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World Café

by Ron Korb

A rich and flavourful blend of musical styles crossing over textures and rhythms from Spain, Italy, Cuba, and South America by Grammy-nominated flutist and composer Ron Korb. 12 brilliant new original pieces create a perfect sonic experience.
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1. Bailar Conmigo (Dance with Me)
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2. Sans Regret
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3. Cordoba
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4. Hilario
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5. Island Life
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6. Argentina
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7. Take My Hand
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8. Patagonia
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9. Sans Regret Reprise
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10. New Orleans
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11. Carnival
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12. Sans Regret Finale
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
World Cafe is a beautifully recorded spectacular acoustic instrumental album of original songs by Grammy Nominated Flutist and Composer Ron Korb. Ron’s beautiful flute playing carries us through each artfully crafted song with it’s own unique texture and that sparks the imagination and takes us to the various points of the Latin world. From the Andalusian inspired "Dance with Me" to the seductive Mediterranean Salon style cafe music in "Sans Regret" to the nuevo flamenco flavour of "Cordoba", to the Caribbean freeness of "Island Life", the Afro Cuban rhythms of "Hilario", the Louisiana soul in "New Orleans" and the elegant Neo-Classical version of the Sans Regret Finale with the evocative deep bass flute and cellos. 

This album is rich with stirring performances by guests artists like: The legendary Cuban Grammy Nominee Hilario Duran - grand piano, The award winning Johannes Linstead on Spanish guitar, The world class accordion virtuoso Joseph Macerollo, and cello virtuoso and innovator Margaret Maria and award winning pianists Laila Biali and Bill Evans. The entire album is played by masterful musicians recording their instruments in an acoustic studio setting. No midi software or synthesizers were used in any aspect of his project giving it a very organic and human feeling and sound.

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Josh Cheek

Ron Korb's sensuous, soulful journy to the Latin World
With over 30 albums and dozens of screen credits, Ron Korb has every right to be regarded as Flute Royalty. His mastery not only includes the standard western varieties (C Orchestral, Alto and Bass), but a whole host of exotic instruments from around the world. While generally classified as a “New Age” artist, I have always found Ron’s music to have a particularly global/World Music focus. His Grammy® nominated Asia Beauty being a summation of many of his Asian-inspired odysseys.

For his latest musical voyage, World Café, Ron takes us to the Latin world – from Spain to Cuba and the Caribbean to the furthest reaches of the South American continent. Joining him on his travels are Grammy® nominated Cuban pianist Hilario Duran, pioneering accordionist Joseph Macerollo, versatile guitarist Johannes Linstead and some of Toronto’s finest session musicians.

World Café is a tuneful delight from beginning to end, and it is without a doubt, one of Ron’s most accomplished recordings to date, proudly taking its place next to his Grammy® nominated “Asia Beauty.” Production standards are state-of-the-art - Gary Honess at Kuhl Muzik did a fabulous job bringing Ron’s vision to audible life! The booklet is gorgeous with stunning photography by Jade Yeh. But it’s the music that closes the deal, and this is an album that is as enjoyable listening to through headphones as it is playing through speakers while you chill out with friends, or that SPECIAL someone on a summer’s night. FIVE STARS! Highly recommended!
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Wanda Hamilton

Highly Recommended!
This CD is brimming over with brilliant new instrumentals and gorgeous delicious acoustic sound.
The spigot where Ron Korb’s imagination flows delivers a wide range of temperatures and styles. From refreshing tunes like “Cordoba” for a hot summer day to warm rich milky songs like “Sans Regret” to comfort the heart on a cold winter’s day. Highly recommended!
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Steve Sheppard

