|Larry Corban & The Aperturistic Trio — The Corbanator|
Larry Corban & The Aperturistic Trio — The Corbanator
♠ Larry Corban, NYC–based guitarist / composer / producer / educator.
♠ I’ve collaborated with The Aperturistic Trio (James Weidman, Harvie S, and Steve Williams) on this new release, The Corbanator. James was the perfect addition to the trio. His presence in the music has taken the music to new heights! Paired up with acoustic guitar duets on steel and nylon string acoustic and hollow body electric guitars, this record moves into some amazing places!
Location: New York, NY
Album release: September 13th, 2014
Record Label: Nabroc Records
01. Dizzy Affairs 3:48
02. The Corbanator 5:46
03. Sea of Fire 5:55
04. Hidden Reality 4:47
05. Event Horizon 5:01
06. Old Folk 6:23
07. Stacked Coincidences 4:58
08. Two, Two, Three Step 2:44
09. Swamp Ditty 3:38
10. Don't Lock the Top 5:30
11. Limits of Inquiry 3:26
12. Blue in Green 3:05
13. You Stepped Out of a Dream 5:58
♠ Larry Corban: guitars;
♠ James Weidman: piano;
♠ Harvie S: bass;
♠ Steve Williams: drums.
By DAN BILAWSKY | Published: October 19, 2014 | Score: ***½
♠ New York–based guitarist Larry Corban took his time creating a follow–up to his debut — Moving 4–Ward (Self Produced, 2002); it would be more than a decade before album number two — The Circle Starts Here (Nabroc Records, 2013) — would appear, but that one got the ball rolling again. Corban formed a strong connection with his trio mates on that project — bassist Harvie S and drummer Steve Williams — so he wisely brought them back for this album, adding pianist James Weidman — their band mate in The Aperturistic Trio — to make it a foursome.
♠ The Corbanator is a thrilling date with strong soloing and engaging interplay, but it also showcases Corban's writing talents, featuring originals that run the gamut from idiosyncratic and Monk–ish blues ("The Corbanator") to bop–based contrafacts ("Dizzy Affairs") to comfortably–felt odd–metered vehicles (""Hidden Reality"). In addition, Corban cooks on his own ("Swamp Ditty") and delivers some delightful duets with himself. That material, while well–played, is something of a double–edged sword, breaking up the flow of the album yet providing welcome contrast.
♠ While Corban's originals make up the bulk of the program, he works three classics into the mix. "Old Folks" comes off like a masterclass in taste, with Weidman and Corban starting things off, Harvie S delivering a deeply felt solo, and Williams gently supporting from below with his brushes; the penultimately–placed "Blue In Green" — the last of the guitar duets — is a low volume/high energy performance that tops the other Corban–on–Corban numbers; and "You Stepped Out Of The Dream," which closes out the album, is built on shifts between Latin and swing feels. Through it all, Corban kills, the band sounds like a million bucks, and the music benefits from the way all four players come together. Larry Corban has really hit his stride.
By Mark S. Tucker
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♠ Harvie S, award winning composer, arranger, bassist, educator and producer is continually challenging himself and his peers, expanding the borders of musical direction.
♠ A legendary bassist, he has performed and recorded with Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Tony Bennett, Ray Baretto, Michael Brecker, Jean Pierre Rampal, Paquito D'Rivera, Gil Evans, Art Farmer, Mark Turner, Jim Hall, Stefon Harris, Billy Hart, Lee Konitz, Yusef Lateef, Dave Leibman, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Paul Motion, Chico O'Farrill, Danilo Perez, Maria Schneider, Zoot Sims, Toots Thielemans, Ray Vega, James Williams, Phil Woods, Louie Bellson and countless others. He can be heard on twenty Cds as a leader, fifteen as a co–leader and over four hundred Cds as a sideman.
♠ These recordings include his work with James Brown, Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Tom Harrell, Sheila Jordan, Steve Kuhn, Pat Martino, Wycliff Gordon, David Mathews, Virginia Mayhew, Eddie Henderson, James Moody, Danilo Perez, Anat Cohen, James Weidman, Jack Wilkins Mike Stern, Dave Leibman, John Scofield, Dr. Billy Taylor, Dave Liebman, Yusef Lateef and Grover Washington Jr.
♠ Harvie’s CD with the legendary Sheila Jordan Harvie S duo is a magical live performance released on High Note Records called “Yesterdays”.
♠ In January 2013 “Witchcraft” was released on High Note Savant with Jazz master Kenny Barron.This is a follow up to the previous duo CD with the same duo “Now Was the Time” also on Hight Note/Savant Records.
♠ Harvie S was selected a Jazz Ambassador for the United States and toured throughout Europe and Southeast Asia in this honored capacity. He has been a guest on NPRs "All Things Considered" and "Fresh Air." His career is documented in Leonard Feather's Encyclopedia of Jazz, the Grove Dictionary of Jazz and the All Music Guide. ♠ Mr. S composed the musical themes for the documentaries The Trumpet Kings, The Piano Legends and John Coltrane.
♠ Harvie S has been featured in print and internet articles in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, Japan Times, USA Today, Downbeat, All About Jazz, Jazziz, Cadence , Jazz Improv, Coda (Canada), Jazztimes, Swing Journal (Japan), Jazz Life (Japan), Jazz Forum (Poland), Jazz Hot (France), Hot House, Jazz Improv, The Los Angeles Times, Jazz Podium and Jazz–it (Italy).
♠ Harvie S has performed at The Blue Note, The Iridium, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz Festival, and countless other venues worldwide.
♠ In addition to his performance career, Harvie S is an active educator. He is a Professor of Jazz Bass and Jazz Ensemble at Manhattan School of Music, Undergraduate and Graduate divisions.
♠ Currently developing a new music for a variety of musical ensembles and recordings, Harvie S is integrating his lifetime of musical experience and research into opening doors to new and exciting pathways of creative expression.
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