FAME Review: Larry Corban – The Corbanator by Mark S. Tucker

FAME Review: Larry Corban & the Aperturistic Trio – The Corbanator
by Mark S. Tucker

Larry Corban’s the kind of amphetamine-fingered guitarist who won’t play three notes when 30 can be fitted in, the ilk of caffeinated six string conversationalist technicians and progressive listeners are always a-hunt for. The Corbanator opens with a fiery swing number, his own Dizzy Affairs, and if the nomenclature is an homage to the famed Gillespie, then the rendition’s spot-on…and if it ISN’T thusly written, it’s still squarely on the mark, ’cause Diz spieled out tons of great solos just like Corban’s simultaneous melody line / improv chops. His dexterities and acumen aren’t accidental, having played with a roster of estimables.

If you’re inclined to love the fusiony side of trad jazz, this is the disc for you. Corban gets so involved in complex lines that at times it appears he’s ready to jump into noise and the avant-garde—never does, but I had to get out the flatboard in order to hand-iron the extra crenellations the cuts grooved into my brain, so convoluted and abstruse were they. Sweeeeeet! This is Grant Green by way of John McLaughlin. Pianist James Weidman frequently jumps into the deep end as well but also possesses a comping technique that damn near becomes co-conversational with Corban’s solos. The inimitable Harvie S, a cat with a pedigree so long and esteemed that…no! no! I can’t go there lest Lethe descend once more!, so suffice it to say his lines are thick and meaty even when restrained. With that guy, every note counts and is well considered.

Drummer Steve Williams has, as critics noted in the group’s debut (The Circle Starts Here—and, hey, if THAT’S a reference to the cool-beyond-cool old Corea/Braxton/Holland/Altschul band, Circle, then it too is apropos ’cause Corban woulda tore it up inside that legendary aggregate), a discernable Tony Williams element strongly evident, and he’s all over the place in cuts like Event Horizon. The 1938 chestnut Old Folks tempers things down into balladry, letting the ensemble catch its collective breath while allowing the audience to extinguish its flaming hair, a measured jazzy waltz named for the rest home set. Its follower, Stacked Coincidences, is at first a bit more up-tempo and somewhat more Adult Contemporary…but in a way that makes that otherwise reeking marketing label gain luster…until Corban, who can’t restrain himself, thank God, lights up again and takes off flying. Comport your listening environment accordingly.

Track List: Dizzy Affairs; The Corbanator; Sea Of Fire; Hidden Reality; Event Horizon; Old Folks (Hill / Robison); Stacked Coincidences; Two, Two, Three Step; Swamp Ditty; Don’t Lock The Top; Limits Of Inquiry; Blue In Green (Davis / Evans); You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Kahn / Brown).

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Larry Corban May 2018 Gigs!

I’ve got some cool gigs coming up in May.

Wednesday May 9th with the Yashmin Charnet-Abler Bossa Trio at Trumpet’s from 6:30 -9:30pm. Trumpet’s is located at 6 Depot Sq. Montclair, NJ 07042
Venue phone: (973) 744-2600
Saturday May 12th duo with Michelle Walker at Anyway Cafe BK from 9 – 12pm Anyway Cafe is lacated at 1602 Gravesend Neck Rd Venue phone: (718) 934-5988
Sunday May 13th, Mother’s Day Double Header, with the Yashmin Charnet-Abler Bossa Trio at Trumpet’s from 11:30 – 3:00pm
Sunday May 13th, Mother’s Day Double Header, Larry Corban Electric Trio with Greg Gonzalez and Scott Hogan at Silvana from 7 – 8pm. One set. Silvana is located at 300 West 116th St. Venue phone: (646) 692-4935
Wednesday May 16th with the Yashmin Charnet-Abler Bossa Trio at the Delancie from 6:30-8:00pm. The Dalancey is located at 168 Delancey Street. Venue phone: (212) 254-9920
Thursday May 17th, duo with Grace Garland at Anyway Cafe West Village from 8 – 11pm. Anyway Cafe West Village is located at 34 East 2nd St.
Monday May 28th, Larry Corban Electric Trio with Greg Gonzalez and Scott Hogan at Shrine from 7 – 8pm. One set. Shrine is located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd. (133rd and 134th St.) Venue phone: (212) 690-7807
Come out and enjoy live music! 🙂
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Video of Larry Corban Trio from Cornelia Street August 25, 2015

Larry Corban Trio with Michael O’Brien – upright bass and Brian Fishler – drums

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Corban Nation is #64 out of 200 on the best of 2017 jazz album charts at RMR

Congrats Larry Corban – Corban Nation made the best of 2017 charts at RMR

https://rootsmusicreport.com/charts/view/album/genre/jazz/yearly/2017

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Grace Garland Duo with Larry Corban in New York on te%

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Larry Corban 3 w/ Harvie S and Steve Johns playing at Club Bonafide on Wednesday, June 21st at 9:30pm for One Set!

Wednesday June 21st, 6/21 at 9:30 pm for one set $10 cover
Larry Corban 3
Harvie S – upright bass
Steve Johns – drums
at: Clubonafide
212 E 52nd St.
New York, NY 10022
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Larry Corban “Corban Nation” Quartet at ShapeShifter on Thursday, June 15th at 8:15 for One Set

Larry Corban “Corban Nation” Quartet at ShapeShifter on June 15th at 8:15 for One Set!!

I hope you can make it!!

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Celebration of Paul Abler’s Life and Legacy and CD Release Party: Featuring Paul Abler

Paul’s most recent CD, Looks Like March, is a beautiful, melodic work with seven original compositions played by the Paul Abler Sextet: Paul on guitar, James Weidman on piano, Mark Sherman on vibraphone, John Fedchock on trombone, Harvie S on bass and Paul’s closest friend Leonard King on drums. The CD will be posthumously released June 2nd from 8PM – 11PM at Trumpet’s Jazz Club in Montclair NJ.

With an All Star Band!
James Weidman – piano
Mark Sherman – vibraphone
John Fedchock – trombone
Harvie S – bass
Steve Williams – drum
and special guest Larry Corban – guitar

 

 

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“Corban Nation” receives a stirring review from Jazzsensibilities on March 21, 2017.

Larry Corban | Corban Nation
March 21, 2017

by Raul da Gama

Corban Nation
Larry Corban
Nabroc Records (2016)

There are, principally two kinds of electric guitarists who are likely to be encountered in a survey of the music scene today: The first is the kind who aims his bolts right between the eyes, stunning the listener with electrifying pyro techniques. And then there’s the other, who fires musical missives at the heart, there to make the blood bubble and boil and create an inebriating experience of the music at hand. Larry Corban is the latter kind; a guitarist imbued with a soulful sound that comes from a hype-free musicianship that is built on the sound principal of less-flash and more-art. As a result, Corban’s music eschews funny time-signatures, sticking, instead, to hard and inviting swing. And yet, sparks can fly with a quiet, consuming fire fueled by a lot of passion about where there is to go. These wonderful characteristics coalesce right across the musical spectrum of Corban Nation, a joyous disc – the third CD that the guitarist has recorded with the “Aperturistic Trio”.

The unusual, ‘found’ word that Larry Corban uses to describe the music he makes with pianist and organist James Weidman, drummer Steve Williams and bassist and producer Harvie S comes from an invented disambiguation of the term ‘aperture’, that device that lets in the exact amount of light into a camera to take the perfect picture. Corban would do well to patent the term for it informs the precise amount of musicianly sizzle that has gone into making this music truly memorable. At any rate, virtually no other musician is likely to have produced the faultless intonation of Corban, evoking warmth and sustained emotion merely by caressing the guitar strings as can be heard on Corban Nation. For the record, the augmentation of the trio on three charts by the glorious and colourful arpeggiated chord-laying of the saxophonist Steve Slagle creates a classy collaboration on “In-Vision,” “Corban Nation” (the track) and “Slow Fizz.” Throughout, though, it is Corban’s excellent ear for sound that provides music that the other musicians delight in, following to an anything-but-inevitable conclusion.

The multiplicity of new paths that Corban and Weidman seem continually to be embarking on are exemplified in “Segment,” which takes flight from the sensibilities derived from the poetic assemblage of Charlie Parker. The music is rich with the imagination of a guitarist, ably assisted by the bassist Harvie S, a warrior of many memorable musical expeditions. The presence of Steve Williams, a ubiquitous figure in the late Shirley Horn’s band, is deeply felt and informed by a visceral excitement that is deeply felt in a uniquely blue Jazz manner. Listening to Corban Nation, a slowly burning disc albeit with brightly glowing embers reveals new dimensions to the sonic miracles that a group fronted by an unassuming, elegant guitarist can produce. Corban’s often intimate monologues are bounced off the three other musicians who each have a more extrovert frame of mind and play with a galvanizing commitment. As a result there is a constant feeling of exciting exchanges between musicians with dramatically different personalities. This has enabled Larry Corban to reach a new high point in his recorded output with Corban Nation.

