 2006’s “The River in Reverse,” New Orleans music godfather Toussaint serves up a curve ball. Eschewing R&B, Crescent City soul and pop, the pianist jumps into the jazz world with both feet, tackling time-honored nuggets from Jellyroll Morton, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and more. He is surrounded by some great players – including Albany’s Don Byron on clarinet, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and guitarist Marc Ribot – but producer Joe Henry makes sure that the spotlight is focused squarely on Toussaint’s talented fingers. There’s nothing virtuosic here, but that seems to be the whole point. Everything is right in the pocket. Classic stuff.

Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi

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