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Kurt Ribak (2006)

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Kurt Ribak (pronounced REE-bok, like the shoes) grew up in Berkeley, CA. Early musical experiences included singing in the San Francisco Boys Chorus. In grade school Kurt began studying the cello. Kurt later studied with major cellists, including Bonnie Hampton, Susie Napper, and Elisabeth LeGuin.

Kurt has played with many prominent musicians. Among them are jazz/blues vocalist Faye Carol, new music composer Paul Dresher, Broadway singer Lillias Brooks, JC Hopkins (writer and former bandleader for Norah Jones), guitarist Adam Levy, sideman with Tracy Chapman and Norah Jones, and with Ralph Carney, best known for his work with Tom Waits. Kurtís also played with prominent non-jazz musicians, including Danny Carnahan of Wake the Dead and Eric and Suzy Thompson, who have received international acclaim for their performances of bluegrass and Cajun music. Kurt also appeared as an actor in commercial videos and films, including Erica Jordanís "In the Wake" (released in 2001) and Rob Nilssonís upcoming release "Scheme." He also contributed music to both films.
In 2001 Kurt started his own group, the Kurt Ribak Trio, which has been his primary musical focus. In 2003 he re-connected with UC Jazz Ensembles bandmate Greg Sankovich, the trioís pianist. The Kurt Ribak Trio features Kurtís own compositions but includes select jazz standards and under-appreciated tunes from the Great American Songbook. The Kurt Ribak Trioís second CD, "more," featuring his compositions, has just been released on Rodia Records.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Charles Mingus The Clown Haitian Fight Song (Atlantic)
# 2 Abdullah Ibrahim Water from an Ancient Well Water from an Ancient Well (Tiptoe Ekapa)
# 3 John Coltrane Ken Burns Jazz Alabama (Verve)
# 4 The Meters Funkify Your Life Cissy Strut (Rhino)
# 5 Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners Brilliant Corners (OJC)
# 6 J.S. Bach Jaap ter Linden Suite No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1007 (Harmonia Mundi)
# 7 Roberto Goyeneche and Astor Piazzolla Cafť Argentina Vuelvo al Sur (Metro)
# 8 Toots and the Maytals The Very Best of Toots and the Maytals Pressure Drop (Island)
Book The Complete Works of Shakespeare
Luxury Item "A cask of Lagavulin or Laphroaig--or perhaps a still! Failing that, a nice set of woodworking tools."
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Count Basie The Atomic Mr Basie Li'l Darlin' (Roulette)
Alt 2 James Carter Conversin' with the Elders Freereggaehibop (Atlantic)
Alt 3 Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison and at San Quentin Long Black Veil (Columbia)
Alt 4 Paul Chambers Chambers Music Visitation (Blue Note)
Alt 5 Ray Charles Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Unchain My Heart (Rhino)
Alt 6 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman My One and Only Love (Impulse)
Alt 7 Duke Ellington The Blanton-Webster Band Cottontail (Bluebird)
Alt 8 Duke Ellington At Newport Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue (Columbia)
Alt 9 Duke Ellington The Blanton-Webster Band Koko (Bluebird)
Alt 10 Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins The Duke Meets Coleman Hawkins Limbo Jazz (Impulse)
Alt 11 Duke Ellington and John Coltrane Duke Ellington and John Coltrane In a Sentimental Mood (Impulse)
Alt 12 Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach Money Jungle Fleurette Africaine (Blue Note)
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