Marc Ribot

Genres: Blues Jazz Music Magazines Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

21 May 1954, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Ribot began playing guitar as a child, informally joining several garage bands while studying formally with classical guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus. Later, Ribot would dedicate an album to this Haitian-born guitarist-composer. In 1978, Ribot played with Brother Jack McDuff and Wilson Pickett, then joined the Realtones and the Uptown Horns Band. The latter group was on numerous recording sessions with artists such as Solomon Burke, Carla Thomas and Rufus Thomas. The following year, Ribot joined John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards where he remained for five years. Owing in part to this engagement, and the concurrent popularity of New York’s downtown scene, Ribot’s blues-inflected playing began attracting a great deal of attention. Subsequently, he played with Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull and Tom Waits. Eager to explore other areas of popular music, Ribot worked with a wide range of performers, effortlessly...

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