An outstanding album
From time to time we need to be taken out of our gloom, taken away from the negativity of the news channels, removed from the gossip mongers and sat down on a seat, in the most relaxing Coffee shop around, to enjoy a fulfilling beverage, some happy music and just simply watch the world go by, this is more or less what Ron Korb provides on this new release World Café.
This is a lush and colourful voyage of plenty and the first offering gets us well on our way and through the sun kissed reveries of Korb’s Flute on the piece entitled Bailar Conmigo (Dance With Me), we can feel that energy crying out to us, that it is simply beautiful just to be alive. Bill Bridges on lead guitar here was absolutely sublime.
Korb is a flute performer of such a talent and style, and with each movement we can journey through the many countries of our world, sampling not only Coffee, but an abundance in rhythms and melodies, like this next offering entitled Sans Regret. The French influence here is strong and the accordion of Joseph Macerollo utterly stunning, the emotion one feels from this piece is amazingly profound.
I’m lucky enough to live in a Mediterranean country and the sounds that drift from the many Café’s we have would be enhanced greatly if we could hear fluency like this next offering entitled Cordoba coming from them. This sun drenched composition reflects the passion and fire of Spain; Korb has an able partner indeed with the super talented Johannes Linstead on guitar, the energy of this piece is a fine example of musical Incendio.
Let’s just chill a while in Cuba, a place I nearly visited by accident, but that’s a story for another day! That Latino rhythm is here for you to enjoy, a little hip movement to sway with, and as the sun beams down on our day we can revel in a sublime performance on flute by the maestro himself on the track Hilario. Ron Korb is in full flow here, but we must also make a hefty donation into the hat of pianist Hilario Duran, the Cuban genius brings certain flair to the arrangement that is so very stylish, and of course, the track is indeed named after him.
Perhaps this one is for me as I live on an Island, but this slice of mastery maybe taking us on a journey to the Caribbean, I say maybe as we might also be taking a sojourn to the warm sands of a pacific island as well, the flute that Korb woos us here with is a 12-hole ocarina along with the bass flute, the energy of this selection manifests with ease, our time in the sun on this little island of incredibly happy music, with such a beautiful mood filled performance. Let’s also give a little tip of the hat to Larry Crowe for his percussive performances on maracas, caxixi, walnut shell shaker, triangle and bells, no mean feat indeed, on the wonderful song, Island Life.
Let’s take a few moments out now as we have arrived at the half way marker of the album and can enjoy the moment in another World Café in Argentina. This starts with a moody intent but soon changes course and lures us into a wonderful and rhythmic sense of melody. Korb and Macerollo combine again on flute and accordion, and this symbiosis of musical flavours is also added to by a really sensual bass line by Steve Lucas, this is one of those tracks that will have you twisting and turning into a Fandango of a Tango with ease.
A new venue approaches, and from its walls we can hear a melody that seems to spill from our very soul, the Samba sounds of Brazil are all around us and Korb, as he states in his booklet, has written lyrics to this quite amazing song, one can feel a sense of the artist perhaps bearing his soul on this offering too. Take My Hand would indeed be a fantastic Jazz song, one that I may even start singing around the home, trust me, when you buy this album, and if you have a taste in great music I think you will, you will be blown away by the stunning lyrics of this song in the booklet that comes with the album.
Patagonia is our next musical stop and this is a real borderlands arrangement, as on the very edge of time, between Argentina and Chile lies the desert of Patagonia, the fluency on this piece may well describe our journey through this region, but listen to Korb’s masterful performance here on this offering, this is one that would boost our energy on the trip with ease.
Before we head off to a totally new location, we are treated with a reprise of the earlier offering of Sans Regret, and then the accordion of Joseph Macerollo quite rightly leads us into the multi-cultural haven of New Orleans for our next moment of musical bliss. We have a real mixture here of Jazz and Blues mixed with European and Caribbean textures and the combination of Korb on flute, partnered by the brilliant trio of Brian Evans on Grand Piano, Steve Lucas on Bass and the ever so rhythmic Larry Crowe percussion and drums, bring us an offering that is sultry, sensual, mysterious and fun!
Well when in New Orleans, we may as well stay for Carnival. This would be a fun thing to do indeed, the flavours of the day would be amazing, as is this offering, listen to Korb in almost Ian Anderson style; the vibrant energies of this particular track made this one of my absolute favourites of the entire album and the multi instrumental nature of the piece was simply divine.
Sadly every good journey has its end and this is exactly where we are right now at our finale, and to celebrate this it’s time for Ron Korb to majestically take us out of the album with Sans Regret Finale, this combination of Korb on Bass Flute, a deeply moving performance on Cello by Margaret Maria and an almost David Lanz styled moment of piano mastery by Laila Biali was stunning
I believe that every good album comes into your life when you need it most; before reviewing this release I had literally just got back from a long trip away, so I personally found this the perfect album to re-energize myself with. World Café by Ron Korb is an album of wonderful textures and colours, it is a release that has been carefully crafted, but artistically created with such genius, to allow us many truly delightful musical moments of unbridled happiness from around the world, it contains a lush and beautiful production, it’s one of those albums you could recommend to anyone to brighten their day.
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Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Best Fusion Album of 2018!
Flutist Ron Korb released World Café last month. This is his twentieth proper release. That is quite a catalog of recordings for any career. This is my first time hearing his music and I was anticipating some great sounds just by looking at the title. To give you the right looking glass before listening, I would prepare yourself for some excellent world-jazz-fusion.

