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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.
Genre: New Age: Ethnic Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bailar Conmigo (Dance with Me)
3:24 $1.29
2. Sans Regret
2:29 $1.29
3. Cordoba
3:54 $1.29
4. Hilario
4:03 $1.29
5. Island Life
3:22 $1.29
6. Argentina
5:53 $1.29
7. Take My Hand
4:37 $1.29
8. Patagonia
3:03 $1.29
9. Sans Regret Reprise
1:48 $1.29
10. New Orleans
3:56 $1.29
11. Carnival
5:34 $1.29
12. Sans Regret Finale
2:48 $1.29
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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!

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!

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.

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

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.