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Larry Corban, Emergence | The Vinyl Anachronist

Seeing guitarist Larry Corban with his burgundy Gibson L-5 archtop reminds me of the first time I heard a hollow-body guitar, back when I was a teenager. A good friend of mine was an avid guitarist, and for years he played on a Gibson SG–also burgundy. When he bought a second guitar, he was set on a hollow body Gibson for its unique sound. It hadn’t occurred to me that electric guitars could sound so different, but when he brought that new guitar home on that first day he played for me, and I was struck by that unique tone with those splendid new layers of depth.

On the cover of his new album, Emergence, Larry Corban poses with his L-5. If you go back into his catalog, you’ll see many more photos of that Gibson. He holds it like he never lets go, and he plays it the same exact way. Corban’s style is swift and precise, and he knows how to extract a perfect note, full of those unique hollow-body resonances, each and every time. On Emergence he’s playing with the Aperturistic Trio–bassist Harvie S, pianist James Weidman and drummer Steve Williams–a group of guys he’s been performing with since 2013. That makes for a tight and focused set, of course, although Corban has added a new element in the form of sax player Jerry Bergonzi. That opens up the sound on an already expansive recording, and the resulting quintet really swings.

“Let’s just start ripping,” Larry Corban recalls saying during the recording sessions, “let the volcano blow!” These aren’t wild and uncontrolled performances, however, but masterful turns from very experienced musicians. Corban is fond of what he calls “32nd note triplet land,” and the other four know just what that means. They don’t follow. They walk by Corban’s side, equally responsible for these complicated dance steps, which is obvious when you realize the magic doesn’t subside when Corban rests the L-5 on his knee and lets the others solo. That’s the mark of a quiet, encouraging leader, which always translates into a multi-layered sonic treat.

What makes Larry Corban such an intriguing and accomplished guitar picker is refinement. The identity of the Gibson L-5 is used as his foundation, and his appreciation of its unique sound can’t be overstated. But I’ve heard some guitarists use hollow-bodied guitars as a license to exaggerate those sonic differences, and they lose some of their technique doing so. Corban has taken a different tack by allowing the L-5 to inspire his play and not dictate it. If you love the sound of these Gibsons, Emergence is quite a treat–a study on how to do it right through an equal partnership between musician and instrument.

1 Comment on Larry Corban, Emergence | The Vinyl Anachronist

  1. Mark // July 29, 2019 at 11:32 AM // Reply

    Besides the good music, this recording throws up quite a nice, expansive soundstage, way beyond my speakers.

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Emergence is #23 on NACC week ending July 23, 2019

Top 30 Jazz Charts
WEEK ENDING JULY 23

TW LW Artist Recording Label
1 14 STAN GETZ QUARTET, THE Getz At The Gate Verve
2 2 AL FOSTER Inspirations & Dedications Smoke Sessions
3 4 BRAD TURNER QUARTET Jump Up Cellar Live
4 9 CHICK COREA AND THE SPANISH HEART BAND Antidote Concord Jazz
5 16 DAVE ROBBINS SEXTET Joan Of Art Cellar
6 1 ANAT COHEN TENTET Triple Helix Anzic
7 15 WYNTON MARSALIS Bolden (Original Soundtrack) Blue Engine
8 3 TEODROSS AVERY After The Rain: A Night For Coltrane Tompkins Square
9 5 DAVE STRYKER Eight Track III Strikezone
10 28 MIKE CLARK Indigo Blue – Live At The Iridium Ropeadope
11 6 WAYNE WALLACE LATIN JAZZ QUINTET The Rhythm Of Invention Patois
12 7 WAYNE ALPERN Skeleton Henri Elkan
13 22 MARY STALLINGS Songs Were Made To Sing Smoke Sessions
14 11 BRAD MEHLDAU Finding Gabriel Nonesuch
15 13 JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET Come What May Nonesuch
16 20 RYAN KEBERLE AND CATHARSIS The Hope I Hold Green Leaf
17 N/A RICH WILLEY’S BOPTISM BIG BAND Down And Dirty Wise Cat
18 N/A BOB SHEPPARD The Fine Line Challenge
19 12 PETE MCGUINNESS JAZZ ORCHESTRA, THE Along For The Ride Summit
20 19 JACQUES KUBA SEGUIN Migrations Odd Sound
21 10 GEORGE CABLES I’m All Smiles High Note
22 18 PUREUM JIN The Real Blue Cellar Live
23 8 LARRY CORBAN Emergence Nabroc
24 N/A GEORGE COLLIGAN Again With Attitude Iyouwe
25 N/A DAVID KIKOSKI Phoenix Rising HighNote
26 N/A DAMON LOCKS Where Future Unfolds International Anthem
27 N/A ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO We Are On The Edge Pi
28 21 ERIC REED Everybody Gets The Blues Smoke Sessions
29 N/A MARLENE ROSENBERG MLK Convergence Origin
30 N/A NATE MERCEREAU Joy Techniques How So
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Emergence Review Alert: Audiophile Review

Larry Corban – “Emergence” – Nabroc Records, Inc.