World encompasses a broad range in relation to anything however for music it means something very special. You know you are in for some ear candy when that word is part of the genre. In this case, you will hear Latin-infused instrumentation led by Ron’s magnificent flute playing.

My musical taste buds were meant for any kind of Latin music, this was not an acquired taste, I have always enjoyed this type of music. I love the rhythms and particularly the percussion that lays down that hotbed of sound. Larry Crowe is the main percussionist throughout with the exception of the superb “Carnival” and “Hilario” where Papiosco adds his congas and timbale to the mix. Bill Evans, the long-time collaborator of Ron, is steady throughout the entire album on the keys. Having the right chemistry between players is always so important for a successful recording session, it becomes very clear that is the case here.

If you are appreciative of the flute you will feel you have struck gold on World Café. I have always appreciated the flute in rock or jazz recordings. One of the factors that I greatly appreciate about this album is that the artist actually travels to the lands that are the subject matter of his music. All the music was written and composed by Ron, everything is the real deal with this man.

The CD comes encased in a quality hardbound book style with each page containing pictures, anecdotes and a list of the contributing musicians. This is not just a listening experience, it is all-encompassing. Through the CD booklet pages and the music, you get to feel the atmosphere of where he is and imagine the colors, sounds and smells wafting through the air. World Café is everything that it says it is and a little bit more for the astute listener. It is without a doubt my pick for best fusion album of 2018 and the bar is set very high to challenge it.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
Founder New Age Music Reviews

September 4, 2018
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STEVEN F. ADAMS

