Bill Ware: Caravan
Bill Ware (electric vibraphone)
Sir Duke (Knitting Factory 295)
Composed by Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol & Irving Mills.
Recorded: Studio 900. New York City
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
From Bill Ware's Duke Ellington tribute record, we have Bill Ware's vibraphone and Marc Ribot's irrepressible guitar answering “Yes!” to the question Does the world need another cover of “Caravan”? In Ribot, Ware has discovered the perfect foil. The guitar begins with plenty of unresolved chords, dissonant intervals, sly figures, and taunting silences – then the fun begins. Ware unfurls that classic theme while Ribot comps (and swings) like mad, alternating chords with walking basslines. This inspires Ware to some tremendous, rippling solo passages. When the roles are reversed, Ribot is more than up to the task. Best of all, it sounds like the guys were having a load of fun.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski