4.0 out of 5 stars The Debut Recording of New York Guitarist/Composer Larry Corban’s Trio
By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE™ VOICE
Appropriately enough Larry Corban introduces his new sound: `I am happy to announce that my first jazz trio recording as a leader is now available. I am joined by Harvie S and Steve Williams for what can be described as some transcendent moments of music making. This original music project is balanced by one standard and an absolute love for sonic contrast. Solo jazz guitar with bass/drums accompaniment is at the centerpiece but the acoustic guitar duets with myself work as an added sonic dimension to engage the listening experience.’
In the shadows of Corban’s playing and compositions is memory and influence of Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) the Belgium-born Gypsy guitarist/swing pioneer who was a master of tripping from single note melodies to crisp chords–and keeping it all swinging in his collaborations with violinist Stephane Grappelli. But though the spirit of Django remains the compositions and performances here have their own flavor – soul, blues, and of course, jazz.
The trio consists of Larry Corban, guitars, Harvie S, upright bass, and Steve Williams, drums the tracks here are as follows:
Side Swiped, Bossa Barb, Enjoy the Ride, Seventh Dimension, The Second She Leaves, On the Sly
3 Hours Late, Roll the Dice, Story Inside My Head, Dream Wheel, Wolf’s Den, Hmm
East of the Sun
With this recording the Larry Corban Trio is likely to become a widely talked about and listened to jazz ensemble.