Kristin Korb treasures the jazz tradition. She is known for her collaborations with Ray Brown, Bruce Forman, Jeff Hamilton and more who have all taken note of her incredible sense of swing. On Kristin's 2013 release What's Your Story?, she dug deep into her long-standing relationship with classic jazz material and those musical personalities who influenced her. Out of those relationships and experiences, a more developed and diverse musician is emerging and Finding Home.
Love brought the American bassist and singer to Denmark in 2011. This September, Kristin Korb releases her most personal CD yet. Finding Home features Kristin's stories of love, travel, language lessons and the peace she has found in her marriage and her adopted country. Instead of her "korbinated" arrangements of jazz standards, Kristin has made the bold leap to write all original material to fit her life experiences.
"Something to Celebrate" jumps out of the gate with horns and the declaration, "Great news 'cause today it is your day!" reflecting the excitement of new adventure and the journey to come.
"Growing up in Montana and living in Los Angeles, I never imagined myself in another country, speaking another language, or seeing myself and my native land in a completely different light." Korb continues, "The adjustments aren’t easy. All you’ve known and trusted (friends, family, language, culture, etc.) is gone." "58 Boxes" expresses the longing in that sometimes agonizing transition period:
"Seven days of rain as I look out my window. Missing family and friends. Sorry for myself. Change is hard on me sometimes, but I know this feeling soon will end".
For the recording sessions, Kristin assembled some of Denmark's finest musicians: Magnus Hjorth (piano), Snorre Kirk (drums), Jacob Fischer (guitar), Gerard Presencer (trumpet), Steen Nikolaj Hansen (trombone), Karl-Martin Almqvist (tenor sax) and Danish rock guitar legend Poul Halberg. Many of them, coincidentally, happen to also be expats (Norway, Sweden and England). Their shared relocation experiences bring extra feeling and expression to the tracks.
Korb's musical influences are as varied as her experiences living in Denmark. "I didn't want a 'jazzy' notion to dictate the direction of the songs. I wanted the stories to guide the feel of the music." This openness is most obvious on "Invisible" where Poul Halberg's rock guitar fills reflect the challenges of learning a new language and becoming invisible when you can't follow along or participate in a conversation.
"I’m thrilled with my life here. I have my love, my career and larger circle of friends and colleagues than ever
before. Finding Home isn’t just my journey. This is for anyone who has made a major life adjustment. Regardless of where we live, we need to be at home within ourselves, enjoying the moments as they come and treasuring the people and kindness around us."