MARC RIBOT Y LOS CUBANOS POSTIZOS (The Prosthetic Cubans) (1998) & Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining) (2002)

(The Prosthetic Cubans) (1998)
Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining) (2002)
Avant Guitarist Starts A Cuban Revolution

Ribot is best known as a downtown, avant garde jazz player with The Lounge Lizards and John Zorn, as well as his more noticeable appearances via albums & tours with Elvis Costello and Tom Waits. In 1998, however, Ribot somehow got himself signed to Atlantic Records and recorded this breakout fusion of live-in-the-loft, downtown small-combo Cubano music. Stand-up bass, wood blocks and assorted percussion punctuate the band’s Latin urgency and Ribot’s aggressively angular guitar work is both inspiring and infectious. When Ribot easily makes his guitar sound like steel drums, you know you’re in the presence of a master. I had the pleasure of catching these guys in a small club around the turn of the century and wasn’t necessarily surprised that Ribot & Co. live sounds exactly like their debut, (The Prosthetic Cubans), at Amazon, HEREThe 2002 follow-up/finale, Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining), is cut from the same cloth, HERE. We’ve got some of Ribot’s difficult music in the archives, HERE.

Aurora En Pekin (5:31)
Aqui Como Alla
Como Se Goza En El Barrio (3:30)
Postizo (4:56)
No Me Llores Mas (5:40)
Los Teenagers Bailan Changui (4:50)
Fiesta En El Solar (5:06)
La Vida Es Un Sueno (3:30)
Esclavo Triste (6:07)
Choserito Plena (2:47)

MUY DIVERTIDO! (Very Entertaining)
Dame Un Cachito Pa’Huele (3:15)
Las Lomas De New Jersey (4:37)
El Gaucho Rojo (5:56)
Obsesion (4:20)
El Divorcio (3:44)
Se Formo El Bochinche (4:30)
Baile Baile Baile (4:04)
No Puedo Freinar (4:31)
Jaguey (4:33)
Carmela Dame La Llave (3:14)


  • 1
    Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 21:02 | Permalink

    Get them HERE.

  • 2
    July 30, 2013 - 21:52 | Permalink

    I also saw them live (in NYC, at Tonic) in 2001 (I think) and they absolutely ripped the place apart; they were amazing. My girlfriend at the time had been bitching about how late they were going on and wanted us to leave; I refused (it’s possible that it was a double bill with Masada, my memory is not so great for some of these details). What I do remember is that, by the third song she was as mesmerized as I was and dancing all the while. Ribot really has done some fabulous/difficult/beautiful projects, but this band was FUN! Thanks for the post; I haven’t heard the records in years.

    • 3
      July 30, 2013 - 21:58 | Permalink

      Thanks for being the only commenter in 2-1/2 years.

      • 4
        July 31, 2013 - 06:37 | Permalink

        I was definitely kinda surprised that nobody else chose to say anything about them.
        That aside, I found your blog only recently and it’s been a joy just to explore it and hear some great music in the process. Thanks, as always.

  • 5
    September 30, 2013 - 20:35 | Permalink

    Sounds interesting…I’ll bite! thanks,

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