by George Harris
Long gone are the days of jazz guitar being simply a vehicle for solo blowing sessions. Since Pat Metheny, six stringers are now looking for new sounds and directions, with these two albums providing rich ideas and wide scopes.
Guitarist Larry Corban does some miraculous work teaming with the flexible bass work of Harvie S nd the core team of James Weidman/p, Steve Williams/dr and guest tenor saxist Jerry Bergonzi for a mix of jazz standards and originals. Bergonizi’s breathy and modern tenor blows a sleek feel to a hip walking bass on “Sea Of Fire” and the team digs a deep rivulet for the bopping “On The Fly.” Most enjoyable are the unison lines of Corban with Bergonzi on the sublimely swinging and clean “Table Steaks” and the richly harmonized “Soon To Be” coaxed along by Willams’ cymbal. Harvie S does some wonderful nimble work on “You and the Night and the Music” and is lovingly romantic during “Non-Determinism,” strumming out a rich aria out front on “Never Let Me Go.” Classy and clever.