Larry Corban is reviewed by Take Effect

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TAKE EFFECT

Larry Corban

Emergence

Nabroc, 2019

8/10

Listen to Emergence

A New York City jazz guitarist and composer now with 5 albums under his belt as bandleader, on Emergence Larry Corban is again aligned with the Aperturistic Trio as well as saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi for 8 tunes of upbeat fun as well as moving balladry.

“Sea Of Fire” gets the album off to lively, up tempo, swinging fun, before the playful “Table Steaks” follows with an intricate solo from pianist James Weidman. Elsewhere, “Observer Effect” brings bossa influences to the dynamic interplay, while “Soon To Be” finds the ensemble in contemplative waters with much adventurous beauty.

The second half of the album is equally glorious, with the highly rhythmic “Never Let Me Go”, the rich guitar work and keys of “On The Fly”, and the emotive balladry of “Non-Determinism”. “You And The Night And The Music” ends the album strong with adept drumming and the kind of chemistry that comes from playing together for years.

An extremely well fleshed out listen with plenty of hard bop ideas, all fans of jazz should be captivated by not only Corban’s skill here, but his all star cast who have proved time and again that they’re the best in the business.

Travels well with: Pat MartinoNightwings; John ScofieldBar Talk

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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