Gary Harp Amazon.com “The Corbanator” 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars `A superhuman step forward for the virtuosic New York based guitar cyborg’, September 20, 2014
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Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Corbanator (MP3 Music)
Larry Corban holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College, has studied privately with Pat Martino, Wayne Krantz, Joanne Brackeen, Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, David Fuze Fiuczynski, Mick Goodrick, and Rick Beato, and has accumulated credits towards a Masters Degree in Music Education at Hunter College. He is a king of the guitar. From the excellent promotional data, few could say it better: `The Corbanator is an invigorating demonstration of how vivid a sound-picture can be established by an individual with a clear vision and the right set of players. It moves from fast swings to guitar duet grooves over which Corban swirls. Corban’s imaginative and crystal-clear playing and composing is only elevated by The Aperturistic Trio, adding up to a stellar recording. The Corbanator exploits the many creative possibilities and musical settings for this great musician who’s playing and writing always tells a story. Corban’s formidable technique and intellect never get in the way of the music, but only serve the schema of the musical storyline. The Corbanator is an invigorating demonstration of how vivid a sound-picture can be established by an individual with a clear vision and the right set of players. It moves from fast swings to guitar duet grooves over which Corban swirls. Corban’s imaginative and crystal-clear playing and composing is only elevated by The Aperturistic Trio, adding up to a stellar recording.The personnel: Larry Corban – guitars – electric, steel and nylon string acoustic. The Aperturistic Trio – James Weidman, piano, Fender Rhodes, Harvie S, upright bass, and Steve Williams, drums.The tracks are as follows:
Dizzy Affairs
The Corbanator
Sea of Fire
Hidden Reality
Event Horizon
Old Folks
Stacked Coincidences
Two, Two, Three Step
Swamp Ditty
Don’t Lock the Top
Limits of Inquiry
Blue In Green
You Stepped Out of a DreamIt takes about a minute until you’re captured by this spectrum of music and originality. Then you’re hooked. Grady Harp, September 14

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