Admittedly, I’m not the greatest expert nor lover of avant guard jazz, but American guitarist Marc Ribot’s Quartet and his “Starship Project” was rather entertaining in Udine.
A Euritmica production, the title is in reference to John Coltraine’s 1965 “Sunship” jazz. Ribot was joined up on a very no-frills stage with three other members: a very young second guitarist Mary Halvorson (very good too), bass player Jason Ajemian and drummer Chad Taylor.
And how can one define Ribot’s music? Well, from the pictures, you can see that the fellow’s quite intense when it comes to playing the guitar, no Pete Townshend mind you, but nevertheless a pretty intense guitarist. His style is a mixture of free/punk/avant guard jazz. Ribot himself is considered an icon of this kind of music, someone who’s also been Tom Waits’s guitarist (and THAT says it all!) and who’s also played with the likes of Bill Frisell, Elvis Costello, Laurie Anderson, Vinicio Capossela, Marisa Monte and Mick Jagger’s first and famous girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull. He’s also been working for years with John Zorn whom also played in Udine several years ago. Energetic, to say the least, Mr. Ribot!