John Korbel – Falling Feels Like Flying (ENG review)

Self-released – Available
Rock Jazz
John Korbel - Falling Feels Like Flying

At first listen, this album seems familiar, possibly reminiscent of the 80s. It only lacks the excellent voice of Michael McDonald in the background vocals, and you’d feel like you’re there. It has a jazz/rock FM style, with occasional intonations resembling Michael Franks, but these are just impressions. John Korbel, the author, composer, and performer, has his own unique style. In recent years, John has released several other recording projects. In partnership with producer Art Ward from Century Music Group in Nashville, he has completed two EP projects. His first EP, titled “Earthlight,” released in 2017, skillfully blended bossa nova and rich, vibrant Latin influences, showcasing his talent and musical brilliance.
Of course, love is a central theme in John Korbel’s lyrics, but not exclusively. There is also a desire for a future that would be radiant for all, a hint of nostalgia for our dear departed, and music full of optimism in a time that sorely needs it. The album features magnificent vocals and very talented musicians, including keyboardist Mark Falchock, who is also the producer of this album, Steve Luciano on guitar, Ezra Henry on drums, Marco Bojorquez on bass, saxophonist Alain Bradette, trombonist Derrick Harris, trumpeter and saxophonist Sam Zambito, and Chris West on woodwinds. Background vocals are provided by Carmen Harrell and Sam Reckart.
It has been a long time since I felt this kind of pleasure from this kind of album, even though I miss, here and there, the saxophone of the excellent David Sanborn, which would have given a beautiful retro touch to some tracks. Nevertheless, it must be acknowledged that, apart from my personal desires, the production of this album is truly marvelous, with arrangements that live up to what this album makes us hope for from the very first track.
From my point of view, one should not overlook this album, which is rich in a particular know-how and clearly crafted with love. It is commendable both for its musical coating and for the high-quality vocal content of John Korbel. Nowadays, we rarely have the opportunity to savor such a feast… Truly, a jazz-infused cultural mix of this caliber is the result of a very broad culture, which can be heard in the compositions of this artist. Listen carefully to each track on this album; it is rich in both songwriting and arrangements. So, thank you, Mr. Korbel, for offering us such a beautiful CD that immediately becomes indispensable.

Thierry De Clemensat
USA correspondent – Paris-Move and ABS magazine
Editor in chief Bayou Blue Radio, Bayou Blue News

PARIS-MOVE, February 4th 2024


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