Noël Akchoté & Marc Ribot: Street Woman
Lust Corner (Winter and Winter 19)
Recorded: New York, June 10 & 14, 1996
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Noël Akchoté, a French guitarist with a strong cult following, began his career playing bop with Chet Baker and Tal Farlow, and then gradually entered the world of the avant-garde, where collaborations with Fred Frith, Sam Rivers and Derek Bailey followed. More recently, he has released four albums on the Winter and Winter label: two solo recordings (one of which, Sonny II, is a tribute to Sonny Sharrock), Rien, an experimental collaboration with two turntable/computer-based musicians, and Lust Corner, a collection of guitar duets with either New York-underground-hero-turned-session-great Marc Ribot or American improviser/guitarist/banjoist Eugene Chadborne. On "Street Woman," Akchoté and Ribot attack their guitars with Ornette's harmolodics and Hendrix's blistering sound effects. Ornette meets Hendrix? Yup – these two ingenious players will surely make you laugh with their playful playing, and if you pump the volume up enough, it might just make you cry at the same time!
Reviewer: Eric Novod