Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Kurt Ribak

Jass bassist Kurt Ribak has served as a kind of real-life alter ego to my fictional private eye, August Riordan.

Kurt Ribak

In Candy from Strangers, August plays a gig with his sidekick Chris Duckworth at the House of Shields. I picked the venue because Kurt has played there frequently, often accompanying singer Lorna K.

Lorna K

And in Runoff, I pretty much ripped off Kurt and Lorna's whole set list in the description I gave of August's and Chris' gig at Shanghai 1930.

Last night I attended a fantastic show Kurt and his group, the Kurt Ribak Trio, gave at at Yoshi's, San Francisco's premiere jazz club. Although the club prohibits photography (ahem), I managed to snap these pictures of Kurt and Lorna performing, as well as this one of Lincoln Adler soling on Kurt's composition "Pseudoafrocubanismo".

Lincoln Adler

In a further example of real life inspiring fiction, Kurt was kind enough to allow public radio station KQED to use "Pseudoafrocubanismo" in the recording they did of the first chapter of Candy from Strangers.

Kurt and his group have three albums out: the self-titled Kurt Ribak Trio, More and their latest, Gone. Check them out--they are all excellent. After hearing it performed last night, I particularly commend Kurt's tune, "Tango Para Mi Padre" from Gone.

1 Comments:

At 1:41 PM, Blogger kurtribak said...

Thanks for the comments about the Yoshi's gig - that was a very satisfying show for us. It was great to see you there.

I just finished "Runoff." It was a bit unnerving seeing a night of playing at Shanghai 1930 show up seen through the eyes of Riordan. You got a lot of the details of that night down pat. Lorna, of course, is biologically female unlike the Chris Duckworth character, though. Personally, I drink Maker's Mark when there is no Laphroaig or Lagavulin affordable or nearby. But Maker's is what I customarily order in bars - I even had one at Yoshi's on June 30 when somebody bought me a drink.

Anyway, thanks for coming to the show, thanks for the great photos and comments, and special thanks for acknowledging me in "Runoff." That was an entirely new experience for me.

 

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