“MAGICAL, MUSICAL.. AND ALIVE
AS I LISTENED TO THE LATEST ALBUM FROM MUSIC EXTRORINAIRE RON KORB AND HIS AMAZING AN UPLIFTING ALBUM CALLED “WORLD CAFE” AND WHAT AN TOTALLY VIBRANT AND PICK ME UP ALBUM. THE ALBUM HAS A SOUND OF FLAMENCO THEMES ALL THE WAY THROUGH AND RON’S FLUTE IS SIMPLY PUT, FLAVORFUL & AMAZING & VIBRANT. THE FIRST TRACK CALLED “BAILAR CONMIGO” INTERPETED “DANCE WITH ME” AN WHAT AN AMAZING PIECE OF MUSICAL ART. RON CONTINUES TO PAINT YOUR EARS WITH TOTAL CLARITY AND USES ALL THE COLORS OF THE MUSICAL PALLET THROUGHOUT. THE NEXT SONG CALLED “SANS REGRET” AND RON HAS THAT SOUND THAT BRINGS IN A LITTLE BIT OF OLD ITALY TO IT, BUT REMAINS VIBRANT AND PUNCHY TO YOUR EARS CONTENT. THE NEXT SONG “CORDOBA” RON POPS IN WITH THE FLAMENCO PULSE AND HIS FLUTE WORK IS SIMPLY AMAZING AND SO COLORFUL AND CHALKED FULL OF VIBRANT COLORS, THAT CAN BE HEARD THROUGH THIS AWESOME FEEL OF SOLID MUSICAL MASTERY. THE NEXT TRACK CALLED “HILARIO” RON KEEPS THE PACE AT A FEVER PITCH, AND THE TEMPO IS SPLENDID AND VERY MUCH ALIVE THROUGH THIS SONG, AND SHOWCASES RON’S AMAZING ABILITY TO KEEP YOUR EARS TOTALLY TICKLED. “ISLAND LIFE” RON BRINGS IN A FLAVOR OF REAL CARIBEAN FEEL AND TOUCH TO HIS WONDERFUL FLUTE PLAYING, AND I PERSONALLY FELT THE OCEAN WAVES CRASHING AROUND ME AND RON BRINGS THIS IN WITH ALL OF HIS AMAZING MUSICALITY. ON TRACK SIX A SONG CALLED “ARGENTINA” THE SONG IS SIMPLY PUT AN AMAZING PIECE OF MUSICAL ORGASM, BROUGHT TO LIFE THROUGH RON’S PERFECTION WITH THE FLUTE. “TAKE MY HAND” RON CONTINUES TO POUR ON THE STEAM WITH HIS FLAWLESS AND SEEMLESS ABILITY ON HIS FLUTE, THAT MAKES YOU VISALIZE AND ACTUAL FEEL THE MUSICAL VIBES THROUGH HIS TREMENDOUS MUSICAL PRESENTATION THROUGHOUT. THIS IS TRULY A REMARKABLE AND AMAZING MUSIC MASTERPIECE. “PATAGONIA” SLOWS THE TEMPO DOWN A LITTLE, BUT REMAINS VIBRANT AND CARRIES THAT FEELING OF ALIVENESS. THE NEXT SONG IS CALLED “SAN REGRET REPRISE” AND RON RELIVES THAT FEELING AND KEEPS THE SPEAKERS EMITTING TOTAL VIBRANCY AND WONDER, WONDER WHAT’S NEXT ON THIS MIRACULOUS AND SUPERB SOUNDING ALBUM. “NEW ORLEANS” IS THE NEXT TRACK WHICH SHOWCASES RON’S IMPACTFUL & VIBRANT SOUND AND WITH THIS SONG RON PROVES WITHOUT A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT HE IS A WORTHY CONTENDER, WHEN IT COMES TO CROSSING OVER INTO THE REALM OF JAZZ MUSIC AND BRINGS IN THE WORLD FEEL TO HIS MUSIC. AS A TRAVELER AROUND THE WORLD RON’S VERY IMPACTFUL AND MUSIC STYLE REFLECT HIS WORLDLY TRAVELS. I REALLY HEARD IT THROUGHOUT THIS NARRATIVE AND SO VERY EXPRESSIVE MUSIC ALBUM. AS I LISTENED TO THIS AMAZING AND POWERFUL FORCE OF MUSIC, WITH THE SONG “CARNIVAL” I CAN TELL YOU RON, IS WORTHY OF AMAZING PRAISE AND DESERVES YOUR EARS ATTENTION AND I NOW KNOW THE SCUTTLE OF WHY HE HAS BEEN NOIMINATED FOR SO MANY MUSIC AWARDS. RON’S MUSIC IS EXCITING FROM THE FIRST TRACK ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO THE LAST SONG CALLED “SANS REGRET FINALE” WHERE RON REALLY BREATHES HIS TALENT INTO YOUR SPEAKERS AND THIS SONG IS MAGNIFICIENT AND BEAUTIFUL AND THE ORCHESTRATION IS OUT OF THIS WORLD, THE FULL SPECTRUM OF BEAUTY AND CHARM THAT EXPRESSES THE TRUE ART THAT IS TRULY RON KORB. THIS PARTICULAR SONG IS ACTUALLY MY FAVORITE ON THE ALBUM, HOWEVER THE WHOLE ALBUM IS SPLENDID AND SUPERB AND ALLOWS YOU TO FEEL THE VIBRANT AND MOST COLORFUL PICTURES PAINTED THROUGH RON’S AMAZING FLUTE PLAYING THAT IS NOT ONLY PERFECTION,BUT IT DRAWS YOU IN AND KEEPS YOU WITH IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH. I WISH TO THANK RON KORB FOR HIS WONDERFUL FRIENDSHIP, AND HIS INCREDIBLE GIFT OF MUSIC TO US ALL. LASTLY THANKING RON FOR ALLOWING ME TO HAVE A TRULY AMAZING EXPERIENCE WITHIN HIS MUSICAL JOURNEY TRAVELING ALL AROUND THE WORLD WITH RON KORB AND HIS TRANSFORMING AND BEAUTIFUL MUSIC.
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Dyan Garris

