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photo by Lincoln Adler / Groove Tonic Media
The new record, "onward"
features Greg Sankovich,
Ross Wilson, Lincoln Adler, Russ Gold, Alan Hall,
Myles Boisen, and Kurt.
It's our best record yet. It was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley by Adam Muñoz and produced by Greg, Lincoln, and Kurt.
You can buy Kurt Ribak's CDs,
downloads, etc. online at CDBaby, on iTunes and all the other
usual online sources, at The
Groove Yard in Oakland at 5555 Claremont in Oakland, at Bird & Beckett Books & Records,
653 Chenery St., San Francisco, at Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA.
June 5, 8:30 PM -
Wednesday, July 24, 8:30 PM - 11 PM
The pickPocket Ensemble - "world cafe music"
3248 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110
I played on the pickPocket Ensemble's record "memory." Their music is like a musical Rorschach blot - leader Rick Corrigan writes all the music. Yates Brown is on guitar, John Slattery percussion, Matthew Souther trumpet. My old friend Chloe Allen is on violin. I've known her since my days in the circus.
Some people hear Roma (Gypsy) music, and I've met folks from central Europe who say the group's music is what they grew up with. The tunes are really good, regardless. Cafe Revolution is very much a bohemian kind of joint in the Mission.
Promotional events for our June 20 SFJAZZ and September 24 Freight & Salvage gigs:
Kurt Ribak free in-store
performance at Down Home Music in El Cerrito
Saturday, June 8, 2 PM to about 3:45 PM.
Down Home Music - https://www.downhomemusic.com
10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA
free - all ages
If you haven't
been to Down Home
Music in El Cerrito, you are missing
out big time. This store is one of my
favorite things about the Bay Area. They
call themselves "The World's Jukebox." They
aren't kidding. You want Tuvan
throat-singing records? They got 'em.
Gospel music recordings from the 1920s?
ditto. Congolese Rumba? Yep.
Vinyl? Oh yes. 78s? Go to their
We'll be promoting our upcoming SFJAZZ show and our recording "ONWARD". Greg Sankovich will be on keys, Lincoln Adler on sax.
I (Kurt) will be interviewed by Alisa Clancy on KCSM's "Morning Cup of Jazz." She has interviewed me several times in the past - people have commented on our on-air rapport. Plus you get to hear me talk when I probably haven't had much sleep and am likely to say something I hadn't planned to say.
Below: Our two
biggest shows of the year:
Kurt Ribak Quintet plays the San Francisco Jazz Festival!
Thursday, June 20 - Two sets, 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM
SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab
201 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
tickets - https://www.sfjazz.org/tickets/productions/kurt-ribak-quartet/
all ages, $34.50 - $25.00 for SFJAZZ members
More details to come, but this show will be in SFJAZZ's small room - the Joe Henderson Lab. It's the glass room you see from the street . We'll have most of the same folks as at our Freight & Salvage show last year - Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax, Myles Boisen electric guitar and lap steel guitar, and Kurt on bass and vocals.
SFJAZZ wrote some really nice stuff about us -
“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 "."
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 , his most personal statement to date. With a renewed sense of urgency and the accompaniment of his telepathic quartet, including saxophonist Lincoln Adler and keyboardist Greg Sankovich, Kurt Ribak is back for the long haul.
Buy our CDs online - or buy
Video interviews of Kurt Ribak
video interviews were made by Lincoln
Adler - www.LincolnAdler.com.
Lincoln plays with us often and is the
saxophonist of Times
4, the jazz-funk group Greg
Sankovich also plays in.
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