Suffice it so say that Larry Corban has worked with so many noted musicians that listing them all is not possible. All that experience has served him well as an earlier release, “Corban Nation” was ranked on four different jazz charts from #18 to #1, depending on which jazz chart was keeping score. In his fifth and most recent release, Corban sets down eight tracks of straight up, traditional jazz. And through them all, Corban is using a burgundy Gibson L-5 for all the guitar work. He is joined by the traditional jazz instruments of bass, piano, drums and saxophone.  All throughout this release, each musician takes his turn at some measure of a solo showcasing his own particular skills. While this is traditional jazz, it is also, on most tracks anyway, upbeat and in possession of a pretty good tempo. I found this to be a highly listenable work of traditional jazz and one that kept my interest – meaning I didn’t feel like I wanted to skip to the next track. Really good, this one. I’d say thumbs up.

Overall:   8

Sonics:   8

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Album Review of Emergence on KZSU

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Review of Emergence on Part-Time Audiophile

Seeing guitarist Larry Corban with his burgundy Gibson L-5 archtop reminds me of the first time I heard a hollow-body guitar, back when I was a teenager. A good friend of mine was an avid guitarist, and for years he played on a Gibson SG–also burgundy. When he bought a second guitar, he was set on a hollow body Gibson for its unique sound. It hadn’t occurred to me that electric guitars could sound so different, but when he brought that new guitar home on that first day he played for me, and I was struck by that unique tone with those splendid new layers of depth.

On the cover of his new album, Emergence, Larry Corban poses with his L-5. If you go back into his catalog, you’ll see many more photos of that Gibson. He holds it like he never lets go, and he plays it the same exact way. Corban’s style is swift and precise, and he knows how to extract a perfect note, full of those unique hollow-body resonances, each and every time. On Emergence he’s playing with the Aperturistic Trio–bassist Harvie S, pianist James Weidman and drummer Steve Williams–a group of guys he’s been performing with since 2013. That makes for a tight and focused set, of course, although Corban has added a new element in the form of sax player Jerry Bergonzi. That opens up the sound on an already expansive recording, and the resulting quintet really swings.

“Let’s just start ripping,” Larry Corban recalls saying during the recording sessions, “let the volcano blow!” These aren’t wild and uncontrolled performances, however, but masterful turns from very experienced musicians. Corban is fond of what he calls “32nd note triplet land,” and the other four know just what that means. They don’t follow. They walk by Corban’s side, equally responsible for these complicated dance steps, which is obvious when you realize the magic doesn’t subside when Corban rests the L-5 on his knee and lets the others solo. That’s the mark of a quiet, encouraging leader, which always translates into a multi-layered sonic treat.

What makes Larry Corban such an intriguing and accomplished guitar picker is refinement. The identity of the Gibson L-5 is used as his foundation, and his appreciation of its unique sound can’t be overstated. But I’ve heard some guitarists use hollow-bodied guitars as a license to exaggerate those sonic differences, and they lose some of their technique doing so. Corban has taken a different tack by allowing the L-5 to inspire his play and not dictate it. If you love the sound of these Gibsons, Emergence is quite a treat–a study on how to do it right through an equal partnership between musician and instrument.

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2019/07/29/larry-corban-emergence-the-vinyl-anachronist/?fbclid=IwAR2VvstGa423TjVG45XpShLTDed7YNddvoY9z6b94gH37mp_xQIf72GRcgA

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Sunday, August 4th Larry Corban Trio with Marco Panascia and Steve Johns at Bar Next Door

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Emergence is #41, Larry Corban enjoys a 5th week on the JazzWeek Top 50 Chart, peaking at #39 overall so far.

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Emergence #8 on NACC Top 30 Jazz Charts WEEK ENDING JULY 16

