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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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#3 at NACC Top 30 Jazz Charts Week Ending June 25

#3 at NACC

Top 30 Jazz Charts
WEEK ENDING JUNE 25

TW LW Artist Recording Label
1 3 BRAD TURNER QUARTET Jump Up Cellar Live
2 12 MARY STALLINGS Songs Were Made To Sing Smoke Sessions
3 4 LARRY CORBAN Emergence Nabroc
4 1 DAVE STRYKER Eight Track III Strikezone
5 21 TEODROSS AVERY After The Rain: A Night For Coltrane Tompkins Square
6 5 WYNTON MARSALIS Bolden (Original Soundtrack) Blue Engine
7 2 JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET Come What May Nonesuch
8 9 KENDRICK SCOTT ORACLE A Wall Becomes A Bridge Blue Note
9 13 JOEL ROSS Kingmaker Blue Note
10 11 WAYNE ALPERN Skeleton Henri Elkan
11 17 PAT BATTSTONE The Last Taxi New Destinations Leo
12 16 DETROIT TENORS Detroit Tenors Mack Avenue
13 20 THEO CROKER Star People Nation Sony Masterworks
14 26 ESPERANZA SPALDING 12 Little Spells Concord
15 N/A BRAD MEHLDAU Finding Gabriel Nonesuch
16 N/A MICHEL CAMILO Essence Resilience
17 6 COMET IS COMING, THE Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery Impulse!
18 18 GEORGE CABLES I’m All Smiles High Note
19 8 JACQUES KUBA SEGUIN Migrations Odd Sound
20 N/A EYAL VILNER BIG BAND Swing Out! Self-Released
21 10 BETTY CARTER The Music Never Stops Blue Engine
22 30 MILES BROWN Evidence Of Soul And Body Detroit Mus. Factory
23 7 ERIC REED Everybody Gets The Blues Smoke Sessions
24 N/A WAYNE WALLACE LATIN JAZZ QUINTET The Rhythm Of Invention Patois
25 N/A DOUG CARN AND HIS WEST COAST ORGAN BAND Free For All Doodlin’
26 N/A AVISHAI COHEN Arvoles RAZDAZ
27 N/A LAURENCE HOBGOOD Lesseterra Ubuntu
28 27 BENNETT PASTER Indivisible Self-Released
29 N/A HOT 8 BRASS BAND Take Cover [EP] Tru Thoughts
30 14 ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO We Are On The Edge Pi
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PRI Jazz After Hours Play

http://jazzafterhours.net/Program/Playlists/sunday-june-23-2019

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Larry Corban energizes classic songs on “Emergence”

Guitarist Larry Corban presents his fifth recording as a leader. “Emergence” is a mix of styles and tempos. He is joined by the Aperturistic Trio, a group of stellar players with long histories in the genre. Corban is known for delving into the traditions of jazz and for spicing up tribute songs with his own, often electrifying style. “Emergence” was released April 26, 2019.

Corban has recorded with Aperturistic Trio before. Specifically on his fourth CD, “Corban Nation” and two other earlier recordings. “Corban Nation” represented the guitarist and his ensemble members well. The recording made its way to the JazzWeek Charts and remained in the Top 100 for 20 weeks. It peaked at No. 18. Similarly, the recording also peaked at No.4 on the CMJ charts and reaching No. 1 on the RMR Jazz Charts.

About Larry Corban

Corban is a New York City jazz guitarist and composer. The roster of musicians with which Corban has played is lengthy. They include Omer Avital, Avishia Cohen, Buddy Williams, Sylvia Cuenca, Essiet Okon Essiet, Ron Atfif, Ralph Peterson Jr., and others.

Before he became a professional musician and composer, Corban earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College. In addition, he has studied privately with Pat Martino, Wayne Krantz, Joanne Brackeen and others.

Larry Corban and the Aperturistic Trio and the sound of “Emergence”

There are eight tracks on “Emergence.” The songs are a range of styles that keep listeners not knowing quite what to expect next besides stellar playing. Two songs not to miss on the album are “Sea of Fire” and “You and the Night and Music.”

Aperturistic Trio is comprised of Harvie S. on upright bass; James Weidman on piano; Steve Williams on drums. Special guest for the recording is saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, who plays tenor on four of the eight tracks.

“Sea of Fire” charms with its running bass opening. The saxophone is light, but pointed. It serves as a guide to the song’s overall vibe. The spry piano comes in, joining both the bass and the lightly crashing drums. The song moves into a lonely, but classic-sounding showcase. When the saxophone reaches what sounds like the zenith of its moment, it returns with more energy instead of fading out. That showcase is followed by the dizzying guitar, and all of a sudden, listeners can hear what the critical acclaim about Corban has been for. The song’s abrupt ending is stylish and contrasts the overlapping energy and rhythm’s that have held listeners rapt.

“You and the Night and the Music” has a moody opening that sounds poised for more. That anticipated “more” comes shortly after the opening. Corban’s playing is light and determined. It sounds at times like an instrument that maybe hasn’t been named yet. The notes are high and rhythmic. But audiences shouldn’t miss the shimmer and crash of the drums, or how the minimalist piano is helping to keep things together. The piano showcase sounds lively and classic. The drums and bass complement each other while the piano shines. Later, when the ensemble takes the volume and energy down a notch or two, the bass has a showcase. It is perfectly rumbling and nimble, the strings seeming to bounce between notes. When the group returns to full sound, the guitar chimes in, and the drums offer a galloping interlude that hasn’t been heard before, and so audiences figure out a showcase is coming. The instrument works its way through perfect exchanges with each other. This beauty holds onto the audience until the song reaches its end in a jazzy mix of guitar, drums and piano.

With a running time of just under an hour, Corban’s “Emergence” is engaging. The energy, the jazzy grooves, the overall mix of the soundscape have to be heard to be appreciated.

Larry Corban energizes classic songs on “Emergence”

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Bob McWilliams plays Emergence on Kansas Public Radio

Bob McWilliams:  I’ve got two tracks each from Mary Stallings, Larry Corban, Avery Sharpe, and Rick Germanson in the New Release Spotlight Hour on Jazz in the Night, just ahead on Kansas Public Radio.

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Emergence is #4 at NACC week ending June 18, 2019

Emergence is #4 at NACC week ending June 18, 2019

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Jazz After Hours Airplay – PRI

Emergence is played on Jazz After Hours Airplay – PRI on June 15, 2019

http://jazzafterhours.net/Program/Playlists/saturday-june-15-2019

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Emergence Debuts at #39 on JazzWeek

Emergence Debuts at #39 on JazzWeek of June 17, 2019

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Emergence is #3 at RMR on June 15, 2019

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