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Larry Corban: Emergence

Read "Emergence" reviewed by Geannine Reid

New York guitarist Larry Corban has once again come together with the Aperturistic Trio—pianist James Weidman, bassist Harvie S, drummer Steve Williams—for his fifth recording Emergence. Though titled like a debut album Emergence features a seasoned Corban employing a Gibson L-5 that easily navigates bold swinging on up-tempo burners, and tender musings on lyrical ballads. The ensemble is augmented by the indomitable saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi who adds an element of fierceness to four of the eight tunes. “Table ...

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Larry Corban & The Aperturistic Trio: The Corbanator

Read "The Corbanator" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New York-based guitarist Larry Corban took his time creating a follow-up to his debut-- Moving 4-Ward (Self Produced, 2002); it would be more than a decade before album number two--The Circle Starts Here (Nabroc Records, 2013)--would appear, but that one got the ball rolling again. Corban formed a strong connection with his trio mates on that project--bassist Harvie S and drummer Steve Williams--so he wisely brought them back for this album, adding pianist James Weidman--their band mate in The Aperturistic ...

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Larry Corban: The Circle Starts Here

Read "The Circle Starts Here" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Guitarist Larry Corban keeps a picture of Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) on the wall of his practice room. The Belgium-born Gypsy guitarist/swing pioneer was a master of tripping from single note melodies to crisp chords--and keeping it all swinging in his collaborations with violinist Stephane Grappelli.Corban takes his Django inspiration well on the opener of The Circle Starts Here CD, his first recorded outing since 2003's Moving 4-Ward (Self Produced). Corban says that opener, “Sideswiped," is a nod to ...

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Larry Corban: Moving 4-Ward

Read "Moving 4-Ward" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

From Larry Corban's tone on Moving 4-Ward, my guess is that the guitarist would make a helluva blues player. Sharp-edged, driving, metallic chording, stinging single notes, and the seemingly effortless ability to move back and forth between the two modes... he could be playing behind Buddy Guy. I don't know about his blues career, but Corban proves himself a fine jazzman on this quartet outing. The guitarist has played with qunitets, quartets, trios, duos behind singers; but on ...


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