Top 30 Jazz Charts
WEEK ENDING JULY 16

TW

LW

Artist

Recording

Label

1

7

ANAT COHEN TENTET

Triple Helix

Anzic

2

3

AL FOSTER

Inspirations & Dedications

Smoke Sessions

3

16

TEODROSS AVERY

After The Rain: A Night For Coltrane

Tompkins Square

4

1

BRAD TURNER QUARTET

Jump Up

Cellar Live

5

4

DAVE STRYKER

Eight Track III

Strikezone

6

19

WAYNE WALLACE LATIN JAZZ QUINTET

The Rhythm Of Invention

Patois

7

26

WAYNE ALPERN

Skeleton

Henri Elkan

8

6

LARRY CORBAN

Emergence

Nabroc

9

N/A

CHICK COREA AND THE SPANISH HEART BAND

Antidote

Concord Jazz

10

23

GEORGE CABLES

I’m All Smiles

High Note

11

5

BRAD MEHLDAU

Finding Gabriel

Nonesuch

12

10

PETE MCGUINNESS JAZZ ORCHESTRA, THE

Along For The Ride

Summit

13

N/A

JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET

Come What May

Nonesuch

14

2

STAN GETZ QUARTET, THE

Getz At The Gate

Verve

15

8

WYNTON MARSALIS

Bolden (Original Soundtrack)

Blue Engine

16

N/A

DAVE ROBBINS SEXTET

Joan Of Art

Cellar

17

17

EYAL VILNER BIG BAND

Swing Out!

Self-Released

18

9

PUREUM JIN

The Real Blue

Cellar Live

19

18

JACQUES KUBA SEGUIN

Migrations

Odd Sound

20

12

RYAN KEBERLE AND CATHARSIS

The Hope I Hold

Green Leaf

21

N/A

ERIC REED

Everybody Gets The Blues

Smoke Sessions

22

13

MARY STALLINGS

Songs Were Made To Sing

Smoke Sessions

23

29

ULYSSES OWENS JR

Songs Of Freedom

Resilience

24

24

THEO CROKER

Star People Nation

Sony Masterworks

25

N/A

DOUG CARN AND HIS WEST COAST ORGAN BAND

Free For All

Doodlin’

26

N/A

ESPERANZA SPALDING

12 Little Spells

Concord

27

25

MOLLY HAMMER

Live At Green Lady Lounge

Jazz Daddy

28

N/A

MIKE CLARK

Indigo Blue – Live At The Iridium

Ropeadope

29

N/A

SOUL MESSAGE BAND

Soulful Days

Delmark

30

N/A

LUCY YEGHIAZARYAN

Blue Heaven

Cellar

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Larry Corban Emergence is #6 at NACC Top 30 Jazz Chart week ending July 9, 2019

Top 30 Jazz Charts
WEEK ENDING JULY 9

TW LW Artist Recording Label
1 1 BRAD TURNER QUARTET Jump Up Cellar Live
2 N/A STAN GETZ QUARTET, THE Getz At The Gate Verve
3 N/A AL FOSTER Inspirations & Dedications Smoke Sessions
4 4 DAVE STRYKER Eight Track III Strikezone
5 15 BRAD MEHLDAU Finding Gabriel Nonesuch
6 3 LARRY CORBAN Emergence Nabroc
7 N/A ANAT COHEN TENTET Triple Helix Anzic
8 6 WYNTON MARSALIS Bolden (Original Soundtrack) Blue Engine
9 N/A PUREUM JIN The Real Blue Cellar Live
10 N/A PETE MCGUINNESS JAZZ ORCHESTRA, THE Along For The Ride Summit
11 11 PAT BATTSTONE The Last Taxi New Destinations Leo
12 N/A RYAN KEBERLE AND CATHARSIS The Hope I Hold Green Leaf
13 2 MARY STALLINGS Songs Were Made To Sing Smoke Sessions
14 9 JOEL ROSS Kingmaker Blue Note
15 26 AVISHAI COHEN Arvoles RAZDAZ
16 5 TEODROSS AVERY After The Rain: A Night For Coltrane Tompkins Square
17 20 EYAL VILNER BIG BAND Swing Out! Self-Released
18 19 JACQUES KUBA SEGUIN Migrations Odd Sound
19 24 WAYNE WALLACE LATIN JAZZ QUINTET The Rhythm Of Invention Patois
20 8 KENDRICK SCOTT ORACLE A Wall Becomes A Bridge Blue Note
21 12 DETROIT TENORS Detroit Tenors Mack Avenue
22 17 COMET IS COMING, THE Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery Impulse!
23 18 GEORGE CABLES I’m All Smiles High Note
24 13 THEO CROKER Star People Nation Sony Masterworks
25 N/A MOLLY HAMMER Live At Green Lady Lounge Jazz Daddy
26 10 WAYNE ALPERN Skeleton Henri Elkan
27 N/A HERLIN RILEY Perpetual Optimism Mack Avenue
28 N/A MARLENE ROSENBERG MLK Convergence Origin
29 N/A ULYSSES OWENS JR Songs Of Freedom Resilience
30 N/A BOB SHEPPARD The Fine Line Challenge
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Larry Corban enjoys 10 weeks on the RMR Top 50 Jazz Chart, peaking at #1 overall.

Emergence is #7 on RMR Top 50 Jazz Chart on July 6, 2019

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