Shoe String Symphonettes

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Shoe String Symphonettes
Soundtrack album by Marc Ribot
Released March 18, 1997
Genre Avant-garde jazz, experimental music
Length 45:13
Label Tzadik
Producer JD Foster
Marc Ribot chronology
Don't Blame Me
(1995)
Shoe String Symphonettes
(1997)
The Prosthetic Cubans
(1998)

Shoe String Symphonettes is a 1997 album of film music by Marc Ribot released on Tzadik Records.[1]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Sean Cooper awarded the album 3 stars stating "Symphonettes features some of Ribot's most compelling work to date, both creatively augmenting the originals and sketching out cinematic spaces more or less autonomous from the films they were inspired by".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions are by Marc Ribot except where noted.

  1. "Looks Like Hell" – 2:17
  2. "Hitman" – 2:07
  3. "Aelita Suite I: Martian/Lost in Space/More Martians/Harping and Burning/Prepare for Landing" – 6:46
  4. "Montuno" – 3:28
  5. "Bells" (Albert Ayler) – 1:07
  6. "Aelita Suite II: Martian Telescope/Men of Science" – 3:05
  7. "Before the Prison Riot" – 3:28
  8. "You Kill Him" – 5:01
  9. "Surf's Down" – 1:27
  10. "Paul's There" – 2:22
  11. "Did You?" – 2:05
  12. "Aelita Suite III: A Message from Mars/Martian Battle/Avante Popolo" – 6:54
  13. "End Credits (Landlord Blues)" – 2:12
  14. "End Credits (Death By Unnatural Causes)" – 2:54
  • Tracks 1, 5 and 14 were recorded at Bear Track, New York City for the short film Death By Unnatural Causes (1991).
  • Tracks 2, 4 and 13 were recorded at Studio Crisp, New York City for the film Landlord Blues.
  • Tracks 3, 6 and 12 were recorded live at the Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London in 1995 and used in the film Aelita, Queen of Mars. The end of track 12 was recorded live at the Knitting Factory, New York City.
  • Tracks 7, 8, 10 and 11 were recorded at Studio 900, New York City in 1996 for the film Pieces from an Incomplete Project.
  • Track 9 was recorded at Splash Studios, New York City in 1993 for the film Summer Salt.

Personnel[edit]

  • Marc Ribot – guitars, sampler, trumpet, banjo, E-flat horn
  • Greg Cohen (1, 14) – bass
  • Jill Jaffe (1, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14) – violin, viola
  • Brad Jones (2, 4, 13) – bass
  • Bill Ware (2, 4, 13) – vibraphone
  • Curtis Fowlkes (2, 4, 13) – trombone
  • Jim Nolet (2, 4, 13) – violin
  • Roy Nathanson (2, 4, 13) – saxophone
  • E.J. Rodriguez (2, 4, 13) – drums, percussion
  • Gregory Ribot (2, 4, 13) – flute
  • Paul Clarvis (3, 6, 12) – drums, percussion
  • Dave Maric (3, 6, 12) – keyboards
  • Phil Boyden (3, 6, 12) – violin
  • Helen Thomas (3, 6, 12) – cello
  • Mike Kearsey (3, 6, 12) – trombone
  • Anthony Coleman (12b) – organ
  • Ikue Mori (12b) – percussion
  • Jim Staley (12b) – trombone
  • Dave Douglas (7, 8, 10, 11) – trumpet
  • Vicki Bodner (7, 8, 10, 11) – oboe
  • Charlie Giordano (7, 8, 10, 11) – piano, keyboards
  • Mauro Refosco (7, 8, 10, 11) – percussion
  • Maxine Neuman (7, 8, 10, 11) – cello
  • Tony Garnier (7, 8, 10, 11) – bass
  • John Zorn (9) – saxophone
  • Andy Haas (9) – saxophone
  • Cyro Baptista (9) – drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tzadik catalogue
  2. ^ a b Cooper, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 4, 2011.