Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog – A Diverse and Exciting Experience in ‘Connection’

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Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog is a band that explores the boundaries of rock, jazz, and Americana, delivering a unique and energetic sound. Their latest album, Connection, offers listeners an intriguing journey through different styles, making for an enjoyable listening experience.

The Opening Riffs

The album opens with the title track, “Connection,” which wastes no time in setting the tone with its catchy two-note guitar riff and Ribot’s distinctive vocal style. The simple yet striking composition showcases the group’s ability to create engaging music while still keeping things relatively minimal.

A Heavier Turn

The second track, “Subsidiary,” takes a heavier approach, featuring a more intense rock sound and anti-capitalist sentiments. This is followed by “Soldiers in the Army of Love,” a reimagining of the Declaration of Independence accompanied by the relentless rhythm of Ribot, Shahzad Ismaily on synths, and Ches Smith on drums.

Exploring Various Styles

The album then transitions into “Ecstasy,” an artistic and political statement with a vocal delivery reminiscent of Frank Zappa. This is followed by “Swan,” a captivating piece that seems to draw influence from Sonny Sharrock and features a powerful performance on tenor sax by James Brandon Lewis.

As the album progresses, the band continues to mix things up, incorporating new voices and elements, such as Oscar Noriega on clarinet, Greg Lewis on Hammond organ, and Antony Coleman on farfisa organ.

A Playful Conclusion

The album concludes with “Crumbia,” a lively Latin-inspired instrumental that could be interpreted as tongue-in-cheek, but likely isn’t. This closing track offers a stark contrast to the album’s opening, showcasing the band’s impressive range and versatility.

An Album Worth Exploring

Throughout Connection, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog manages to maintain a sense of unpredictability while still providing a cohesive listening experience. The album’s mix of styles and moods ensures that there’s something for everyone, making it a worthwhile addition to any music lover’s collection.

For more information about the album or to listen for yourself, check out Connection on Bandcamp.

About Me

I’m Dr. Miles Beaumont from the charming town of York in the UK. I’ve spent over three decades as a medical doctor, helping people and contributing to important research. I graduated from Oxford University, and ever since, I’ve devoted myself to improving the health and lives of others.

When I’m not practicing medicine, you’ll find me soaking up the world of jazz music. It’s been a passion of mine since I turned 30, and I’ve been an active part of York’s jazz scene ever since. Whether it’s going to local gigs, listening to records at home, or just enjoying the rhythmic and improvisational magic of jazz, it’s a big part of who I am.