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Marc Ribot: The Ghost in the Guitar

Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot
Brothers in Ayler: Henry Grimes, Chad Taylor, Marc Ribot and Roy Campbell

Marc Ribot keeps a hectic, fragmented schedule. He’s just returned to New York City after touring Europe with his latest band, Spiritual Unity, which honors the music of avant-garde icon Albert Ayler-though the day before he left he managed to fit in sessions with Peruvian singer Susana Baca. A few days later he’s playing with Kenny Wollesen, John Medeski, Chris Wood and others to celebrate Music Mobe, Ribot’s new database project that will link social activists and musicians-like Friendster for progressive people. After that? “I don’t know,” Ribot says. “I keep busy.”

That sort of seat-of-the-pants eclecticism is befitting of a guitarist who seems less concerned with maintaining an image than committing himself to whatever style or sound happens to catch his ear.

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