As elusive as Kristin Korb claims to be in the title of her 2001 release, her grace, charm, and musical virtuosity make her instantly recognizable amongst the throngs of up and coming Jazz artists. Technically, she’s a gifted vocalist, bass player, arranger, and composer, but there’s an invigorating sparkle and crispness to her trio’s sound that puts her in the coveted membership of The Great.
The skill and intensity of her bass playing come through without needing any acrobatics or flashy tricks, and with modest amplification and soloing time. You’ll notice her hip, in-the-pocket walking lines supporting the trio with laid back ease from the very first track. Her bass sound is mellow and earthy, while her soloing is sweet, lyrical, and makes great use of simple, singable melodic themes. Though there are no fast "burning" numbers, what the album lacks in speed it makes up for in style and intimacy. Just listen to her version of "East of the Sun", and you’ll hear a strong but sensitive conversation between piano and vocals reminiscent of The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
Korb’s subtle yet ingenious arrangements hip up a few standards that I’d thought were beaten to death. In fact, her interpretation of Gershwin’s "The Man I Love", with bass and piano in unison on the melody, is a stunner that cannot be missed. Not to be overlooked either are her three original compositions on the album, including the title track, which is solid, swinging, hearty Jazz fare. Hear a tight trio with flair and sophistication that’s long on talent? That’s where you’ll find Kristin Korb.