Marc Ribot, born in Newark in 1954, took classical guitar lessons as a teenager with Frantz Casseus. In 1978 he moved to New York and played with jazz organist Jack McDuff and soul singer Wilson Pickett, among others, and the Lounge Lizards from 1984 to 1989. During this time he also played in the bands of Tom Waits and Elvis Costello. His guitar playing is considered one of the crucial elements of the change in style that Waits made on "Rain Dogs". In 1990 he presented his own group "Rootless Cosmopolitans" with Don Bryon and Anthony Coleman. Although Ribot is generally considered avant-garde, he certainly has his popular side. Although he is left-handed, he plays a right-handed guitar. He compensates for the technical handicap with an individual and inventive way of playing. In 2008 he formed the trio Ceramic Dog with drummer Ches Smith and bassist Shahzad Ismaily.
Performers and additional information:
Marc Ribot (git, voc),
Shahzad Ismaily (perc, utility player),
Ches Smith (dr)
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