Phenomenal Musical Voyage
Ron Korb - World Café
Album Review by Dyan Garris, NewAgeCD


World Café is a unique, phenomenal musical voyage brought forth to us by world traveler, award winning, and Grammy® nominated Canadian flutist, Ron Korb. Here we are invited warmly from the very first notes of the enticing, energetic, “Bailar Conmigo” (Dance With Me), into the vibrancy and excitement of the Latin Jazz Fusion world. Okay, Ron, let’s dance.

In this thoroughly exhilarating, zesty romp, that is World Café, we are transported musically and emotionally to Spain, Cuba, South America, and even New Orleans. Accompanying the album is a twenty-four-page booklet containing pictures from interesting, inspiring places Ron has visited, along with his poetry, some lyrics, and liner notes. It’s an experience, truly, and reminiscent of when albums used to be albums.

Along with Ron, World Café features a most impressive cast of world-class master musicians, including the legendary Cuban Jazz pianist, Grammy® nominated Hilario Duran, among other notables. The varied instrumentation is spectacular, with guitar, acoustic bass, cello, piano, accordion, drums, and stellar percussion elements, all intermeshing in perfect communion with Ron’s flute artistry. On his travels, Ron has collected over 250 flutes. World Café features not only classical flute, but bass flute, bamboo flute, cuíca flute, twelve-hole ocarina, and the Japanese shinobu, as well.

Following the opening track, which has our feet tapping and our souls dancing, is the poignant, “Sans Regret,” which is literally, “without regret.” What’s interesting about this is the song is presented on the album two more times with completely different arrangements (“Sans Regret Reprise,” track 9, and “Sans Regret Finale,” final track 12), not only perhaps for our musical enjoyment, but possibly to underline and underscore that we should live our lives fully and with no regrets. We can have the same basic melody that runs through our lives, yet we can change things up in different and exciting ways anytime we choose to do so. Why confine yourself to one singular element in life? Instead, pick up your accordion, for example, and introduce some rich and unexpected elements into your journey.

Next up, we travel to “Cordoba,” Spain. This is an upbeat, catchy tune that you’ll want to listen to over and over again. To appreciate all the great nuances even further, headphones will enrich the experience. Here, the flute expertly mixes with guitar, acoustic bass, piano, and wonderful percussion into an enchanting Latin groove, perfectly capturing the spirit of the location.

The scintillating “Hilario” features the spectacular piano playing of Hilario Duran, mentioned earlier, who has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Chucho Valdés and Arturo Sandoval, among other greats. The mix on this song is perfect, with everything – amazingly played flute, piano, congas, bass, and drums – all just working together beautifully in supreme harmony. The song feels distinctly Cuban, yet also distinctly “jazzy” at the same time. Love this. It’s wholly masterful.

It’s really challenging to pick a favorite on this album, but I am particularly enamored of “Island Life.” Here Ron is on the twelve-hole ocarina, which is balanced out with the bass flute for an even richer tapestry. Dual guitars, acoustic bass, drums, and again outstanding percussion, round things out, making this a truly transportive, lush, enjoyable escape.

