LIVE: Marc Ribot @ Quinn’s, 3/6/16
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Most music aficionados will recognize his name from his 20-year plus association with Tom Waits and Elvis Costello. Fans of the avant-garde will recognize his work with John Zorn. He has also played Cuban music with his band Los Cubanos Positivos.
He showcased a little of all of these influences earlier this month, playing solo acoustic guitar with assorted unusual accessories. The Sunday evening set consisted of snippets of blues, Albert Ayler, John Coltrane and standards.
The John Zorn compositions were played with a balloon that was ceremoniously popped at the end of the composition. At the other extreme was an extremely lyrical version of the standard “Body and Soul,” proving that he can play pretty when he wants to. And the set was ended with the Beatles’ “And I Love Her.”
Opening the evening was the similarly multi-genred percussionist Mike Pride, well known for the multiple bands he has played in – from backing avant-garde mathematically based composer Anthony Braxton to his own punk band Dynamite Club. At Quinn’s, Pride played a medley of his own work, starting with a hypnotizing glockenspiel solo played with both single and double mallet technique. This was followed by solo trap drum work, highlighted by bowing his tom tom.
The two soloists jammed together to end the evening – a totally appropriate way to end an evening of music for an adventurous listener.
More of Rudy Lu’s photographs of this concert at Rudy Lu Photos