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 (HERE). The 2002 follow-up/finale, Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining), is cut from the same cloth (HERE). We’ve got some of Ribot’s difficult music, Yo! I Killed Your God, in the archives, HERE. Check out Ribot’s work on John Zorn Plays The Music Of Ennio Morricone, 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)


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

    Search HERE.

  • Supersonic75
    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.

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

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

      • Supersonic75
        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.

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

    Sounds interesting…I’ll bite! thanks,

  • Slidewell
    September 7, 2014 - 09:02 | Permalink

    This is my favorite incarnation of the enigma that is Marc Ribot. Sure would have loved to have seen this band live.

    An album that shares some of the experimental eclecticism of Ribot’s Prosthetic Cubans, is Orlando Cachaito Lopez’s ‘Cachaito’. The Beuna Vista Social Club bassist breaks from the traditional Cuban format on his solo album. Instead of using piano or tres, the basic ensemble contains Hammond organ and electric guitar. The result is a new sound that mixes surf guitar, turntables, tropical string sounds, and B3 to a master rhythm section.

    Orlando Cachaito Lopez-(2001) Cachaito @320 – UPGRADED

  • pjr
    September 7, 2014 - 17:10 | Permalink

    Very Much digging this -as with a lot of this sites esoteric and friendly nature.Many Thanks Again -and Again Willard

  • vic
    September 7, 2014 - 17:18 | Permalink

    Thanks for the Ribot! Definitely a tonic for the ears

  • Bob 1950
    September 7, 2014 - 21:04 | Permalink

    Picked the Prosthetic cubans up for a dollar in the discount bin a while back. Have followed him since, including his amazing work with Tom Waits and John Zorn. Always interesting.

  • juan
    September 10, 2014 - 14:19 | Permalink

    en el peru,año 72 hasta los 80 los destellos en base a guitarras electricas hicieron este tipo de musica,la cumbia peruana con fuzz y pedal,por lo demas muy bueno Ribot.

  • perrinyone
    September 10, 2014 - 17:35 | Permalink

    Oh man, I love that first album, and now I’m psyched for the second one, thanks General W! That second song is fantastic. Ribot played many times at a club I used to work at….I can say that he gave 100% to every show, taking risks, and really beat himself up afterwards if he thought he missed the mark. Just being face to face with the man who turned my head when I first heard…I guess it was “Rain Dogs”?….it was definitely Waits…..a major honor!

    I don’t know how i missed this one! This has been here since 2013!

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