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.

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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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#43 on Jazzweek Charts Top 50 Jazz Charts July 1, 2019

Emergence is #43 on Jazzweek Charts Top 50 Jazz Charts July 1, 2019

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The Jazz Page Reviews Emergence

Larry Corban | Emergence

Emergence, by guitarist Larry Corban, is his fifth as a lead player and one that showcases the ensemble and much of his own acumen on his instrument. Corban is joined by the formidable talents of  Harvie S on bass, Steve Williams on drums, James Weidman on piano and Jerry Bergonzi sitting in on four of […]

Larry Corban | Emergence

Emergence, by guitarist Larry Corban, is his fifth as a lead player and one that showcases the ensemble and much of his own acumen on his instrument. Corban is joined by the formidable talents of  Harvie S on bass, Steve Williams on drums, James Weidman on piano and Jerry Bergonzi sitting in on four of the album’s eight tunes. The set is a nice mix of ballads and uptempo swingers with this lineup of seasoned pros aptly presenting a selection of wonderfully arranged originals by Jerry Livingston and Ray Evans, as well Corban and several members of the band here. Top-notch performances on an absolutely superb recording.

Larry Corban | Emergence

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Mood Media – Retail provider

Track #8 “You and the Night and the Music,” will be programmed by Mood Media who handles the retail music for numerous retail outlets – including shopping and restaurants.

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