The Rifftides staff’s vacation visit to California coincided with an appearance by Kristin Korb on her US tour. The bassist and singer appeared at a Santa Barbara Jazz Society concert at the downtown restaurant called Soho. Korb, pianist Magnus Hjorth and drummer Snorre Kirk were winding up a string of concerts that began in the state of Washington and took them south through Oregon and California. The tour ended tonight in San Diego. The Santa Barbara concert followed the outlines of Korb’s appearance at the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival covered here last summer. The trio was, if anything, more tightly unified than in its impressive work at Ystad. The swing and solidity of Korb’s bass playing in the Ray Brown tradition continues to deepen. She incorporated pieces from the trio’s newest album and added a few from earlier CDs, including her vocalese treatment of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz’s solo on his 1955 recording of “East of the Sun.”
Soon, the sidemen will be flying home to Copenhagen. Korb will be off to Canada to teach at workshops and seminars in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, before she, too, returns home to Denmark.