Kurt Ribak Quartet
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Kurt Ribak
Bay Area Bassist

Kurt Ribak Quartet

JUN 11–23 | 37th San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 20
Joe Henderson Lab

“Joyous,” “grooving,” “bluesy,” “sophisticated,” and “masterful” could all be accurately use to describe bassist and composer Kurt Ribak’s music, but perhaps an assessment is best left to the man himself, who calls his rollicking mix of bebop sophistication and body-moving grooves “Charles Mingus meets The Meters.” Ribak brings his superb working quartet, performing music from their most recent album Onward.

A Berkeley native, Ribak parlayed his formative musical experiences as a cellist and member of the San Francisco Boys Chorus into a passion for the bass, studying at Cal Berkeley and Boston’s Berklee College of Music before returning to the East Bay and establishing a well-deserved reputation as one of the most respected creative forces on the scene. At the top of his creative game, Ribak suffered a devastating injury in a 2012 car accident that shattered his left arm and led to a dozen surgeries, leaving the bassist’s musical future in serious doubt. Through extensive physical rehab and endless persistence, Ribak re-learned to play and eventually returned to the bandstand, and it is this hard-won struggle to reclaim his life and career that led to Onward, his most personal statement to date. With a renewed sense of urgency and the accompaniment of his telepathic quartet, including saxophonist Lincoln Adler, keyboardist Greg Sankovich, and drummer Alan Hall, Kurt Ribak is back for the long haul.

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Ribak has established a well-deserved reputation as one of the most respected creative forces on the scene.

Kurt's ability to take you on a journey from the deepest waters of the Caribbean to the funky alleys of the urban jungle in one listening makes him a truly gifted original in my book.

Chris Cortez, KCSM

Kurt's ability to take you on a journey from the deepest waters of the Caribbean to the funky alleys of the urban jungle in one listening makes him a truly gifted original in my book.

Chris Cortez, KCSM

Personnel

Kurt Ribak bass & vocals
Lincoln Adler saxophones
Greg Sankovich piano
Myles Boisen guitar & lap steel guitar
David Rokeach drums

...nice big bass tone, reggae meets swing, Family Man Barrett meets Gene Harris.

Whit Browne, Berklee College of Music

...nice big bass tone, reggae meets swing, Family Man Barrett meets Gene Harris.

Whit Browne, Berklee College of Music

Personnel

Kurt Ribak bass & vocals
Lincoln Adler saxophones
Greg Sankovich piano
Myles Boisen guitar & lap steel guitar
David Rokeach drums

Watch & Listen

Kurt Ribak

Blue Mambo

Kurt Ribak

Township Jive

Kurt Ribak

Blue Mambo

Kurt Ribak

Township Jive