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Silent Movies (2010)

Artist: Marc Ribot
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Format: CD
Sku: 217000688
UPC: 808713003420
UPC 14: 00808713003420
Release Date: 9/28/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Variation 1 ~ Marc Ribot
2. Delancey Waltz ~ Marc Ribot
3. Flicker ~ Marc Ribot
4. Empty ~ Marc Ribot
5. Natalia in Eb Major ~ Marc Ribot
6. Solaris ~ Marc Ribot
7. Requiem for a Revolution ~ Marc Ribot
8. Fat Man Blues ~ Marc Ribot
9. Bateau ~ Marc Ribot
10. Radio ~ Marc Ribot
11. Postcard from N.Y. ~ Marc Ribot
12. Kid, The ~ Marc Ribot
13. Sous Le Ciel de Paris, The ~ Marc Ribot

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Marc Ribot (guitar).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Marc Ribot.
Muze PNote Recording information: Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY (02/03/2010-02/05/2010); Chez Moi Studios, Brooklyn, NY (02/03/2010-02/05/2010); The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA (02/03/2010-02/05/2010); Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY (05/06/2009); Chez Moi Studios, Brooklyn, NY (05/06/2009); The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA (05/06/2009); Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY (07/15/2009); Chez Moi Studios, Brooklyn, NY (07/15/2009); The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA (07/15/2009).
Muze PNote On his third recording for the indie Pi Recordings imprint -- home to some of the more exciting jazz recordings in the 21st century -- guitarist Marc Ribot takes yet another turn in his prolific career. Silent Movies is a collection of 13 solo guitar pieces, recorded in complete takes with minimal sonic atmospherics added in overdub. The album was partially inspired by his experience of playing live as accompanist to a screening of Charlie Chaplin's film The Kid. Some of these tunes were composed for Natalia Almada's documentary El General and others for Drunk Boat (unreleased). This is mostly the deeply melodic side of Ribot. These utterly lovely works (all written by the guitarist save for the album's final track) ask questions -- often delicately, always deliberately -- about the mysterious element that creates image from sound in the mind of a listener. While there isn't a dull moment here, there is a certain kind of reverie that is evoked in the hearing. Even at its most animated, such as on the flamenco-inspired "Flicker," the self-evidently titled "Fat Man Blues," or the two-minute feedback-laden introduction to "Postcard from N.Y." (which gives way to one of the most haunting melodic works here), there is a sense of space surrounding this music that is arresting in focus and even stillness. "Requiem for a Revolution" employs a gentle sense of dissonance that creates a mood juxtaposition, one that evokes idealism, pragmatism, and authoritarianism. "The Kid" touches on jazz, classical music, Chaplin's compositions, and even Nino Rota's more humorous moments. The set's final cut, "Sous le Ciel de Paris," is the title song to Julien Duvivier's film of the same name and was a hit for Edith Piaf. Ribot employs both elegance and a specific rawness (not in technique but in the physicality of the guitar's sound) to get at the emotion in the melody as sung by the great vocalist. He doesn't so much re-create it as expand its range of color and texture, even when it gives way to restrained sonic textures and white noise as the album whispers to a close. For those interested in one of the more compelling and quietly provocative and graceful guitar records of 2010, Silent Movies is well worth seeking out. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Jd Foster

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Progressions:100 Years Of Jazz Guitar
Muze Music Compilations Nueva York
Muze Music Compilations The Departed

Associated Artists and Works

Akchote, Noel
Anarchist Republic of BZZZ
Groove Thing
Jakob Ilja
Lucien Dubuis
Original Soundtrack
Wasserman, Rob

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/20/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : PI 34
Music Label Name Label : Pi Recordings
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00808713003420

Professional Reviews

Down Beat (p.68)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Vintage acoustics plays as much of a role as atmosphere. Performed with few overdubs and recorded utilizing old compressors and a mixing board, SILENT MOVIES hails from a bygone era."

JazzTimes (p.61)
- "He bays broodingly sentimental tribute to his hometown of NYC with 'Delancey Waltz' and 'Postcard from N.Y.,' and veers off into salty dissonance on 'Solaris,' which evokes Tarkovsky and John Fahey at once."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Ribot,Marc
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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