Larry Corban | Emergence

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Emergence

by Larry Corban

On his fifth recording as a leader and third with the Aperturistic Trio with special guest: tenor sax titan - Jerry Bergonzi for four cuts, New York guitarist Larry Corban blends unabashed swing on uptempo burners and tender lyricism on relaxed ballads.
Genre: Jazz: Post-Bop
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1. Sea of Fire (feat. Harvie S, James Weidman, Steve Williams & Jerry Bergonzi)
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2. Table Steaks (feat. Harvie S, James Weidman, Steve Williams & Jerry Bergonzi)
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3. Observer Effect (feat. Harvie S, James Weidman & Steve Williams)
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4. Soon to Be (feat. Harvie S, James Weidman, Steve Williams & Jerry Bergonzi)
7:46 album only
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5. Never Let Me Go (feat. Harvie S & Steve Williams)
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6. On the Fly (feat. Harvie S, James Weidman, Steve Williams & Jerry Bergonzi)
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7. Non-Determinism (feat. Harvie S, James Weidman & Steve Williams)
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8. You and the Night and the Music (feat. Harvie S, James Weidman & Steve Williams)
7:29 album only
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On his fifth recording as a leader, New York guitarist Larry Corban wields his burgundy Gibson L-5 with unabashed swing on uptempo burners and tender lyricism on relaxed ballads. On his third outing with the Aperturistic Trio (pianist James Weidman, bassist Harvie S, drummer Steve Williams) the core group is augmented by tenor sax titan Jerry Bergonzi, who elevates the proceedings with ferocious blowing on four tunes.
The fact that the Aperturistic Trio has been a working unit since 2013 and that Corban has recorded three times with the group accounts for the remarkable chemistry heard on Emergence. Add Bergonzi to that recipe, stand back and let the sparks fly.
The copacetic quintet comes out of the gate charging hard on Corban’s uptempo swinger, “Sea of Fire.” Harvie S fuels the groove with walking bass lines while Williams, a longtime sideman for the late, great singer-pianist Shirley Horn, lays down a persuasive pulse. Weidman, an in-demand player most recently associated with Joe Lovano’s Us Five, pushes the harmonic envelope during his probing solo here. Bergonzi, a legendary figure on the Boston jazz scene for decades, contributes a pulse-quickening solo and Corban follows with a flurry of angular notes that treads into the Sonny Greenwich-Dom Minasi zone.
“Table Stakes” is Bergonzi’s contrafact on Benny Golson’s oft-covered “Stablemates.” Corban solos first, heading straight for what he calls ‘32nd note triplet land.’ “My attitude here was, ‘Let’s just start ripping, let the volcano blow!’,” he says. “I just figured, ‘Hell, we’re not playing a Holiday Inn gig, so let’s let’s have some fun on this one!” Bergonzi takes that attitude to heart in his heroic solo and Weidman follows with a tastefully swinging piano solo that enlivens the track.
On mellow bossa flavored “Observer Effect,” Corban double-times nonchalantly while flashing potent chops. Weidman responds with a cascading solo that showcases his expansive harmonic palette and refined taste. Then on Harvie S’s hard-driving, dark-hued “Soon To Be,” Bergzoni is showcased in all-out shred mode.
The album’s lone trio number, a gorgeous rendition of “Never Let Me Go,” has Corban walking-on-eggshells with the sensitive rhythm tandem while on his percolating quintet number, “On the Fly,” The Gonz goes ballistic, stretching into the stratosphere on his tenor. The guitarist responds with another fleet-fingered solo to the heightened proceedings.
Williams sets a dramatic tone with mallets on Corban’s gently ruminative ballad “Non-Determinism,” and they close out in incendiary fashion with a burning take on “You and the Night and the Music” that has the leader pulling out his finest Pat Martino-influenced licks while also sweeping with impunity on his solo. The piece culminates in some boppish trading of eights with drummer Williams that further reveals their straight ahead roots.
From start to finish, Corban’s commitment to the jazz tradition is undeniable on Emergence. But he brings something fresh and highly personal on each solo, spurred on by his stellar sidemen. — Bill Milkowski

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