Tracks: In-Vision; Corban Nation; What It Is; Child’s Tune; The Shape of Time; Segment; Trekian Logic; Slow Fizz; I Should Care.

Personnel: Larry Corban: guitar; Harvie S: upright and electric bass; James Weidman: piano, organ, Fender Rhodes; Steve Williams: drums; Steve Slagle: alto saxophone (Corban Nation & Slow Fizz).

http://jazzsensibilities.blogspot.com/2017/03/larry-corban-corban-nation.html

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Corban Nation on for the 7th week on the CMJ Jazz Charts

Jazz #1473

TW LW 2W PK WKS Artist Recording Label
1 8 1 2 EMMET COHEN Masters Legacy Series Volume 1 Cellar Live
2 12 2 2 TROY ROBERTS Tales And Tones Inner Circle
3 10 29 3 3 THROTTLE ELEVATOR MUSIC Retrorespective
4 4 1 FRED HUGHES TRIO Matrix
5 2 5 2 12 TAKUYA KURODA Zigzagger Concord
6 3 1 1 7 CHARLIE HADEN LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA Time/Life (Song For The Whales And Other Beings) Impulse
7 1 4 1 9 CORY WEEDS QUINTET It’s Easy To Remember Cellar Live
8 20 25 8 7 ROBERTO FONSECA ABUC Impulse!
9 39 3 5 DELFEAYO MARSALIS AND THE UPTOWN JAZZ ORCHESTRA Make America Great Again! Troubadour Jass
10 6 2 2 4 AZAR LAWRENCE AND AL MCLEAN Frontiers Cellar Live
11 26 11 11 3 JEFF RICHMAN Sizzle Nefer
12 12 1 JO ANN DAUGHERTY Bring Joy
13 9 7 7 8 JONATHAN FINLAYSON Still Moving Pi
14 13 13 2 GREG HATZA ORGANIZATION Diggin Up My Roots Flip
15 33 19 5 10 DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP Expansions Live Whaling City Sound
16 16 16 2 RUPERT AND DREXLER Imagination Rupe Media
17 4 13 1 12 NORAH JONES Day Breaks Blue Note
18 18 1 YELENA ECKEMOFF QUINTET Blooming Tall Phlox
19 19 1 CHRIS ROGERS Voyage Home Art Of Life
20 28 27 10 6 BAND OF OTHER BROTHERS City Of Cranes Ear Up
21 21 4 9 ALYSSA ALLGOOD Out Of The Blue JeruJazz
22 25 22 2 LETTUCE Mt. Crushmore [EP] Lettuce Records
23 19 19 2 STEVE SLAGLE Alto Manhattan
24 24 1 CHELSEA MCBRIDE’S SOCIALIST NIGHT SCHOOL The Twilight Fall Browntasauras
25 25 1 MATTHEW SHIPP TRIO Piano Song Thirsty Ear
26 14 12 12 3 AUDREY SILVER Very Early Messy House
27 18 8 8 6 STEVE LEHMAN AND SELEBEYONE Steve Lehman And Selebeyone Pi
28 28 1 NATE SMITH Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere
29 32 29 2 PETER ERSKINE As It Is ECM
30 21 14 14 3 MARK WHITFIELD Grace
31 24 10 10 4 CHRIS HAZELTON’S BOOGALOO 7 Soul Jazz Fridays Sunflower Soul
32 17 39 3 15 CATHERINE RUSSELL Harlem On My Mind Jazz Village
33 33 1 JEFF PARKER Slight Freedom Eremite
34 15 6 6 10 DONNY MCCASLIN Beyond Now
35 35 1 CURTIS STIGERS One More For The Road Concord
36 36 1 THUMBSCREW Convallaria Cuneiform
37 5 9 4 7 LARRY CORBAN Corban Nation Nabroc
38 20 2 12 JOHN SCOFIELD Country For Old Men Verve
39 39 1 BILL OVERTON Always In My Heart
40 40 1 BEN SIDRAN Picture Him Happy Unlimited
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