Saints (Marc Ribot album)

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Studio album by Marc Ribot
Released September 18, 2001
Genre Avant-garde jazz
Length 42:34
Label Atlantic
Producer JD Foster
Marc Ribot chronology
Muy Divertido!
(2000)Muy Divertido!2000
Inasmuch as Life is Borrowed
(2001)Inasmuch as Life is Borrowed2001

Saints is a 2001 album of solo guitar recorded by Marc Ribot. It features several interpretations of compositions by Albert Ayler, as well as traditional spirituals, jazz standards, showtunes, and a song by The Beatles.


The Allmusic review by Alex Henderson states, "Ribot approaches avant-garde jazz in a very different way. Saints is full of discernible melodies; typically, Ribot will warmly embrace a melody before he ventures outside. And that inside/outside contrast serves him well throughout this excellent and very unpredictable CD".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Saints" (Albert Ayler) – 4:39
  2. "Book of Heads #13" (John Zorn) – 3:33
  3. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (George Bassman, Ned Washington) – 4:13
  4. "Empty" (Marc Ribot, Francois Lardeau) – 2:21
  5. "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 4:32
  6. "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" (Doc Daughtery, Al Neiburg, Ellis Reynolds) – 4:01
  7. "Go Down Moses" (Traditional; arranged by Ribot) – 4:04
  8. "St. James Infirmary" (Traditional; arranged by Ribot) – 3:42
  9. "Somewhere" (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim) – 2:41
  10. "Holy Holy Holy" (Traditional; arranged by Ribot) – 4:38
  11. "It Could Have Been Very Beautiful" (John Lurie) – 4:10
  12. "Witches and Devils" (Albert Ayler) – 4:24



  1. ^ a b Henderson, A. Allmusic Review accessed August 3, 2009