The flowing “Argentina” mixes elements of the Tango with interesting, rhythmic Cuban/Afro-Cuban beats. “Take My Hand” is a delightful Brazilian saudade, evoking feelings of deep nostalgia, but reminding us at the same time, that life is already full and nothing is really missing. The captivating “Patagonia” is a feel-good, free-spirit kind of song, again, with truly masterful flute playing. Along with the guitar, acoustic bass, and percussive elements, our spirits feel completely free to explore the vast landscapes of life, no matter where we find ourselves physically.

“New Orleans,” another personal favorite on World Café, is a funky, bluesy, jazzy number incorporating a derivative habanera rhythm called tresillo. The habanera rhythm is a foundational Latin music groove; a fundamental element of the Argentine tango. The tresillo, a derivative, is often an essential rhythm found in New Orleans jazz. Here is a perfect example of Ron attaining his goal on this outstanding album of a “world café” that successfully intermingles a “rhythm from one region with a melody inspired by another.” In this particular “World Café,” the ambiance is such that we can mix, mingle, and thoroughly enjoy. Let’s all go there and have fun.

World Café by Ron Korb is an uplifting masterpiece of multicultural musical immersion; first class, the whole way through.
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Lise Watson

Ron Korb Continues to Amaze with his Versatility and Virtuosity!
Grammy-nominated Ron Korb continues to amaze with his versatility and virtuosity in his latest release, World Café. Once again Ron knocks down cultural boundaries as he sends us sailing around Cuba, Argentina, the Caribbean, New Orleans, Spain, Brazil and Old Montreal. Latin jazz meets tango, flamenco, tresillo, samba, saudade and French café music.

World Café is a perfect example of what is possible in a culturally diverse city like Toronto, Canada. Based on the Carnevale traditions celebrated all over the Caribbean and Latin America, in Carnival, Ron manages to show his Japanese roots by inserting the shinobue flute. He does this again on Island Life, which features Ron on Japanese ocarina. This track has a feel-good sound that is reminiscent of the South African penny whistle and township jive rhythms. Such is the magic of what we have come to know as World Music.

A lively tribute to the Grammy-nominated and JUNO award winning Hilario Duran, Hilario draws on Ron’s jazz talents and, in fact, features the Cuban born jazz pianist himself. Along for this fine ride are excellent Cuban percussionist Jorge Luis Torres Paumier “Papiosco” on congas and jazz bassist Roberto Riveron.

Argentina, the country, features largely in two pieces. Argentina invokes images of the sultry tango, with Ron’s flute blending nicely with the accordion, cello and piano. Patagonia is a road song; we can imagine Ron’s long hair blowing in the breeze as he drives through the Argentinian desert.

Take My Hand is a departure for Ron Korb in that he wrote personal lyrics to accompany the melody. Although they are not vocalized on this track, they are part of the cd notes. This song has the melancholy of Portuguese/Brazilian saudade, but it also gives a feeling of hope. The warbling of the unique cuica flute is a lovely touch.

Other notable tracks include Bailar Conmigo, Cordoba and New Orleans. Bailar Conmigo starts off the cd with optimism. The flavourful Spanish guitar of Johannes Linstead is a highlight of Cordoba. New Orleans is a bouncy Afro-Cuban blues tribute to the infamous multi-musical city.

The French inspired Sans Regret holds World Café together solidly, appearing as both a reprise and a finale after the opening version on Track 2. Ron’s choice of showcasing the seductive accordion of Joseph Macerollo in the first two versions pays off soundly. Sans Regret Reprise has a faster tempo and again features, Macerollo, whereas in Sans Regret Finale, the accordion is replaced with Ron on bass flute, Margaret Maria on cello and Laila Biali on piano. We could be in Paris or Old Montreal, as Ron references, and It all works.

The tremendous effort Ron Korb puts into every project with which he is involved shows again in World Café. As with his previous release Asia Beauty, it comes with an attractive cover complete with twenty-four full colour pages of beautiful photos and notes about each song. Kudos to Ron’s talented wife, Jade Yeh, for another tour de force in graphic design and photography.
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