Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Ches Smith

Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Ches Smith


Marc Ribot
with Henry Grimes & Ches Smith

Sunday, June 1, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Marc Ribot

Marc Ribot with Henry Grimes & Ches Smith

On the heels of his blockbuster engagement at New York’s Village Vanguard, maverick guitarist Marc Ribot brings his sublimely expressive jazz trio to the Miner Auditorium to conclude his four-night residency. Consisting of Ribot, bass legend Henry Grimes and drummer Ches Smith (filling in for Chad Taylor), the band was formed from the rhythm section of his Spiritual Unity band, a group devoted to re-creating the music of iconic saxophonist Albert Ayler. Like Spiritual Unity, Ribot’s trio takes inspiration from Ayler, infusing his ecstatic spirit into their powerfully dynamic improvisations. Henry Grimes has a special connection to Ayler, working with the saxophonist in the mid-60s and appearing on a number of his most enduring recordings, including the landmark 1967 Impulse date, Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village. Grimes has one of the most compelling stories to emerge from the jazz world in recent times, becoming disillusioned with music in the late 1960s and effectively disappearing for 35 years. Upon his “rediscovery” in 2002, he has been in constant demand as a leader and sideman. This special performance is a CD release event for the trio’s new album on Pi Recordings, which documents their blockbuster Village Vanguard engagement.

Artist Personnel

Marc Ribot guitar
Henry Grimes bass
Ches Smith drums

Artist Website


"One of the most individual of guitarists and a master of introverted ironies... " — The Village Voice
"…majestic, mysterious, rooted to the moment but also tapping into a deeper current... ...a rough astonishment, restless and altogether riveting. " — The New York Times

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